When: Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 12-1:30pm ET

Guest: Jasmyn Elise Story, Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Tammy Krause, Yarrow Skoblow

Host: DeMointé Wesley and tarek maassarani


As the restorative justice movement struggles to gain recognition and to pursue a healing vision within larger mainstream society, let us also listen to those within the movement whose voices have not always been heard or whose work is not fully recognized. In this spirit, the Zehr Institute is honored to amplify four beloved practitioners - Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, Tammy Krause, Jasmyn Story, and Yarrow Skoblow - who span four generations of the movement in conversation about the past, present, and future of restorative justice. Our guests will offer intersectional perspectives, as well as bring their rich experiences across a variety of non-traditional life paths to bear on deep reflection on how the restorative justice movement has been evolving, what it has accomplished, where it has fallen short, and what remains as challenges and opportunities.

Guest Bios

Maisha Winn

Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, MSW, is currently the Denominational Minister for Peace and Justice for Mennonite Church USA and was previously the Coordinator of Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) Restorative Justice program for over 25 years. She has provided training and technical assistance to  restorative justice programs across the globe. She co-taught the restorative justice course at EMU’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute for almost 20 years. She has co- authored The Little Book of Restorative Discipline for Schools and What Will Happen to Me? She has also authored the Little Book of Victim Offender Conferencing. Lorraine worked as the Foster Care Supervisor before serving in her current role. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Marywood University, Scranton, PA.

Maisha Winn

Yarrow Skoblow (she/they) is a Jewish, dancing, folk music-writing, nature-baby who has been intentionally immersing herself in restorative practices for the last 3+ years. In high school, after being deeply inspired by a Non-Violent Communication workshop and later reaping its teachings in an inflammatory interpersonal conflict, Yarrow knew that the ecosystem of human emotion, connection, and the ways we hurt and heal each other was a curiosity that she needed to pursue. Yarrow is passionate about supporting alternatives to punitive and relationally-severing systems, eager to uplift call-in culture while thoroughly and lovingly addressing harm and need. From 1:1 mediation to intra-institutional conferencing, Yarrow is building her skills as a practitioner of deep listening and witnessing. Yarrow believes that magic occurs when we are invited to reach our fullest potential. She is empowered to uplift others in Restorative Circles, consent-based relating, voice activation offerings, embodied dance forms, and more. She currently studies at Hampshire College. Yarrow extends deep gratitude to her teachers, including William Syldor-Severino, Jasmyn Story, Madhurai Sumhara, Cyrena Giordano, Jess Vecchia, and Jamie Samowitz, and the writings of adrienne maree brown, Audre Lorde, Howard Zehr, and many more.