This simple PDF was adapted from Howard Zehr's book, Changing Lenses: Restorative Justice for Our Times, and created by The Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, a program of Eastern Mennonite University.
- TAKE RELATIONSHIPS SERIOUSLY, recognizing you are one part of a web of people, institutions and the environment.
- BE AWARE OF THE IMPACT OF YOUR ACTIONS on others and the world around you.
- TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR INJURIES YOU HAVE CAUSED – acknowledge and try to repair harm.
- TREAT EVERYONE WITH RESPECT, including those who offend you.
- Whenever possible, INVOLVE PEOPLE IN DECISIONS THAT AFFECT THEM.
- View conflicts in your life as OPPORTUNITIES.
- LISTEN TO OTHERS DEEPLY AND COMPASSIONATELY–try to understand even when you disagree.
- ENGAGE IN DIALOGUE WITH OTHERS EVEN WHEN THAT’S DIFFICULT–remain open to learning from them.
- BE CAUTIOUS about imposing your “truths” and views on other people and situations.
- SENSITIVELY CONFRONT EVERYDAY INJUSTICES such as sexism, racism, and classism.
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