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Healing Communities: Faith in the Age of Mass Incarceration

This from our friend and colleague Chris Pierson over at Just Peace Cafe. Check him out!

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The core challenge to ending mass incarceration is dispelling the myth that some of us are not worthy of genuine care, concern, concern, and compassion.” – Michele Alexander, author The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

How do I, as a Christian, feel about my own family member or someone I know who is incarcerated? Why do we feel this way about those who commit crimes in our communities? What are we afraid of and why? How do we as a community move beyond denial? What do the scriptures (John 20:23) tell us about our behavior?

These are just some of the difficult questions that representatives from eleven churches in the Northern Illinois Conference wrestled with recently as they gathered to explore ways that their congregations can do the healing work of reconciliation and transformation among those who have caused harm, those who have…

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