West MI Restorative Justice Conference

Radical Mission: Inspiring collaborative action through restorative culture
Saturday, April 22 | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cathedral Square Center, 360 Division Ave. S., Grand Rapids

This event is a free event (lunch included) – registration is required. Registration deadline: April 14, 2023, Register Now

Salt flavors. It stabilizes and preserves. Light vanquishes darkness and brings warmth. Our Christian faith calls us to be salt and light here and now. But what does the willingness to be God’s instrument of love, peace, and forgiveness look like inside the walls of a prison? And how can each of us become messengers of Christ’s light both inside and beyond the barriers of those walls?

Join us for the West Michigan Restorative Justice Conference to learn about ways – personal and communal – to ignite change in our communities by creating a restorative culture in our broken society.

Keynote speaker James Wahlberg is the headline speaker.

Additional Presentations from: Caitlin Moreau, Director of Restorative Justice; The Honorable Joseph Rossi, Kent Co 17th Circuit Court Judge; DJ Hilson, Muskegon County Prosecutor; Angie Sprank, Coordinator for MI Department of Corrections Offender Success; Nate Johnson, Advocacy & Engagement Strategist, Fresh Coast Alliance;

Conceived and organized by the men incarcerated at Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility in Ionia, and hosted by Prison & Jail Ministry – Diocese of Grand Rapids and the Calvin Prison Initiative, the conference will feature keynote presenter James Wahlberg, filmmaker and author of “The Big Hustle: A Boston Street Kid’s Story of Addiction and Redemption.”

For more information about the conference visit Conference Information