UNITIVE JUSTICE WORKSHOP: Jan. 25, 26, 27 and Feb. 2 and 3, 2018 in Richmond at Unity Christ Church of Bonair, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  Details here.

UNITIVE BUSINESS WORKSHOP to be scheduled early next year. To receive notice, please email a4uj.org@gmail.com.

The Alliance for Unitive Justice is a Virginia-based nonprofit that provides unitive justice services in Richmond and Roanoke, Virginia. Unitive justice is justice as lovingkindness. While our traditional criminal justice system is hierarchical, judgmental and achieves compliance through punishment, unitive justice is grounded in equality, co-creativity and mutually beneficial action.

Our focus is to offer support to members of our communities who are facing conflict. We do this in a variety of ways: training, education, outreach, organizational partnerships, and facilitation of restorative circles. The video below is an introduction to our organization and our work.

Alliance for Unitive Justice from Patrick Gregory on Vimeo.

Circles based on unitive justice principles provide a safe space for people to come together, hear each other, achieve mutual understanding, and discern together how to transform conflict into mutually beneficial action. Unitive justice is a voluntary process that (in ideal circumstances) exists outside of traditional disciplinary and retributive measures.

How does unitive justice compare to restorative justice?

Restorative justice is now a term applied to a variety of practices in diverse settings, but generally aimed at addressing conflict and community issues using healing, non-punitive, means. While unitive justice falls within the large restorative justice umbrella, we use the term “unitive justice” to distinguish it from many other processes that tend to retain hierarchical and punitive elements associated with the criminal courts, out of which restorative justice originally emerged. Unitive justice is a “best practices” model based upon unitive principles and is designed to achieve system change. Our organization is a member of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice.

Our program is open to any interested participant, and our organization includes people who are diverse in culture and belief.