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Restorative justice conferencing with hosts: Faith groups providing sanctuary for people endeavouring to make things right

Schenk, Bruce
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Ontario: Ontario Multifaith Council, Restorative Justice Committee.

Bruce Schenk begins this paper with an observation that restorative justice is a grassroots initiative stemming from a community’s desire to make things right for those affected by wrongdoing. In this sense, restorative justice, to be most effective, should be grounded in the very community where the offense occurred. The “hostingâ€? model of restorative justice conferencing draws on the concept of providing sanctuary, a place of refuge and peacefulness. This model provides a way for faith communities to care for people as they wrestle with the effects of offending behavior. Schenk describes this by discussing the rationale for faith communities being a host site, by outlining pre- and post-conference activities, and by identifying aspects of the selection and training of hosts.


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