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September: Restorative Justice and Wild Church
Join us for a conversation about the intersection of restorative justice and wild church, co-facilitated by Valerie Luna Serrels, founder/guide of Shenandoah Valley Church of the Wild, and Katerina Friesen, pastor of Wild Church Fresno. Valerie will be sharing about the chapter she wrote entitled Radical Relationalism: Restorative Justice With the Earth, that was recently published in the book, Listening to the Movement: Essays on New Growth and New Challenges in Restorative Justice, and how this informs and shapes her work with Church of the Wild, and what it could mean for addressing environmental/planetary harms within the justice system as well as a means of prevention of harms and reverence for the earth and all of creation.
Katerina will share about how restorative justice frames her work, both with people who are incarcerated as well as with Wild Church. Katerina works with the Insight Garden Program to reconnect incarcerated people with the earth and community through creating healing gardens inside CA state prisons. She will talk about how theologies and practices of punishment have harmed the human and more-than-human world, and the alternative holistic approach to justice that restorative justice offers, especially from an ecological perspective. Katerina will also offer some examples of how Wild Church Fresno draws from a restorative justice approach in their spiritual practices, from communion rituals to learning from Indigenous communities in their region.
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