When I was in Prison, You Visited Me
According to the Washington Post, the United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population yet has almost 25 percent of the world’s total prison population. In our state of North Carolina, 37,300 men and woman are incarcerated. Many will return to their communities one day, but statistics show that 68 percent will return within three years.At the end of her presentation, mention was made of the upcoming event Persevering in the Pursuit of the Beloved Community where John Perkins will speak from 10:00 to 11:00 on November 5 at ReCity, 112 Broadway Street, Suite B, Durham, NC 27701 .
God is already present inside the walls of the prison. God calls the church to enter into this space, to be present to it, and to be with the other by offering the love of Christ. God is already present inside the walls of the prison. He calls the church to enter into this space, to be present to it, and to be with the other by offering the love of Christ. It is powerful kingdom revealing work when we enter into the suffering of others not to fix it but be with the other. It is in this sacred space the church is present as light and love to her neighbor and the present Christ bursts forth with the healing power to transform both church and neighbor.
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, 2013
Jens Soering, The Convict Christ: What the Gospel Says about Criminal Justice, 2006
Laura Magnani and Harmen L. Wray, Beyond Prisons: A New Interfaith Paradigm for Our Failed Prison System, 2006
Daniel Burton-Rose, editor, The Celling of America, 1998
James Samuel Logan, Good Punishment? Christian Moral Practice and U.S. Imprisonment, 2008
Eddie Charles Spencer, Inmate 46857: If God Can Change Me, He Can Change Anybody, 2014
Christopher D. Marshall, Beyond Retribution, 2001