Restorative Practices Coalition meets regularly at Sherman Perk
Circlekeeper Gathering We meet monthly during the school year at Sojourner Family Peace Center. Our monthly gathering welcomes all people from our wider Milwaukee area community who have been educated in Restorative Practices, so we may consistently gather, learn from each other’s experience, and be part of a supportive community of people who are keeping circles within our school, organization and/or community.
Restorative practices are listening and communication skills that honor the dignity of each one of us. Restorative practices can be used with adults, youth, and children to prevent conflict, to manage conflict, or to heal broken relationships that have been impacted by conflict.
Restorative Practices address the heart of the issue – our way of thinking. People are coming to recognize restorative practices as ways to form trusting relationships, build community, and manage conflict that can be implemented in any venue.
By punishing and ostracizing, societies the world over practice violence as a way of combatting violence. It is not effective. Yet the belief that this is how we must treat wrong-doing is pervasive – not only in our criminal justice systems, but in our homes, schools, churches, and community at large.
The breadth of possibilities for the implementation of restorative practices is reflected in the membership of the Interfaith Restorative Practices Coalition.
Victim/Witness Advocate (of Milwaukee
District Attorney Office)
The Alliance School Restorative Practices Program
And the list continues to grow. To its members and to others who practice restorative practices in the greater Milwaukee community, the coalition’s bi-monthly meetings at Sherman Perk offer an opportunity to network and to support one another.
The coalition began in 2000 as the Restorative Justice Committee of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. In its early years, the committee was largely composed of volunteers in the newly formed Community Conferencing Program of the District Attorney’s Office of Milwaukee County. As restorative practices spread at the grassroots level, all who implement restorative practices whether in their jobs or as volunteers have been and continue to be welcomed to the committee. In 2015, the Restorative Justice Committee officially changed its name to the Interfaith Restorative Practices Coalition.