This spring, the R Ch Project is offering three online events to provide more opportunity for people to learn about restorative practices and also to have more interaction in communities of common practice. We are hoping that at least one of these will be a good fit for your own journey of education and support.
These events include a new Restorative Bible workshop series that will explore restorative themes through the lens of biblical narratives. (See below.) The Faith and Justice group is designed for newcomers and students to the field of restorative justice who also appreciate the intersections with faith traditions. Thirdly, the Restorative Responses group is designed for church leaders who could benefit from a support group that discusses conflicts and harms within a church community.
Connect here to sign up for any of these free events:
Restorative Bible workshop series: Saturdays – April 17, May 8, and June 12, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Central Time
Faith & Justice group: Tuesdays, 11:00 to 12:30 Central Time, starting April 6 and ending June 8
Restorative Responses Group: Fridays, 9:30 to 11:00 AM Central Time, starting April 9 and ending June 11
These links take you to a form to register; thereafter we will send a zoom line for the event.
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All events are led by facilitator and presenter Ted Lewis, founder of the Restorative Church project. Zoom tech supports are provided by students in the RJ Club of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. Thanks also to Rachel Larsen in Colorado for providing the supports for event registration and promotion.
A bit more about the Restorative Responses support group…. This group will commit to a high value of confidentiality so that participants can share information about challenging situations that occur in their own faith communities. These could include: relational hurts, disputes, divisive or polarizing communications, and personality clashes. Discussions will include brainstorming of response options and introduction to wider resources for addressing harms and conflicts.
In the fall of 2021, the hope is to reboot all of these offerings on a regular basis, and likely add a fourth event called Restorative Theology. That group specifically will engage the cross-fertilization between restorative justice insights and new developments in biblical theology. If you have a particular interest in being part of that group, you are welcome to contact Ted Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Perhaps you can help us spread the word of these offerings. Please pass on the following link to others who may want to participate:
Please know too that the Faith and Justice weekly groups are also designed for college-age students and other younger adults.
Pass on this promotional poster too! RCH Event Poster 2021- hyperlinks
This photo and the one above were taken from the Duluth shoreline of Lake Superior where there is a predominance of red and blue basalt, all forged out of the same volcanic activity in this region. These arrangements were made by Ted Lewis on Election Day of Nov. 2020.
Restorative Bible Workshop Series:
1. A Genesis Journey: Reconciliation with Hagar, Jacob, and Joseph | Saturday, April 17th, 11 am – 1 pm Eastern Time (10 to 12 noon Central)
2. A Jesus Journey: The Adulterous Woman and Good Friday | Saturday, May 8th, 11 am – 1 pm Eastern Time (10 to 12 noon Central)
3. A Jew-Gentile Journey: Resolving Tensions in the Book of Acts | Saturday, June 12th, 11 am – 1 pm Eastern Time (10 to 12 noon Central)
All workshops include breakout groups for interactive learning on communication skills.
For more information, email email@example.com
All events are free, and donations are very welcomed to sustain this work.