Restorative Justice is a spiritual practice our world is hungry for. Wisdom River Speaker Series is honored to host an evening with Susan Shannon, who will discuss her extensive work and involvement in Restorative Justice, particularly at San Quentin State Prison.
Restorative Justice is a social movement and philosophy taking place in our prisons, courts, and schools that invites a fundamental shift in the way we think about justice. Based on the truth of our interconnection, rather than punitive justice that points the finger at the ‘offender’ and says “you are wrong and you need to be disconnected from the whole” restorative justice says “how have we failed you and what can we do to bring you back to recognizing you are a part of the whole picture?”
Susan Shannon, tonight’s speaker, has dedicated her life to Restorative Justice as a Social Justice pursuit and passion, as a personal spiritual practice and as an ecological necessity, A long time buddhist and interfaith chaplain, Susan has also been involved with Restorative Justice practices since 2001, in 2011 bringing it to San Quentin State Prison where she continues to lead several groups, including on Death Row. Recognizing the alignment of Restorative Justice principles with those of Buddhism, Susan views Restorative Justice as a spiritual practice: spiritual transformation through deepening an understanding of our interconnectedness with each other and our planet, a practice available every moment and important regardless of one’s spiritual leaning.
Restorative Justice is based in the understanding that we are all interconnected, none of us operates as an independent being free from affecting others. Especially these days, with the effects of climate change raging, we all would benefit by implementing Restorative Justice practices within ourselves, our families, our schools, and most of all, our life on Planet Earth. We hope you will join Susan this evening to learn about her work and this spiritual practice.
Susan has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism for 45 years, having studied with many of Tibet’s great scholars of the century.