Restorative Practice Services promotes healthy relationships in faith communities, schools, workplaces, camps and community organizations. By offering interventions, training, and support, Shalem works with numerous organizations to respond when they experience conflict or there is harm done, and to build strong communities through restorative practices. One branch of this service is Shalem’s FaithCARE program, which seeks to provide services tailored to churches and faith groups.
In early February, FaithCARE trained an additional 21 participants from eight Christian denominations, in collaboration with the International Institute for Restorative Practice. These new facilitators can now provide a range of interventions from restorative conversations to circle meetings in response to the needs of their own faith organizations.
Our next FaithCARE training is approaching quickly! Entitled Learning How to Grow Restorative Churches, the conference will be held in Mississauga, ON on November 5 – 7, 2013. At this conference you will explore, learn and practice what it means to be a restorative church. The conference fee also includes Individualized Field Coaching. For more information and to register, view the conference brochure.
FaithCARE’s training is unique in that it offers the fundamentals of restorative practice from the perspective of faith communities.
Restorative practices offered through Shalem’s Restorative Practice Services are based on a framework that offers a respectful and supportive way of nurturing accountability. The framework includes an awareness of personal relationship styles, fair process, questions leading to the restoration of relationships when conflict occurs or harm is done, and an understanding of human interactions so that people feel safe to take responsibility for their own behaviour. Restorative practices help women, men, and children develop healthy relationships by becoming aware of the expectations they have of one another and how to support each other respectfully to meet those expectations.
Want more information? Contact Anne Martin, Director of Restorative Practices at 647-986-8297.
We are the relationships we create.
When we create respectful relationships
based on clear expectations and support for those expectations,
we build each other up and we build up our communities.