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Encounters With Dignity is the podcast bringing you stories, learnings, and actionable wisdom from people who are doing and living restorative justice. Each episode illuminates the synergies between Gospel values, Catholic Social Teaching, and restorative justice, preparing listeners to bring this reconciling approach to their communities, churches, and society at large.

Encounters With Dignity is a project of Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. Learn more at: www.catholicsmobilizing.org

Encounters With Dignity Catholic Mobilizing Network

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 4 Ratings

Encounters With Dignity is the podcast bringing you stories, learnings, and actionable wisdom from people who are doing and living restorative justice. Each episode illuminates the synergies between Gospel values, Catholic Social Teaching, and restorative justice, preparing listeners to bring this reconciling approach to their communities, churches, and society at large.

Encounters With Dignity is a project of Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty and promote restorative justice. Learn more at: www.catholicsmobilizing.org

    Maka Black Elk & Deacon Andy Orosco — Healing from Historical Harm

    Maka Black Elk & Deacon Andy Orosco — Healing from Historical Harm

    Maka Black Elk and Deacon Andy Orosco intimately understand the impacts of the historical harm that has been inflicted on Native communities.
    In this episode, Maka and Deacon Andy will discuss the history of the Catholic Church and Native American boarding schools, the resulting harm these schools caused in their community, and the restorative approaches they are implementing to work towards healing.
    These Catholic Indigenous leaders illuminate how restorative justice paves a way of healing from intergenerational trauma — for all of us.

    • 23 min
    Danielle Sered — Redefining Accountability

    Danielle Sered — Redefining Accountability

    Danielle Sered knows what it looks like for a person to be accountable for the harm they caused. She's spent more than a decade facilitating restorative justice solutions to violent crimes through her organization, Common Justice (plus she identifies as a crime survivor herself).
    In this episode, Danielle explains why accountability is so important to a restorative justice approach, where it is often missing from our criminal legal processes, and how it is rooted in human dignity.
    Her insights invite people of faith to discern where accountability can play a deeper role in our own lives — in our relationships with God and neighbor alike.

    • 22 min
    Bishop Robert McElroy — Becoming Like the Good Samaritan

    Bishop Robert McElroy — Becoming Like the Good Samaritan

    It's not hard to see ourselves in the familiar story of the Good Samaritan. At different times in our lives, we've likely identified with each of the parable's characters — the wounded traveler, the robber, the unconcerned passerby, and the Good Samaritan himself.
    In this episode, Most Rev. Robert McElroy, Ordinary Bishop of San Diego, challenges us to sink into these ever-shifting identities, and to find within them "a new generosity of heart, rejection of judgmentalism, and thirst for reconciliation within our own lives and that of our society as a whole."
    https://catholicsmobilizing.org/ (To learn more about restorative justice, visit Catholic Mobilizing Network's website at catholicsmobilizing.org.)

    • 20 min
    Ernie Garcia — Breaking Destructive Cycles

    Ernie Garcia — Breaking Destructive Cycles

    After 29 years of incarceration, Ernie Garcia shares his journey from a childhood where violence was the norm toward his ultimate transformation and reintegration with his community.
    Ernie talks about how his faith played a pivotal role in helping him understand his traumas, take responsibility for his harmful actions, and commit to making things as right as possible. His story is a powerful testament to the inner, spiritual work of restorative justice, and how reliance on God can lead us to break destructive cycles of harm and violence.

    • 17 min
    Christina Swarns & Sheryl Wilson — Affirming Life Within a Deadly System

    Christina Swarns & Sheryl Wilson — Affirming Life Within a Deadly System

    In this episode of Encounters With Dignity, you'll hear from Christina Swarns, a defense attorney and current executive director of the Innocence Project, and Sheryl Wilson, a victim outreach specialist and current executive director of the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. Together they tell the story of restorative justice happening in one of the most unlikely places: a death penalty case at the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Capital punishment in the U.S. is a system built on racism and a misguided belief that killing is an appropriate response to killing. Seeing this firsthand in the case of Buck v. Davis, Christina realized she had a greater responsibility than simply defending her client. She invited Sheryl to work alongside the defense team to try to address the unmet needs of those affected by a terrible crime and ultimately break the cycle of violence.
    What they learned along the way can help all of us hold space for suffering.
    https://catholicsmobilizing.org/ (To learn more about restorative justice, visit Catholic Mobilizing Network's website at catholicsmobilizing.org.)

    • 27 min
    Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S. — Asking Different Questions

    Fr. David Kelly, C.PP.S. — Asking Different Questions

    Fr. David Kelly is the founder and executive director of https://pbmr.org/ (Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation (PBMR),) a restorative justice ministry and community center serving several neighborhoods on the South Side of Chicago. He has also worked as a parish-based jail minister in the Archdiocese of Chicago for more than 30 years.
    In this episode, Fr. David shares about the five pillars guiding PBMR's work: radical hospitality, accompaniment, relentless engagement of young people and their families, relentless engagement of stakeholders and systems, and collaboration. His stories and insights illuminate how in instances of harm, simply asking the right questions can help us embark on a path of restoration and healing — a path that models Jesus' reconciling way.

    • 24 min

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