Rethinking Incarceration Missional Community

Learning About America's Prison System

Understanding the complex issues surrounding the history, institutions and reform of the American prison system is a daunting task. But in order to answer a call to solidarity with those behind bars and respond to the command, “Remember those who are in prison as though in prison with them,” (Hebrews 13:3) we must familiarize ourselves with these issues. Recognizing that our time, resources and expertise are limited, our hope is that each participant will walk away from this group with a non-zero, specific, doable action item. We want to respond to Jesus’ declaration that when we serve the prisoner, we serve Jesus (Matthew 25:34-46).  Moreover, we seek to stand with the resurrected, ascended Lord in the ministry of wiping away tears and healing sorrow (Revelation 21:1-4). This two-fold identification with Jesus pulls us into arenas of discomfort so that by God’s grace we can comfort the afflicted.

From Discussion to Action: Towards a Non-Zero Response

In the fall of 2020, this group will take an eight-session course based on the book Rethinking Incarceration by Dominique Gilliard to familiarize ourselves with the systems, history, issues and reform of the American prison system. Reading the book is not required, but viewing portions of the companion film series is expected before each gathering. This group will meet over Zoom.

Read more about this and other social justice learning communities on our Small Group page.

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