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As followers of Jesus, we are called to an ethic of loving our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48) and to a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:16-20). MCC U.S. restorative justice work builds capacity to respond in healthy ways to harm and conflict, respond to and prevent violence and sexual abuse in our families and communities, and support healing and promote mutuality through biblical reflection and practices which create life-giving spaces in communities.
Emerging out of MCC’s history and experience in Mennonite Conciliation Services and the Office on Crime and Justice, our purpose is to equip people to live in community and to respond redemptively to interpersonal and systemic conflict, harm and injustice within families, communities and congregations. Responding to the biblical mandate as stated in Micah 6:8 to "do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with your God," MCC U.S. restorative justice work promotes fair and inclusive processes in times of conflict, crime and injustice. These processes are guided by principles of restorative justice. We are committed to anti-racist and anti-sexist conflict transformation.
The Return to the Earth project supports Native Americans in burying culturally unidentifiable ancestral remains currently held in museums and universities across the United States and enables a process of education and reconciliation between Native and non-Native peoples.