Have you heard the term ‘restorative justice’ before? In sum, it is the opposite of ‘retributive justice,’ or giving an ‘eye for an eye.’ It is a timeless method of listening deeply to one’s neighbors in community, being receptive, experiencing laughter and joy, and moving towards mending harm, understanding, and forgiveness. It’s a brave space to be you.
The practice of “RJ” often consists of simply sitting in a circle, being together, and talking. You will be invited to follow a facilitator’s promptings, but the space is always led by everyone and grounded in what everyone wants to process and discuss with the time.
Please join us for an all-student Restorative Justice Circle on April 19th from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the OCC Meditation chapel. We are hoping to try it out and potentially build a rhythm of it here at Luther for the sake of understanding and love. This first one is an in-person event, but as we learn more options will become available.
In order to ensure timeliness given our full schedules as well as help create space where people can share freely and to the extent they wish, we are capping this first Circle at 25 students. And, while we want to eventually include the whole community in a Circle invitation, again this first one is just for students.