People of faith opposed to mass incarceration will gather at Methodist Theological School in Ohio Feb. 26. Faithful Justice: Confronting Mass Incarceration begins at 12:30 p.m. and continues through dinner on the MTSO campus, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware. A $10 fee covers the entire event, including the meal.
The day features a keynote address by James Logan, author of Good Punishment? Christian Moral Practice and U.S. Imprisonment. Logan is associate professor of religion and associate professor and director of the program in African and African American Studies at Earlham College.
Breakout session leaders include Townsand Price-Spratlen, author of Reconstructing Rage: Transformative Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration; Frances Jo Hamilton, president of Restart, a work-release advocacy program focusing on first-time, female offenders; Kenya Cummings, director of prison and re-entry ministries for the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church; Ryan Schellenberg, MTSO Assistant Professor of New Testament; and Wendy Tarr, community organizer with Restored Citizens and Community for Change. Tarr will be joined by a panel of formerly incarcerated women.
Throughout the afternoon and at the networking dinner, participants will identify practical actions that can be taken to work toward dismantling mass incarceration.
Faithful Justice: Confronting Mass Incarceration is presented by the Theological Commons at MTSO, which promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience between students, faculty, clergy and the public for the benefit of all participants and those they serve.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio prepares leaders of many faith traditions for lives of lasting significance in service to the church and the world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling ministries, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.
Danny Russell, director of communications