Restorative Justice practices can be used in communities to deepen connections and foster a sense of belonging for all community members. Building relationships among diverse community members promotes compassion and prevents conflict. When implemented with fidelity to foundational values and principles, restorative practices complement and enhance efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion/belonging.
MMC uses restorative Community-Building Circles to bring together a diverse array of residents to share their own experiences on topics of interest. In our ongoing Community Conversation series, MMC has promoted rich community dialogue about a variety of issues including, among others: cultural and language differences; gender identity; access to safe, affordable housing; mental health; climate change; and the criminal justice system. By engaging in dialogue about moments that affect each of us personally, we develop a better understanding of others and expand our capacity for demonstrating compassion.