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Welcome to this transformative course on restorative justice, a healing force and a mechanism for accountability. In this series of lectures, James W. McCarty delves into restorative justice as a dynamic global social movement seeking to transform harm. Restorative justice can be understood as a philosophy, a theological framework, an alternative approach to criminal justice, a set of practices applicable both within and beyond legal systems, or even a way of life. This course navigates the depths of encounter, dialogue, and storytelling as powerful tools of rehumanization.

James W. McCarty, Ph.D. is a scholar, minister, professor, and community organizer with over twenty years of experience in congregational ministry, NGO leadership, grassroots organizing, and higher education in both the United States and internationally. He is Clinical Assistant Professor of Religion and Conflict Transformation and Director of the Tom Porter Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University School of Theology.

Mini-Course Overview

Lecture 1: Indigenous Roots of Restorative Justice: The Story of Peacemaking Circles

Lecture 2: Mennonites and Restorative Justice: The Story of Victim-Offender Conferencing

Lecture 3: Aboriginal Justice: The Story of Family Group Conferences in New Zealand and Elsewhere

Lecture 4: The Challenges of Transitional Justice: The Story of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions in South Africa and Beyond

Lecture 5: Emergent Directions for Restorative Justice as Racial Justice: Musings on Possible Future

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