Circle Up Lowell

Lowell-area organizations that promote restorative values in their work are joining together for a special night to discuss opportunities to deepen restorative practices in Lowell. Using the film Circle Up as a starting point for conversation, this community event will facilitate discussions about restorative practices with opportunities to meet and learn about organizations in Lowell who share restorative values. Organizations will table and mingle with participants to share their efforts during networking time before and after the screening. Participating organizations will help facilitate small-circle discussions following the film to allow people to process the film as a community and imagine opportunities to strengthen restorative practices in Lowell.

Circle Up is a documentary that shares the journey of a mother, Janet Connors, after the brutal slaying of her teenage son as she reaches out to her son's killer to offer a chance at forgiveness. They team up with a group of mothers of murdered children to help young people in their community break the chain of violence and revenge.  Circle Up is a call to action for reframing approaches to crime and punishment through the lens of restorative justice, forgiveness, and accountability. 

This Lowell event seeks to strengthen community-based efforts for restorative practices and nurture vital conversations relating to the prevention of and response to harm within the Lowell community. Participating partners include organizations promoting restorative practices in their work with survivors and victims, individuals recovering from addiction, people returning from incarceration, and diversion from incarceration.

Come join the conversation and Circle Up Lowell!

Learn more about the film Circle Up here:

Planning your night - schedule for the evening:

  • 5:00 – 5:30     Before the Show - Networking with Organizations + Horsdoeuvres will be provided by YouthBuild Cullinary Students including a display of Assorted Cheeses and Meats, as well as a Vegan Mediterranean Display.

  • 5:30 – 7:00     Opening Remarks & Film Screening - Circle Up

  • 7:00 – 7:20     Guest Speakers from the film: Jannet Connors & AJ      

  • 7:20 – 8:30     Circle Process - Small Group Reflections

  • 8:15 – 8:30     Closing Remarks

  • 8:30 – 9:00     After the Show - bonus time to speak with guest speakers for those who want to stay

Co-Hosts: Center for Hope and Healing, Communities for Restorative Justice, Recovery Cafe Lowell, THRIVE Communities, UTEC, and YouthBuild of Greater Lowell

Deep thanks to our sponsors: Eastern Bank, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, and Christ Church United

All funds raised above and beyond the cost of this evening will be used to promote colaborative-restorative practices in Lowell.  Please consider adding a donation when you register for this imporatnat event!