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Family retreat with separate programs for adults, youth, and children, sponsored by
The Peace and Justice Committee, Eastern District Conference and Franconia Mennonite Conference of
the Mennonite Church USA.
Creating Peace Between Victims & Offenders
Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz
This retreat will explore alternatives to traditional criminal justice practices and a criminal justice
system that too often abuses both crime victims and people accused of crimes
Restoring Justice: Creating Peace Between Victims & Offenders
This year's adult program will include conversation with victims of crime, offenders, and people
involved in various restorative justice ministries as well as biblical reflection -- in a variety of
presentation styles -- lecture, pannel discussion, role-play, small and large group sessions.
since 1984, when she got involved in the first US-based program in Elkhart, Ind.
She worked closely with Howard Zehr, now professor of sociology and restorative justice at (EMU), in the
Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP), that Zehr directed.
Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz, directs the Office on Crime and Justice of the
Mennonite Central Committee based at Akron. She is a nationally-recognized consultant and trainer for
restorative justice programs that have a victim-offender mediation component.
Restorative justice originated in Mennonite communities in Canada and the United States in the 1970s and has
become a worldwide phenomenon. Unlike the traditional criminal justice system, which focuses on punishing
offenders, restorative justice is concerned with crime victims' needs and offender responsibilities.
Amstutz, a 1981 graduate of Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), has worked in the victim-offender mediation
and restorative justice fields
With Howard Zehr, she co-authored a restorative justice curriculum for the state of Pennsylvania
entitled "Victim Offender Conferencing in Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System." She has helped
start VORP programs across the United States and trains volunteers for these programs.
Jim Amstutz, co-pastor of Akron Mennonite Church, will
will be co-leader with Lorraine for our Sunday morning program.
Understanding Jesus' Activism:
Can Youth Change the World?
with L. Mark Reiff
Understanding Jesus' Activism: Can Youth Change the World?
The youth program will have 3 components: Biblical foundation in Jesus and the Gospels;
discussion of examples of young people doing reforms; and discussion of practical ways to be part of
reform - recognizing societal evil and engaging it.
L. Mark Reiff currently serves as Youth Pastor at Doylestown Mennonite Church.
Additionally, he is a Masters in Divinity student at Palmer Theological Seminary and interns with
Evangelicals for Social Action based in Wynnewood, PA, working
specifically with Word and Deed Network, which resources and consults churches interested in Holistic Ministy.
Mark is also a member of the FMC/EDC Peace and Justice Committee and enjoys pondering how the
North American Church can engage the world's physical and spiritual brokenness.
Child Care/Children's Activities
We will provide child care and activities for children up to age 12 during the adult sessions.
We also appreciate parents or other adults who would like to help out with one or more of the children's sessions.
Spruce Lake Retreat Center, RR#1, Box 605, Canadensis, PA 18325.
(570) 595-7505. www.sprucelake.org
Spruce Lake Retreat is located 2.5 miles north of Canadensis on PA Rt. 447, in the Pocono Mountains.
Friday, February 13|
Opening program for All|
Music, sharing of peace stories --
with time for people to tell about peace and justice programs in their local churches, and a
"restorative justice" group activity
Saturday, February 14|
9:00-12:00||First Adult Session:|
Introduction to restorative justice / biblical reflection
Second Adult Session (youth are welcome):|
Panel discussion with crime victims and offenders.
- Raymond Drayton (Liberty Ministries)
- Lisa Connelly (Prison Probation Management Services)
- Donna (Re-Entry Program)
Third Adult Session: Restorative Justice ministries,
Second Youth Session|
Sunday, February 15|
Final Adult Session:|
Public policy issues related to restorative justice
Final Youth Session|
Worship Service with Communion|
(adults,youth, & children)
*Please bring bagged snacks (cookies, pretzels, chips, etc) to share with others during the
evenings. You are also encouraged to bring your own mug for snack times or coffee during the
**During "Free Time" on
Saturday afternoon there will be videos and discussion time (on peace issues) as an alternative to outdoor
After Sunday lunch you and your family may stay for more recreation or head for home.
Weather permitting, the following winter recreational activies are available at Spruce Lake:
cross-country skiing with ski rental, tubing, and ice-skating (bring your own skates).
[Printable Registration Form]
Please plan to register early; space is limited. Sometimes we have had to turn away
families because of the space limitation.
Most rooms accomodate up to four people (a double bed and a bunk bed with private bath), and
one or two additional family members may be accomodated in the same room on the floor if you
wish to bring sleeping bags for them. Single adults who wish to room together should send in
their registration forms together, otherwise they will be paired with other singles if space is limited.
Cost to Participants:
$45.00 Children (Ages 6-12)
$65.00 Youth (Ages 13-18)
Children under 6 are free!
--------------------- Registration Form ------------------------------
Child's Name Age Sex
____Adults @ 135.00 each __________
____Children @ $45.00 each __________
____Youth @ $65.00 each __________
(Additional donation __________ )
Amount Due at Check-in _____________________
[It is possible for adults to register for only the Saturday
program; cost is $35, including lunch and supper. Check with
us for additional details.]
Make checks payable to:
Eastern District Conference
Mail this registration form to:
942 Camp Trail Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
Registration deadline is January 20, 2009
Any questions? Need more information?
Call Becky Felton, 215-536-7935, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Robert Walden, 610-861-0653, E-mail: RWaldenPA@entermail.net
Our registration rates are listed on the registration form above, but the actual cost of the retreat
is substantially greater than what the participants pay. The difference is made up with funds from
the Eastern District / Franconia Peace and Justice budget.
Registration charges cover personal expenses for lodging and meals, but not our
program costs such as honorariums, travel, and accomodations for our presenters,
publicity, and other miscellaneous expenses.
Your donations are much appreciated since they allow us to provide scholarships for low-income
families or individuals.
Some financial help is available for those who find it difficult to pay the amount we charge. We
want to enable as many people as possible to attend this retreat.
(Contact Bob Walden, 610-861-0653.)
Special needs: If you have dietary restrictions or require other special accomodations (e.g., diabetic, or
vegitarian, or difficulty climbing stairs, etc.) please include information about your needs.
- Public areas and recreation areas are to be vacated by 11:00 PM. All areas are to be quiet
after this time.
- We strongly object to smoking. Under no circumstances is anyone permitted to smoke in
any rooms of any building.
- Pets are not permitted.
- Guests are requested to leave their shirts on while at camp.
- Use of alcoholic beverages is not permitted.
- Motorized recreational vehicles (minibikes, snowmobiles, etc.) must be registered at the
camp office before using them on the grounds.
- Electrical appliances, such as electric fry pans, are not permitted.
- Radios, tape players, etc. are permitted only in rooms designated for your group and only
with the volume low. They are not permitted in public areas or outside.
- Changing Lenses: A New Focus for Crime and Justice,
by Howard Zehr. (3rd edition: 2005 paperback,
280 pages) $15.99.
Crime victims have many needs, most of which our criminal justice system ignores. In fact, the justice system
often actually increases the injury. Offenders are less ignored by this system, but their real needs —
for accountability, for closure, for healing — are also left unaddressed.
Such failures are not accidental but are inherent in the very definitions and assumptions which govern our
thinking about crime and justice in the West. That is, they lie in the lens of "paradigm" with which we view
crime and justice.
This way of viewing and responding to crime, however, is not the only way. In fact, it has not been the
dominant lens for most of the Western history, and certainly is not the biblical view.
Changing Lenses examines our assumptions about crime and justice, which it terms a "retributive" lens or
paradigm. It then looks at historical, biblical, and practical alternatives. This book proposes a
"restorative" model which is more consistent with experience, with the past, and with the biblical tradition.
This model is based on the needs of victims and offenders, on past way of responding to crime,
on recent experiments, and on biblical principles.
- Prison Fellowship International Restorative Justice resource
- MCC Office on Justice and Peacebuilding
Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz,
Director, Office on Crime and Justice
- Friends (Quaker) resources
on restorative justice.
- Pennsylvania Prison Society on restorative justice.
Also includes links to current Pennsylvania legislation related to criminal justice.
- The Little Books of Justice and Peacebuilding
Series of books, edited by Howard Zehr, on Restorative Justice, Conflict Transformation, Peacebuilding,
Dialogue, Negotiation, Circle Processes, and related topics.
Pennsylvania Jails and Prisons
Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA) resources
- Videos on restorative justice (primarily victim-offender mediation)
- Books on restorative justice
Other Resources on Prisons, Criminal Justice, and Restorative Justice
For more information about the Peace and Justice Committee, see efpjc.ppjr.org.
Contact webmaster: email@example.com
Last Updated: 2/16/09
Created: March 8, 2008