Just How Just is Our Criminal Justice System?
Many of us at Grace have been exploring that question by reading Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow or Bryan Stevenson’s book Just Mercy. Others are viewing the award-winning documentary 13th about the amendment to our constitution that supposedly abolished slavery. We’re discovering justice is a slippery thing in the U.S. system—and it depends in large part upon the color of one’s skin.
Now we’d like to come together as a congregation to discuss these matters, share our reflections on our reading and viewing, struggle together with the systemic causes of the injustice, and consider how we might take action to bring greater justice to bear. Whether or not you’ve read one of the books or viewed the film, if you’re interested in this topic and looking for partners with whom to envision and enact a more just reality, please plan to attend one of these gatherings at Grace:
- Sunday, October 22 | 1:00-3:00 pm (a light lunch will be served at 12:30)
- Tuesday, October 24 | 6:30-8:30 pm (a light dinner will be served at 6:00)
If you need childcare, please contact Jill at the church office—email@example.com.
This is a tough topic, and discovering how one’s own privilege, silence or inaction have contributed to it can be difficult as well. But this is what Christian community is for: to bear one another’s burdens and to create collective solutions so that God’s greater justice can prevail. These conversations are just a start to realizing that hopeful vision. Please join us.