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On March 24th-25th (a Friday/Saturday), Congregational Ministries will offer a two-day training in Restorative Practice for Faith Communities. This training will be held at the CRCNA offices (3475 Mainway) in Burlington, Ontario. This training will introduce participants to FaithCARE’s framework and vision for restorative congregations.

Participants will learn how to design and facilitate proactive listening circles for a variety of topics and occasions. You'll also learn how to incorporate restorative practices to enrich interpersonal relationships, small groups, teams, congregational life, and many other contexts.

When: March 24 & 25, 2023 (Friday & Saturday) from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm

Where: CRCNA head offices, Burlington (3475 Mainway, Burlington)

>>REGISTER here for this training

Cost: The cost of this training is $125 and includes lunch. If you would like to apply for a $50 scholarship, please email Rev. Eric Kas ([email protected]) with Scholarship in the email subject line. 

In this training, you’ll learn how restorative practice can enrich:

  • Leadership meetings
  • Staff meetings
  • Bible studies
  • Small groups
  • Youth group
  • Congregational discernment

 This training is recommended for:

  • Lay Leaders and Members
  • Pastors
  • Council and Board members
  • Leadership teams
  • Pastoral care teams
  • Interim ministers
  • Denominational staff

Note: This training incorporates content that is typically used in days 1 & 2 of restorative practice training, but contextualized to a congregational setting. Those who will lead this training have been trained to be trainers by Shalem Mental Health Network’s FaithCARE Staff.

Learn more about Becoming a Restorative Church and participating in the Restorative Congregation Cohort at



I was very interested in your Restorative Practices for faith Communities workshop. I am volunteering as Restorative Justice Facilitator conducting Restorative circles with young offenders. I would love to learn how take a restorative approach into my home church (Orangeville CRC) 

However I do work full time making it hard to attend the planned work shop currently being offered.

Would love to see the work shop offered perhaps over 2 saturdays and possibly with a "Zoom" component so more people can take advantage of the workshop. 

Hopefully there is an opportunity that this workshop will be repeated / offered a number of different times in the future

Thank you for the feedback, Jan.  This is really helpful.  We'll keep this in mind the next time we offer a training like this.  Blessings on your work as a restorative justice facilitator for young offenders.  That is such important work.

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