Restorative Circles brings all parties of a conflict together, including those impacted from the wider community. A restorative circle is a voluntary gathering that treats all participants as equals and provides key language and direction for the conversation. It concludes with participants agreeing upon actions that seek mutual benefit. We encourage church leaders and groups to be trained in this way of approaching conflict so that there are members of the organization equipped to handle a situation when it arises without having to hire or involve someone outside of your community.
For a wonderful TED talk about restorative circles, watch this video--Turn Toward Conflict by Ann McKnight. For a detailed description of restorative circles, click on this link: Introduction to Restorative Circles by Jill Russell. Also, check out https://hrcircles.wordpress.com for more information, including upcoming trainings in Holland, Michigan.