Restorative practices is the science of relationships and community*. How are we together? How do we respond to conflict? How do we strengthen our relationships, and restore our faith in one another? This culture in which we live is designed to isolate us and hold us in fear. Restorative practices helps us to change that narrative, to understand that conflict can sometimes bind us closer together, and that centering relationships is the one way to save ourselves, to release our fear and to find joy.
(* from iirp.org)
Reverend Paul Langston-Daley
Reverend Paul Langston-Daley was ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister in 1997. He has served as settled, interim and consulting minister in congregations of all sizes. He brings his personal experience as a transgender man to this work along with an extensive background in organizing, social justice, and guiding congregations through conflict.
He holds an M. Div. from Andover-Newton Theological School and a Masters Degree in Restorative Practices and Youth Counseling from the International Institute for Restorative Practices. Rev. Paul brings 30 years of experience in circle work and conflict management, including vulnerability and shame work, to help congregations and communities overcome deep conflict, and to facilitate more open, creative and supportive environments.
He serves Bell Street Chapel in Providence RI half time and lives in New Bedford MA with his wife, and their dog Bayla.
(Rev. Paul began his transition in 2004.)