Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion Presents Symposium on Restorative Justice

May 4, 2011

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Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion will host a symposium on Restorative Justice from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Mayborn Museum Complex on the Baylor campus.

The event, presented in partnership with the Baylor Center for Ministry Effectiveness and Educational Leadership, the Waco Regional Baptist Association and the Restorative Justice Ministries Network of Texas, is free and open to the public. Registration is required, and a box lunch will be provided.

Symposium organizers hope to demonstrate how it is possible to improve social service delivery by connecting faith-based resources with governmental and traditional social service providers to help offenders, ex-offenders, their families and the community.

Session One, "More God, Less Crime," will feature presenter Dr. Byron Johnson, co-director of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion, and respondent Allan Barsema, senior research associate for faith-based and community initiatives in Northern Illinois University Outreach's Center for Governmental Studies.

Session Two, "A Success Story," will feature presenter Belinda Honey, recovery facilitator for Bridges2Life and Overcomers Prison Ministries, and respondents William "Chip" Seigman, director of McLennan County Adult Probation, and Nilsa Latimer, pastor and program director of the House Where Jesus Shines facility of Church of the Open Door in Waco.

Session Three, "A Proven Model to Consider," will feature presenter Mike Doyle, chief executive officer of Cornerstone Assistance Network in Fort Worth, and respondents Elizabeth Darling, president and chief executive officer of the OneStar Foundation, and Virginia DuPuy, former mayor of Waco.

The Mayborn Museum Complex is at 1300 S. University Parks Dr.

For more information, click here or call (254) 710-7555.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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