Rethinking Incarceration Missional Community

Spring 2021 Course Offering

We are excited to announce that the next Rethinking Incarceration course will be held in Spring of 2021!

8-9:15pm ET over Zoom
March 3rd through April 28th

If you'd like to join this semester's course, please email our Pastor of Outreach, Joe Marcucci at

Learning About America's Prison System

In answer to a call to solidarity with those behind bars, and in response to the command to “remember those who are in prison as though in prison with them” (Hebrews 13:3), this group seeks to understand the complex issues surrounding the history, institutions and reform of the American prison system and then 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

This spring, this Missional Community offers a course featuring videos by author Dominque Dubois Gilliard, reflection sessions, and guest speakers that explores the profound tension in the United States—and in its churches—between the idea of incarceration as punishment and the spirit of rehabilitation. In his book "Rethinking Incarceration" Gilliard powerfully argues that God’s justice is relational, and inherently restorative. Examining the secular and church history through which we have ultimately arrived at having more people incarcerated than any other country in the history of the world, Gilliard illustrates how Christians have been complicit in constructing a justice system that is anything but.

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).

For more information, or to become part of this learning community, contact our Pastor of Outreach, Joe Marcucci, at

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