Listening to the Movement: Essays on New Growth and New Challenges in Restorative Justice

New writings stemming from the Zehr Institute's 3-year project to advance restorative justice movement-building.

Forthcoming publication with Wipf & Stock Publishers, winter of 2020.

Introduction. Restorative Justice: Taking the Pulse of a Movement

by Sonya Shah & Carl Stauffer Read Now

Repatriating Conflict and Harm: A Provocation for Restorative Justice Professionals

by Ethan Ucker Read Now

1. Building a Bigger We: A Conversation about Restorative Justice Movement Building

by Rose Elizondo & Jovida Ross Read Now

2. Bringing a Racial Justice Consciousness to the Restorative Justice Movement: A Call to White Practitioners

by Mika Dashman, Katherine Culberg, David Dean, Anna Lemler, Mikhail Lyubansky, & Julie Shackford-Bradley Read Now

3. Shared Legacies: Narratives of Race and Reconciliation by Enslavers and the Enslaved

by Jill Strauss Read Now

4. Pedagogy of Circles: Teaching Restorative Justice to Social Work Students

by Daniel Rhodes Read Now

5. Bigger than an RJ Circle: Youth Organizing for Restorative Justice in Education

by Jonathan Stith Read Now

6. Critical Race Theory and Restorative Justice Education

by Kathy Evans, Brenda Morrison, Dorothy Vandering Read Now

7. Radical Relationalism: Restorative Justice With the Earth

by Valerie Serrels Read Now

8. Do We Dare Love the Shooter? Firearm Harm Reduction

by Ethan Ucker Read Now

9.Contribution of Peace Committees to Reduction of Election-related Violence in Burundi

by Mulanda Juma Read Now

10. Are We Serving Victims Well? Considerations on Victim Engagement in Current RJ Movement Trends

by Ted Lewis and Mark Umbreit Read Now

Epilogue. Restorative Justice – A Movement in the Making?

by Carl Stauffer Read Now

This anthology of ten chapters revolves around new developments in the restorative justice movement as well as assessments and concern areas regarding the current state of the movement. A common thread throughout the chapters is the recognition that restorative justice can no longer be confined to the realm of programs that serve clients. Rather, it is becoming a social movement that promises significant social transformation on many levels of society, connecting both systemic change with frameworks for individual and relational heart-change. Chief among those unfolding changes are matters of race relations, movement leadership and community empowerment.

The context for this anthology stems out of a three-year, grant-funded project conducted by the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice. The first two years included a facilitated consultation of select restorative justice leaders who grappled with future scenarios of where the field may be headed (2015), as well as a larger conference (Restorative Justice in Motion: Building a Movement) that allowed diverse groups to articulate both new successes and new challenges (2016). Out of that event (in 2017), contributors for this anthology were invited to write about those new applications and about current barriers and challenges to movement integrity. The ultimate aim for this third year project was to get the message out to a larger audience connected to the restorative justice movement.


Ted Lewis, Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking
Carl Stauffer, Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice

Publication Plan:

This collection of writings will be published by Wipf & Stock Publishers in 2019, and with permission from the publisher, the chapters can be posted online prior to formal publication through the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, Eastern Mennonite University.


Any and all corrections can be sent to Ted Lewis at before August 15, 2019.

Citations to these chapters can include both this website as well as Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eugene: OR, 2019. Page numbers will be finalized in the print edition.