Elaine Enns has been working in the field of restorative justice since 1989. For the first 15 years of her career, she was part of the pioneering generation of contemporary restorative justice practitioners whose focus was on the Criminal Justice System. Elaine facilitated victim-offender dialogues, provided training and worked to apply restorative justice principles and theory to conflict issues in schools, communities and churches. For the past decade, Elaine has focused on how restorative justice applies to historical violations, including issues of intergenerational trauma and healing. In 2015, she completed a Doctor of Ministry thesis, entitled “Facing History with Courage: Toward a Restorative Solidarity,” which focused on historical responsibility, communal narratives and intergenerational trauma among Canadian Prairie Settler Mennonites and its impacts on their relationships with Indigenous neighbors. Elaine works ecumenically with these themes, often collaborating with Indigenous leaders, therapists and theologians. Elaine serves as adjunct faculty at St. Andrew’s College, and teaches, preaches and leads workshops and retreats throughout North America.
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, she lives in Oak View, CA, where she is co-director of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries (www.bcm-net.org). Elaine co-authored the two-volume Ambassadors of Reconciliation: A New Testament Theology and Diverse Christian Practices of Restorative Justice and Peacemaking,” with Ched Myers, (Orbis Books, 2009). She has published over a dozen articles since that time which you can find here.
Elaine enjoys intensive edible and native plant cultivation and food preservation, cycling, leading Taize services and exploring environmental issues facing the Ventura River Watershed. She and Ched Myers often speak together on issues of faith and justice.