The talk will be a brief introduction to the concept of Restorative Justice through
modeling the Circle process. Restorative Justice (RJ), an alternative to the conventional
concept of justice, is based on acknowledgement and accompaniment. RJ amplifies
building a more just world. RJ foregrounds goodness, love, justice, and solidarity as an
everyday way of being. With roots in Indigenous societies worldwide, RJ principles and
practices foster community-building by allowing people to connect to each other's
humanity through speaking and listening (with an emphasis on listening) to each other
through storytelling. At the heart of Restorative practices is the Circle, an engaged
encounter, centered around our desire to be in right relationship with one another.
Nancy Fontenot, of Fairhope, Alabama, is a Restorative Justice practitioner. After a 30-year career as a high school English teacher, she completed a M.A. in Ethics & Society with a focus on Restorative Justice & Catholic Social Teaching (Fordham '23). Nancy is also a graduate of Louisiana State University and Yale University.