Breaking the Chains


Registration is open for Lord, Let Our Eyes Be Opened: Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration.  Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council of Churches, it's scheduled to run from Friday evening, Oct. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Red Lion Hotel & Conference Center in Harrisburg.  It will be followed on Monday, Oct. 26, with a day of action at the Capitol.

Breaking the chains

This event is aimed at educating people of faith about America’s system of mass incarceration. It 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.

Those attending the conference will be eligible for 1.0 Continuing Education Units made available by Lancaster Theological Seminary at a cost of $25.

Healing Communities Training

Prior to the conference on Friday, training for Healing Communities will be offered. Healing Communities is a proven, national model, created by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and faith leaders from across the theological spectrum, to engage congregations in the restoration and healing of their own members who have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system.

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