During Mass Incarceration Awareness Month, we will focus on exposing the human cruelty of mass incarceration, advocating for change in our criminal justice system, and honoring Christ in those incarcerated. Classes begin at 9:15am in the Assembly Room unless otherwise noted.
In At the Heart of It All: Kairos, Apartheid, and the Calvinist Tradition, Allen Aubrey Boesak says, “John Calvin says it is about two things: the undoing of injustice and the doing of justice. Moreover, it is not about those we find acceptable for some reason; it is about all God’s children, created in God’s image and therefore our flesh and blood.” In a story Jesus tells, recorded in Matthew 25:40, this is what we hear: “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”
This series is sponsored by The Mass Incarceration Task Force of Nassau Presbyterian Church.
Sunday, February 4
Sketching the Problem of Mass Incarceration in the U.S. Mark Lewis Taylor
Sunday, February 11
New Theologies for Challenging Lockdown America – Mark Lewis Taylor
Mark Lewis Taylor is Princeton Seminary’s Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Theology and Culture. A member of the Presbyterian Church, he frequently teaches and lectures in churches and supports church communities in their efforts to organize on justice and peace issues. He teaches the theologies of Paul Tillich and Gustavo Gutierrez, as well as on white racism as theological challenge, feminist and womanist theologies, and empire and capital in theological perspective.
Sunday, February 18
The Beautiful Struggle: Building Knowledge & Courage to Transform the World – Ruha Benjamin
Ruha Benjamin writes and speaks widely on the connections between science, technology, race and justice. She is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, a recent fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, and author of numerous publications. In 2017, she received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton.
Sunday, February 25
The Devastating Effects of Mass Incarceration: Find Your Place
Over-incarceration can be addressed on several fronts: Pre-incarceration, Incarceration, and Post- incarceration. Hear about the Task Forces’s history, mission, and current and future initiatives (e.g. tutoring, pen pals, mentoring, advocacy and support). Learn ways to become involved that fit your schedule, add your voice, and tap your talents and expertise.
Jonathan Shenk & Mary Beth Charters, moderators, Mass Incarceration Task Force