There is sadly a disconnect between many of our churches and “those people” who have been in prison, or who live with experiences such as abuse, addiction or mental illness that are closely linked to the risk of incarceration. Women at the Well, a church based inside a women’s prison in Mitchellville, Iowa, amplifies some voices that will help us examine that gap and consider how we as churches can bridge it. How have we missed including these sisters (and brothers) within our fellowship? We have viewed these persons, too often, as scary perpetrators from whom we need protection, rather than as precious, often wounded children of God. We will learn more about these friends, and consider how God is calling us to correct the systemic injustices that keep them at the margins of our ministries and institutions.
Incarcerated Victims / Punished Pain: Opening the Church to “Those People”
Saturday, Apr 18, 2015, 3:45 pm