March is Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing
Please consider joining our friends at the Healing Justice Coalition during Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing. The Healing Justice Coalition's initiative is based in California but all are invited to implement these efforts nationwide. For more details, please read their message below:
The Healing Justice Coalition invites faith communities, schools, and universities to unite in prayer, service and action to raise awareness of the realities of incarcerated youth, victims of crime, and families of both. This takes place at your place of worship or school.
Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing (JJMFH) is an opportunity for deeper insight and reflection through cross-over experiences. The Healing Justice Coalition invites faith leaders to visit incarcerated youth. We also provide speaker panels of formerly incarcerated youth and victims of crimes to visit your places of worship and schools.
Together we can transform the paradigm of justice; moving from an over reliance on punishment, to focusing on healing the wounds caused by crime.
Opportunities for Faith Communities:During JJMFH, The Healing Justice Coalition invites faith leaders to visit youth inside juvenile halls in Los Angeles County to manifest God's love for all children. This is typically a mutually transforming experience; moving and profoundly spiritual for the youth as well as the visiting faith leaders.
Opportunities for Schools and Universities:Through the Healing Justice Coalition, formally incarcerated youth and victims of crime share their journeys with students. JJMFH is a rich opportunity for students to explore and reflect on the complexities of crime and punishment while moving towards a deeper understanding of restorative justice.
Participating in Juvenile Justice Month of Faith and Healing is EASY and PROFOUND. Here are a few suggestions:
- Host a "Voices of Challenge" panel: A formerly incarcerated youth, parent of an incarcerated youth and a survivor/victim of crime share their stories.
- Invite a formerly incarcerated youth to share insight into the realities of incarceration and the strength of the human spirit.
- Lead a discussion or seminar in your congregation and/or school about the needs and situations of incarcerated youth and victims of crime.
- Faith Leaders can sign up for a group pastoral visit to juvenile hall.
- Offer prayers for everyone who has been impacted by crime; including victims, offenders, and families of both.
- Mobilize your congregation and/or school in support of legislation that promotes restorative justice principles.