Restorative justice pioneer to share Restorative Circles strategies at Belfast talk
BELFAST — Restorative justice pioneer Dominic Barter shares his decades of experience in conflict resolution, gift economics, and community building, Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Belfast’s Unitarian Universalist Church.
Barter will also lead two community circles in Belfast in the days following his talk: Saturday, September 30, at 2 p.m., at the Possibility Alliance located at 85 Edgecomb Road; and Monday, October 2, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Belfast Co-Housing’s common house at 25 Village Road.
According to a news release, Barter is known worldwide for creating Restorative Circles, a community healing strategy that emerged from gang-related conflict in Rio’s favelas in the 1990s. Over the last 28 years, he and his colleagues in Brazil have been developing systemic empathic responses to help heal divisions, promote partnership, and increase social cohesion in contexts as diverse as prisons, churches, businesses, and hospitals.
Barter, along with several of his colleagues, will bring these strategies—based on our own inherent wisdom—to light in his presentation. The intention of the community circles is to see what practical solutions emerge locally from engaging with these themes together; all are welcome regardless of attendance of the September 27 presentation.
For more information about Dominic Barter, visit www.restorativecircles.org
For questions regarding these events, please contact Ethan Hughes at the Possibility Alliance at (207) 338-5719.