Restorative Justice: A Path to Peace

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I'm passionate about Restorative Justice and other Restorative Approaches. They're an effective way to repair harm within and between communities and peaceful communities are a foundation for global peace. Over the last decade I've been facilitating Peacemaking Circles and Restorative Justice Circles and I've seen the results - when conflicts are brewing, when victims of crime suffer and those who cause suffering learn to be accountable, when old unresolved hurts pile up until they erupt in fights, or when people simply need to come together, to listen and learn from each other and find a way forward together.
Now I've been invited to share Restorative Justice Approaches, principles and practices with Asian and Muslim professionals, peace activists and students who can take R.J. home to the communities where they live and work.
We'll be doing lots of R.J. role plays, based on real cases, or practicing with scenarios the participants bring, so they can experience R.J . approaches themselves.
I'll share all the information I've gleaned but a lecture on RJ isn't enough, reading a "how to" book helps, but isn't enough either. Experiencing R.J. makes all the difference. And experiential opportunities and lots of discussion is a big piece of what I want to share.
As a presenter and facilitator I'm a volunteer. I don't receive an honorarium, so I need your help to cover travel and other expenses!

Please consider how you might help spread R.J. and support this community based way of creating a peace filled world.

The organizers are:
International Institute of Peace Studies: The institute offers courses and runs workshops across Asia on peace studies and human rights. It provides training for peace building, healing, negotiation and reconciliation. It also hosts interfaith forums and dialogue exchange in order to create practical solutions to pressing social issues.
The Asian Resource Foundation (ARF) has been building the capacity of individuals, community based NGOs and organizations since its inception in 1996. Empowering Asia and peace building across political and religious barriers underpins all its programs.
Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN) is a network of progressive Muslims in Asia seeking to respond in a small way to the numerous challenges that people in Asia are currently facing: including increasing ethnic tensions, violence against women and children natural disasters and ever-increasing environmental degradation. The overall objective of AMAN is to build understanding and solidarity among Muslims and other faith communities in Asia and develop programs that lead to people's empowerment, human rights, justice and peace.

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Dear friends, I've been busy gathering the threads of work and related tasks. Since I returned I've been asked to help edit a letter, write a recommendation for one of the Peace Studies participants, a summary report of the IIPS course from my perspective and an article for AMAN's April issue. I will post a link to that magazine when its available.
I have not forgotten you and will never forget the feelings that your support created within me. It was an amazing, surprising and affirming experience to be the recipient of your generosity so that I could share Restorative Justice.
This was a very special journey and I am still digesting the insights gleaned from being with this international, inter-faith group of young people whose hearts and minds on focused on helping others and creating a more peaceful world.
I can never know the many unexpected ways in which I might serve or be of use until I say YES to something and step into the unknown. This experience made that clear to me again.
I taught 3 full day sessions on aspects of Restorative Approaches, using interactive exercises on Deep listening, Belonging and creating Community as well as an RJ role play, some quotes that are "touchstones" for this work, work with Establishing presence, Cycles of Intervention etc.
But perhaps beyond all that, being transparent and vulnerable was the unexpected gift that I brought to the gathering as I shared my Jewish heritage with a room of young adults who, except for 1-2, had never met a Jewish person before. I had not planned on that, but felt compelled to do so on the very first day! Several conversations did arise from that, but as is always true, its never just the words, but our simple interactions, that convey the most information.
I've been told since that the organizers feel that was the most "perfect" gift I gave.
My hope is that the participants I lived with for 3 weeks will be able to tell the people they know that they have met a Jewish person who did not hate Muslims, or Christians.
Just as I can say that I've met Muslim people who don't carry hatred in their hearts, but are working for peace, not war and revenge.
We fear one another because of stereotypes created by misinformation and misunderstanding. And because we have not met each other as individuals.
Perhaps reaching out to meet one another and speaking about the truth of those encounters is one of the most powerful Restorative Approaches we can take to promote a just peace in these troubled times.
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Dear friends. Back from Thailand and re-gathering the bits and pieces of daily life here.

You can read a reflection on the Peace Studies Course at rosegordonrestorativeconnections.blogspot.com along with some other posts.
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Each morning begins with interfaith offerings of prayers in all languages followed by formal studying from 9am-5pm and sometimes later. last night was a stunning and high spirited gathering with traditional or ethnic outfits, singing and dancing and foods people had brought with them. Today we will embark on an 8 hr. overnight bus ride to Chaing mai to study poverty alleviation and conflict prevention and related topics and hopefully have time to do a bit of "supporting the Thai economy" through shopping for locally produced crafts.
By the way, the weather here is colder than its been in 30 years! shocking to all those who come from warm lands...and food for thought about climate change.
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just finished the first week of peace studies with 34 people from Afghanistan, Tanzania, Lebanon, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Uganda and Bangladesh and 3 americans. More "resource people " on their way from South Korea and Japan...but everyone here is a tremendous resource. Great discussions on the origins and conditions of what we call "ethnic conflict" and different arenas of conflict, from political violence to social violence, and very passionate conversations on gender violence too.
This is an inspiring group of dedicated professionals working in all sorts of conflict areas. The world is in good hands with these young people. They are well educated, bright, full of heart and dedicated. The warmth and inclusive welcome they offer to each other, and to the older "resource people" is beautiful to behold and speaks volumes. I don't know when i have been in such an inclusive environment, expressed with such grace, ease and sincerity. The hosting organization, AMMAN and the Asian Resource Foundation have done a beautiful job bringing this "world of peace" into being and are worth whatever help we can extend to them...
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Happy to support this great project. Be safe and stay healthy..

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"thanks for the work you do in making the world a better place"

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