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Response to Overture 1: Adopt a Study Report on Restorative Justice In "Minutes of Synod 2003", Acts of Synod 2003, pp. 617-618. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Christian Reformed Church in North America. Held June 14-19, at B.J. Haan Auditorium, Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa
In February 2000, the CRC Office of Social Justice convened a consultation of thirty-five persons connected to the criminal justice system in the United States and Canada. It was this group that initially advocated denominational involvement in restorative justice issues. Following this, a working group was formed to study and raise awareness concerning these issues. (excerpt)
Overture 1: Adopt a Study Report on Restorative Justice. In Agenda for Synod 2003, pp. 401-422. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Christian Reformed Church in North America. Held June 14-19, at B.J. Haan Auditorium, Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa.
This overture to the Synod of the Christian Reformed Church in North America seeks adoption of the British Columbia North-West classis' study report on restorative justice, included as the appendix. The report gives a background to the study, and goes on to cover the following topics: III. Restorative justice: what it is. A. Biblical-theological concepts and their relationship to justice. B. The central significance of restorative justice and crime, forgiveness, and grace. C. Societal values and crime. D. Justice, crime, and our Christian responsibility. E. What restorative justice does. IV. Why the church should be involved in the discussion and facilitation of restorative justice V. Practical matters and benefits of the restorative justice approach.

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