Resources for Restorative Justice

Here are some resources that the Commission on Christian Action recommended at General Synod 2018 for churches to engage in restorative justice.


Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan

PC(USA) Resolution on Restorative Justice

Office of Social Justice 

West Michigan Restorative Justice Coalition

“Rethinking God, Justice, and Treatment of Offenders”   

“Biblical Bases for Restorative Justice”

Peace Theology Restorative Justice

“Divine Justice as Restorative Justice” 

"Beyond Crime and Punishment: Restorative justice grows”

“Restorative Justice vs. Retributive Justice”

Shalem Mental Health Network

International Institute for Restorative Practices


These resources were posted in response to these recommendations passed by General Synod 2018:

CA 18-1 

To list Shalem Mental Health Network and the International Institute for Restorative Practices on the RCA website as resources for congregations that are interested in learning about restorative justice and/or hosting restorative practices for their communities.

CA 18-2 

To urge RCA congregations to access the restorative justice resources listed in this report and to begin discussions in their local faith community about the use of restorative justice in the church and community; and further,

To post the restorative justice resources in this report on the RCA website for easy access for congregations.