Restorative Justice & Social Healing in the US and Beyond: Dialogue Series
This week, Libby Hoffman joins us for the continuing free telecouncil series on Restorative justice and social healing in the US and Beyond. This special telecouncil offers a powerful example of restorative practices in Sierra Leone and compelling insights from one woman who has dedicated her life to peace and social healing. Join us!

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This Thursday: 
May 17th
Libby Hoffman
Libby Hoffman
Founder & President of Catalyst for Peace and Co-Founder of Fambul Tok International. 





Ms. Hoffman has been active in peacebuilding for over 20 years in a variety of capacities - professor, trainer, facilitator, program director, consultant, and funder.  A former Political Science professor at Principia College, Ms. Hoffman left academia to focus on the practice of conflict resolution and peacebuilding.  She has developed and led conflict resolution training programs in corporate, congregational, educational and community settings. 




She was a founder and Executive Director of Peace Discovery Initiatives, which pioneered in positive approaches to peacebuilding, as well as in mobilizing religious resources for peace.  She has designed, convened and facilitated backchannel Middle East peacemaking initiatives and worked to bring grassroots Israeli and Palestinian peacemakers together with American policymakers.  She advocated for religion to be used as a constructive element of this peacemaking process and pioneered in techniques for doing this, culminating in the establishment of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Fambul Tok International is dedicated to advancing peace by mobilizing ordinary people-entire communities ravaged by war-in the hard work of reconciliation. Fambul Tok originated in the realization that peace can't be imposed from the outside, or the top down. Nor does it need to be. The community led and owned peacebuilding we support, witness and celebrate in Sierra Leone are teaching us that communities have within them the resources they need for their own healing.  We believe this process has much to offer other post-conflict countries-and the world. 


Catalyst for Peace is a Portland, Maine based foundation that identifies and CFP supports community based peacebuilding work around the world.  Our current work focuses on post-conflict Africa, and also on the ways moderate religious voices are mobilizing for peace. 

We are committed to finding the stories that aren't being told, learning from the lessons of local cultures and supporting their role in peacemaking, and disseminating these lessons to a global audience. 


*All archives posted at Telecouncil Website
Sylvia Clute of Unitive Justice
From March 27, 2012

Sylvia Clute is a former trial attorney and holds an M.A. in Public Administration

Sylvia Clute 
Sylvia Clute 

from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. Her recent book, Beyond Vengeance, Beyond Duality, is one of the most powerful testaments to Restorative and Unitive Justice practices and a highly recommended read.  


Dominic Barter of Restorative Circles 
From March 15th, 2012
Dominic Barter has studied the interface between societal a
Dominic Barter
Dominic Barter of Restorative Circles
d personal change, and the role of conflict, since the 1980s. Since 2004 he has worked as consultant and training program director for the Brazilian Restorative  J ustice pilot projects, in collaboration with the UN Development Program, UNESCO, the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Education and Special Secretariat for Human Rights. He has focused on developing effective models and training progra ms for practitioners to address youth crime and its consequences, as well as working with judges, school administrators, police, social services as well as youth and community leaders in supervising implementation. Dominic coordinates the Restorative Justice Project for the international Center for Nonviolent Communication.  
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Penny Joy & Saul Arbess of the Victoria, B.C. Restorative Justice Society and the Canadian Department of Peace Initiatives and the Global Alliance and Ministries for Departments of Peace
From March 8th, 2012
Saul and Penny
Saul Arbess & Penny Joy



MLK, Jr. AND THE POWER OF LOVE with Filmmaker "Crow" Ripper 


From Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2012 


Velcrow "Crow" Ripper 













"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

~ Martin Luther King Jr.


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