Learning Resources in Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices for Participants in the PIVOT NW 2023-24 Program, Seattle WA



Little Book Series for Peacebuilding and Justice Work (over 2 dozen books; very affordable)

One example:  Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice  by Fania Davis

Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians  by John Paul Lederach (great introduction with biblical references)

Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing  by Emmanual Katongole and Chris Rice

Changing Lenses: Restorative Justice for Our Times  by Howard Zehr  (Herald Press, 1990; 25 year edition, 2015)  A classic pioneering text.

Ambassadors of Reconciliation (Vols 1 & 2)  Elaine Enns and Ched Myers (Orbis)  Bridges micro and macro well.

Healing Haunted Histories: A Settler Discipleship of Decolonization by Elaine Enns and Ched Myers

A JustPeace Ethics: A Guide to Restorative Justice and Peacebuilding  by Jarem Sawatsky

The Space Between Us: Conversations About Transforming Conflict  by Betty Pries  Provides a lot of good framework for understanding human conflicts.  (Read a book review on this)

How Your Church Family Works: Understanding Congregations as Emotional Systems  by Peter Steinke

Want a deeper dive into biblical studies and restorative justice?  View this webpage about Christopher Marshall’s writings.


View the Partners Page on the Restorative Justice website which lists over two dozen centers.

One example: Alban Institute at Duke University / Resources on Conflict Transformation

Braver Angels organization in Washington (initiatives to depolarize our society)


Healing Justice  — Focus on incarcerated people and their journeys of healing and accountability.  (I own a DVD for loaning)

Youtube videos on restorative justice are very plentiful. Just put in keywords and you’ll find more than you can view.

One example: New Zealand Family Group Conference. Restorative Practices (intervention for a crime)

You can also search for Ted Talks on restorative themes, and dozens of options will come up.

Moving from Dividing Walls of Hostility toward Christian Unity  A panel discussion from Feb 2023 at the Worship Symposium at Calvin University

Journey into Restorative Justice by Elaine Enns  (April 7, 2019; deals with historical harm and trans-generational trauma)

Articles and Handouts by Ted Lewis


Reparation Starts with Relationship (Anabaptist World, September 1, 2023)

Philemon and Forgiveness (Anabaptist World, Sept. 22, 2016)

Restorative Justice: Returning Good for Evil (The Plough, Aug. 22, 2016)

Cycles of Violence, Cycles of Virtue (The Mennonite, May 25, 2015)

Wounding and Wounded Words (The Mennonite, May 1, 2014)

Mulling and Murmuring (The Mennonite, Dec. 1, 2013)

The Power of Apology (The Mennonite, Nov. 1, 2011)

The Four Renderings (The Mennonite, Aug. 1, 2008)  Evil for Good / Evil for Evil / Good for Good / Good for Evil

God’s Communication Style is Kenotic (The Mennonite, July 22, 2008). On Servanthood Communication (kenosis in Greek means ’emptying’.


Civic and Local Realm: More Articles

A Restorative Justice Dream for Duluth: Where Truth and Trust Meet (transcribed speech given on July 15, 2021 at the lynching memorial in Duluth, MN.  Duluth Weekly Reader)

No Justice, No Peace: A Restorative Perspective (Duluth Weekly Reader, Aug. 20, 2020) References a Seattle case involving police and Native American community.

Navigating the Currents of Truth, Trust and Power (Radical Discipleship “Rock, Paper, Scissors, March 6, 2019)

Handouts and Manuals

Introduction to Restorative Practices for Churches 2023

Restorative  Conference Facilitation Training Manual – 2023

Advanced Training Manual for Restorative Facilitators 2023

School Restorative Practices handout 2017


Poem “The Last to Leave” (related to the gospel scene of the woman caught in adultery)


To Pivot NW participants… throughout our year of learning, please feel free to ask for more specific resources that you are interested in, and I’ll help to find and post them for you!