Doing Justice: Mass Incarceration

Jan 23, 2024

The current imprisonment of Americans is unprecedented in its magnitude compared to anywhere else in the world and in any other time in human history. How are Christians to respond to this complex issue?

Rather than simply documenting and lamenting the inadequacies and injustices of the current criminal legal system, the purpose of this study is to provide an overview of current issues and insights into the diverse responses taken by Christians in discerning God’s purposes for it. The intended outcome is for participants to be able to understand others’ points of view and to clarify how they might bring issues of public justice through the rule of law into the worship and preaching life of their congregations.

Here is some of what we will explore together:

  • An introduction to Mass Incarceration, including what makes this a distinctly American issue;
  • Personal stories and testimonies from individuals and ministry organizations; and
  • Biblical, theological, and social reflection on three different Christian responses to Mass Incarceration: (1) Rehabilitative Justice, (2) Restorative Justice, and (3) Systemic Justice.

Meet Your Facilitator

JARRET KEITH earned his Master of Arts in Theology in 2021 from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the founder and executive director at Testimony Ministries and he serves as the Justice and Outreach Pastor at Renew Church LA. Jarret also travels extensively to California prisons to serve the incarcerated church and support those who are preparing for reintegration when they are released.

If you are interested in this topic for yourself or for your group/organization, please complete our Micah Intensives Interest Form.

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