Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation is co-sponsoring the Duke TPP’s (Transformative Prison Project) initiative to bring Kay Pranis to Durham, N.C., for an intensive three-day training in practices of Peacemaking Circles.
Pranis is a trainer and writer on Peacemaking Circles, an indigenous community process used for engaging conflict by starting with shared values and building relational trust before broaching the conflict, and on restorative justice. She served as the restorative justice planner for the Minnesota Department of Corrections from 1994 to 2003. Since 1998, Pranis has conducted circle trainings in a diverse range of communities from schools to prisons to workplaces to churches, and from rural towns in Minnesota to Chicago's South Side to Montgomery, Ala.
In using the process of Peacemaking Circles, the circle is a safe space for differing viewpoints and strong emotions to be conveyed. The process allows participants to “experience the world from more perspectives than [their] own. Drawing on diverse knowledge and experiences, Circles generate options and solutions that are often outside the box of conventional thinking.”
Participants are required to attend the full three days of training. For more information on participation, contact Duke Divinity School Professor Douglas Campbell at (919) 998-9073.
The Center for Reconciliation is sponsoring the tuition of a limited number of participants. Duke Divinity School students may inquire about these spots by contacting Lori Galambos.