Building Faith Communities
As part of The Portsmouth Mediation Service (PMS) initiative to help build the city’s Faith Communities through Restorative Justice, a Conference for the Muslim community in Portsmouth is being held at the Jami Mosque on Sunday the 29th January. Restorative justice brings those harmed by crime or conflict and those responsible for the harm into communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward. This is part of a wider field called restorative practice.
Steve Rolls form Portsmouth Mediation told the News “one of the key spheres in the city life of Portsmouth is the Faith Community. Within this group there is of course much diversity, but there is also lots of common territory where various groups can engage with each other and come together for the sake of the wider community. We have over recent months been contemplating a conference to help strengthen and equip faith communities through restorative pathways and practice. Our vision for this project is to initially host a conference for each of the main Faith Groups in Portsmouth. Last year we hosted a conference for Christians in Portsmouth and now we are very excited with this forthcoming event with our Muslim friends.
Asked about the reason and purpose behind these Faith events, Steve added that we believe this project will help promote greater awareness of resolving conflict through Restorative Pathways, it will help Identify opportunities to train and equip people of faith to become RJ facilitators and highlight the opportunities for people of faith to volunteer their skills outside of their religious setting. Also importantly it will provide the chance for people of different faith and none to work together for a Restorative Portsmouth.
Muhammad Muhi Uddin the Iman of the Jami Mosque said:
I have recently trained as a Restorative Justice Facilitator, the new skills I have gained will help me in my role. I am very excited to see our wider community have this opportunity to explore the benefits of a Restorative approach
Vision for the Project
- Promote greater awareness of resolving conflict through Restorative Pathways
- Identify opportunities to train and equip people of faith to become RJ facilitators
- Promote the opportunities for people of faith to volunteer their skills outside of their religious setting
- Promote the opportunity for people of different faith and none to work together for a Restorative Portsmouth