Eastern Pennsylvania Conference United Methodist Church

Restorative Justice Training Workshop

Seeking Justice: The Emerging Role of the Church in Establishing Justice in our Communities

Saturday, April 1, 2000
Trinity-Chelten United Methodist Church
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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| Contact / Information | Restorative Justice Resources |

Restorative Justice workshop

"Seeking Justice: The Emerging Role of the Church in Establishing Justice in our Communities" is the theme of this training event. It is open to anyone interested in criminal justice and restorative justice ministries, and recommended for pastors, lay people, and persons now involved in prison ministries.

The training session will provide an opportunity to build a support network among people involved in criminal justice and restorative justice ministries in Eastern Pennsylvania.

Restorative Justice, in contrast to the American judicial system, seeks to work with victims and offenders to mediate repentance, forgiveness, and restoration -- and thereby allow healing of both victim and offender.

Restorative justice uses traditional forms of negotiation and community support to resolve serious offenses that the state identifies as criminal.

In the court room, victim and offender rarely meet; the judicial process requires that they remain adversaries. Judge and jury must make yes or no, guilty or not guilty decisions which do not necessarily reflect the intricacies of the situation or the best interests of victim or offender or even the community at large. Young offenders are sent to prison where they are educated to become hardened criminals. Victims are ignored by the criminal justice process, and often receive no form of restitution. The offender is discouraged from admitting guilt by the legal process, which further hinders repentance and reconciliation.

The U.S. restorative justice movement began about ten years ago under the leadership of Howard Zehr, a Mennonite whose book "Changing Lenses" is considered the authoritative work on restorative justice. Changing Lenses is recommended as preparatory reading for the Philadelphia training event.

Program Schedule

Saturday, April 1, 2000
8:30-9:00am Registration, coffee, resource displays, book table
9:00-9:30 Opening Worship, Introduction
9:30-10:15 Keynote Presentations:
10:30-12:15pm Workshops (1st session)
  1. Prison Industrial Complex
  2. Victims and Offenders in Conversation
  3. Death Penalty
  4. Victims' Needs and Experiences
  5. Offenders' Needs and Experiences
  6. Integrative Justice Ministries
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30pm Workshops (2nd session)
2:45-3:30 Restorative Justice models
and networking
3:30-4:00Service of Commitment


Each workshop will be offered twice, so that each participant will be able to attend two sessions.
  1. The Prison Industrial Complex
  2. Victims and Offenders in Conversation
  3. Death Penalty
  4. Victims' Needs and Experiences
  5. Offenders' Needs and Experiences:
  6. Integrative Justice Ministries

Keynote Speakers and Workshop Leaders

Pastor Shirley Toler is Senior Offiecer of the Global Harvest Ministries Network, and along with her husband Eugene, pastor of the Global Harvest Worship center. She is also the Case Manager/Job Developer for the Transitional Journey Welfare-To-Work Program operating out of Cookman United Methodist Church. Pastor Toler has been involved in Prison Ministry for the past 17 years. She has been on both sides of the prison system, as an ex-offender and as an advocate for new-life for those still incarcerated God has delivered her from a life of addiction and prison and has anointed her to set the captive free.

John A. Kirk has served as a prison chaplain over the Youth Facilities of the North Carolina Department of Correction, Inner City Director for the Nashville, Tennessee Y.M.C.A., Superintendent of McCain Correctional Center (N.C.), and local church pastor in Waterbury and Shelburne, Vermont. His current title at General Board of Global Ministries is Executive Secretary / Prison Ministries. He is a member of Troy Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Training Workshop Location

Trinity-Chelten United Methodist Church
2145 E. Chelten Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19138


From the East or West: Follow I-276 to Rt. 309, (Fort Washington Expressway, Exit. 26). [Then follow directions "From the North."]

From the North: Follow Rt. 309 (Fort Washington Expressway) south into Philadelphia. About 5 miles south of I-276, Rt. 309 joins onto Ogontz Ave. Continue on Ogontz Ave. (not Rt. 309) to Stenton Ave. At this intersection turn right onto Chelten Ave. The church is on the right at Chelten Ave and Wister Street.

From the South: Follow Broad Street (Rt. 611) north to Stenton Ave. Turn left onto Stenton Ave. and continue west to Wister St. Turn left onto Wister and follow Wister 2 blocks south to the church (on your left) at Chelten Ave.

Parking: Park on the street or in the lot across Chelten St. from the church.

(For additional information, request a copy of the printed announcement which includes a simple map of the location.)

Registration Form






Church /Org.______________________________

Phone (______)___________________________

Phone (______)___________________________

I would like CEU (continuing education) 
                      certificate:  ___Yes   ___No   

Cost to Participants:  $10.00, including lunch
(scholarship assistance is available if needed)

 Amount enclosed:   $__________________
Make checks payable to:
      Eastern Pennsylvania Conference

Tear off and mail this registration form to:
             Rev. Allen G. Jenkins, Jr.
             52 Arbor Meadows
             Sicklerville, NJ 08081

Registration deadline is March 20, 2000.
Note: Space is limited.  Please register early.
Workshop choices: (each person may attend two)
1st_______                            2nd_______

Child care will be provided by request:
Child's Name      Age



This gathering is sponsored by :

For additional information, contact:

Rev. Allen Jenkins, Jr.
or Robert Walden.
You may contact the Church and Society Work Team or the Restorative Justice Work Team by phone, mail, or E-mail:
Robert Walden
826 Tioga Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Rev. Allen G. Jenkins, Jr.
52 Arbor Meadows
Sicklerville, NJ 08081

Restorative Justice Resources

The Restorative Justice Work Team, which first met in January, 2000, is hosting the April 1st introductory workshop, and plans to build other restorative justice programs in Eastern Pennsylvania, including opportunities for intensive training in areas such as those covered in the introductory workshop.

Other introductory workshops and training sessions on Restorative Justice and Prison Ministries may be scheduled by request. A 51-minute video "Restoring Justice" is also available for loan. [Contact Robert Walden or Rev. Allen Jenkins, Jr. for further information.]

Links to many Restorative Justice resources can be found at the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries Restorative Justice web site gbgm-umc.org/restorative-justice/.

Resources for this this training session have also been provided through the United Methodist Restorative Justice Program, Mr. Harmon Wray, Director, The United Methodist Church, 1008 19th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37212. 615-329-2279, hwray@gbgm-umc.org

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