Please join us for Lord, Let Our Eyes Be Opened: Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg (4751 Lindle Road, Harrisburg) beginning the evening of Friday, October 23 and running through Sunday, October 25. The event will be followed on Monday, October 26 with a day of action at the Capitol. This is a relaunch of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches’ annual conference (formerly the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Conference).
This event is aimed at educating people of faith (clergy and laity) about America’s system of mass incarceration. We’ll look at:
- the religious, sociological, and economic foundations that support why the faith community must be involved in criminal justice reform efforts;
- how race, inconsistent sentencing guidelines for drug offenses and mandatory minimum requirements have placed a disproportionate number of poor persons and persons of color behind bars;
- treatment of incarcerated persons, and how (if at all) they are prepared for reentry into the community;
- barriers for returning citizens, issues for communities as they welcome them, and resources to support them; and
- what congregations can do on all of these fronts.
Those attending the conference will be eligible for 1.0 CEUs (continuing education units) made available by Lancaster Theological Seminary at a cost of $25.
Go to www.pachurches.org and click on the conference link for access to registration information, the program, Healing Communities training, sponsorship, exhibit, and advertising opportunities and more!
Please mark your calendar for what promises to be a stimulating and informative event!