PA Churches Event Focus: Mass Incarceration


The Pennsylvania Council of Churches will relaunch its annual conference, formerly known as the Pennsylvania Pastors’ Conference, as an event for clergy and laity the weekend of Oct. 23-25 at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg. A day of action at the Capitol will follow on Monday, Oct. 26.
The conference, Lord, Let Our Eyes Be Opened: Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration, will be aimed at educating people of faith (clergy and laity) about America’s system of mass incarceration. Participants will 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.
Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, nationally acclaimed founder and director of Healing Communities USA; Glenn E. Martin, Founder and President of JustLeadershipUSA, and Dr. Geert Dhondt, assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice will lead sessions. 

Get details and register at the PA Council of Churches website. 

Watch the event Facebook page for updates, or contact Rev. Sandy Strauss at (717) 545-4761 or for more information.