Zacchaeus made amends to persons he had defrauded, so deeply had he taken Jesus' love to heart. (Luke 19:1-19) As ambassadors of reconciliation, we are to make amends when we can, allow others to make amends, and foster this practice broadly as a way to heal the world's hurts. It's called "restorative justice," and it has become a movement in our day.
The Kentucky Council of Churches has stated, "The primary Christian understanding of justice is one that focuses on the potential for redemption, an effort to restore wholeness -- wholeness to the individual, as well as wholeness to the community."
Please consider attending the Restorative Justice 2014 assembly sponsored by the Council. Everything needed for registration is on our web site. You may download the brochure containing all the details here.
The dates are Friday October 24th (late morning) and Saturday October 25th (adjourning just before lunch). The location, in Lakeside Park, Kentucky, is just south of Covington in northern Kentucky. The leaders will include:
The Rev. Dr. Carl Stauffer
Co-Director of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University, Stauffer has done hands on work for restorative justice in the US and abroad.
Ms. Nontombi Naomi Tutu
Having lived through the end of apartheid as the daughter of Bishop Desmond Tutu, she is a moving speaker on issues of truth and reconciliation, gender and race.
Sister Helen Prejean
Spiritual advisor to death row inmates, she is the author of Dead Man Walking as well as The Death of the Innocents.
The devotions leaders and workshops, banquet awards, exhibits, and fellowship with leaders of a dozen Christian traditions all work together to make this an opportunity to "go deep" into the most challenging aspects of the Gospel.
Please prayerfully consider registering for and attending this event!