Meet our Church Administrator,
Wonshé, spiritual midwife, artist, restorative justice practitioner, mother and grandmother has a unique personal history and rich professional background. She first received restorative justice teachings in oral tradition from Native American elders during her early years as a traditional midwife serving the Old Order Mennonite community in the Shenandoah Valley. She later earned a master's degree in Conflict Transformation and Restorative Justice (RJ).
She has worked in the field of restorative justice for the last 16 years, including Department of Corrections, probation, schools, and with individuals and organizations. Her RJ work in the criminal justice system and with community members represents the confluence of these two traditions, as she currently serves as the Liaison for Harrisonburg’s Police Department’s Restorative Justice Program. She co-teaches HPD officers with the RJ program’s coordinator and facilitates RJ Circles for HPD and the community. Circles where harms are healed and relationships restored.
For the last four years Wonshé has also served as the Congregational Life Coordinator for Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists, providing ministry and pastoral care, as well as working with their Board of Trustees, committees and members to identify and assist with implementation of the church’s mission, internal communication strategies and organizational processes.
Wonshé practices gratitude as a spiritual discipline, gardens as a spiritual devotion and loves telling stories to her grandchildren, who call her a wise old nature lady.
You can reach Wonshé by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call the church office at: 540-434-9556