June Safe Church Webinar: On Being Restorative Congregations In the Aftermath of COVID


This is the second webinar of the 2021 Series: On Being a Safe Church! In these webinars, we will be hearing from a variety of people that will inspire us to wonder together at how best we can create healthy and safe cultures in our congregations and communities.

This webinar will also be followed up with a free Restorative Practices Workshop on June 23rd at 7:30-9p Eastern and 4:30-6p Pacific, visit this link to find more information and to sign up!

Webinar Details:

Who: Our guest speakers will be Anne Martin M.A. Ph.D. (Director of Restorative Practices) and Mark Vander Vennen M.A., M.Ed, R.S.W. (Executive Director of Shalem Mental Health). Eric Kas from Safe Church Ministry and Liz Tolkamp a Faith Formation Catalyzer and member of Restorative Practices Task Force of Classis BC South East will help to host and facilitate this webinar conversation.

When: Wednesday, June 9th 12p - 1p Eastern (9-10a Pacific) (1 hour in duration)

Register for the Zoom Webinar here!

Anne and Mark have facilitated restorative practices in over 100 Christian Reformed congregations. Mark is the Executive Director of Shalem Mental Health, and Anne Martin is the Director of Restorative Practices. Based in Ontario, Canada their services include Individual, couple and family counselling as well as equipping and supporting communities, including faith communities. Shalem has a particular focus on equipping in Restorative Practices. They have a team of experienced and certified trainers and focus on supporting the community to build the capacity to successfully sustain healthy relationships, through workshops, training, consultation and coaching.

In this webinar Anne and Mark will help us to explore some of the following questions:

  • Why is being restorative and using restorative practice needed for such a time as this? Why would it be worth it for our churches and congregations to engage with one another and our communities restoratively?
  • What is the "The Social Discipline Window (U.S. Term)" or "Practice Domains (Canadian Term)" of restorative practices? How can we be with, rather than simply being for others or do things to others?
  • What do the practices actually look like? What is the continuum of restorative practice: from informal affective questions, to more formal restorative circles and conferences?
  • With a heightened awareness of shame in our culture, what is the "Compass of Shame" of restorative practices, and how can it be useful for our communities? 
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