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As part of the Love Mercy, Do Justice initiative, Highrock Online's Highrock Beyond Bars community group will offer a course based on the book Rethinking Incarceration which features videos created 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, the hope of the Highrock Beyond Bars community that each person who takes this course will walk away from the 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).
The next Rethinking Incarceration course will meet on Wednesdays from February 16th through April 13th from 8:00-9:15pm over Zoom. Participants will watch a short video with optional accompanying readings in preparation for the discussions.
Questions? Email Joe Marcucci at email@example.com