Unitive Justice

  Lovingkindness in action. 





Jan. 25, 26, 27 and Feb. 2 – 3, 2017

9 am - 5 pm daily



Unity Christ Church of Bonair

923 Buford Road

Richmond, VA Richmond, VA, USA   


Registration: If interested in attending, please send an email to unitivejustice@gmail.com with your name, email address, and a short description of your interest in taking the workshop. There is no set fee for this workshop but it is not free. You will have an opportunity to contribute to the workshop costs and to those who are presenting it.



Unitive justice is a system for creating a parallel model of justice based on lovingkindness, not retribution or getting even. Unitive justice is grounded on certain principles that emphasize the following:


·          Community strength and self-empowerment.

·                Consensual participation and equality/inclusiveness.

·                       Values, such as trust, honesty, discernment and lovingkindness.

·                                Achieving mutually beneficial outcomes.


Our retributive criminal justice system has a high failure rate—2/3rds of those incarcerated return in 3 years. Now we can use different tools to create a parallel model of justice—one that empowers communities to address conflict locally, get at the root causes and become stronger.


By considering the Arc of Justice, i.e., 12 structural elements of punitive and unitive justice that demonstrate how justice may be transformed from a retributive system to a healing process. We escape our mistaken belief that punitive justice is the best we can do. This workshop teaches how to access the tools for creating justice based on lovingkindness.



The circle facilitation process being taught is based on unitive principles. It is a non-judgmental, non-hierarchical, non-punitive process for addressing conflict within the community where the conflict arose. Using  episodes of conflict to discover the underlying epicenter of brokenness out of which the conflict arose, root causes are addressed and mutually beneficial action is achieved. It teaches new skills that apply at home, in school, at work, in life.


Over the past 30 years Sylvia has created the theory reflected in the Arc to Unity that is the focus of this workshop. Sylvia was a trial attorney for 28 years; she is trained in collaborative law, mediation, and several models of restorative justice and now teaches unitive/restorative justice at the university level. She holds master degrees in public administration from the Univ. of Cal./Berkeley and the Harvard  Kennedy School of Government and her JD is from Boston University School of Law. Please visit her website, www.SylviaClute.com for more information. She is President of the Alliance for Unitive Justice.