Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:1-3
Hebrews 13:1-3 reminds us to remember the prisoner as though we ourselves were in prison. We are told to remember and to identify with those who are in prison, waiting to be released, hoping to not be forgotten by those from whom they are separated.
In our CCDA communities, we recognize the effects of mass incarceration and are working to not only support the individual restoration and societal manifestations of those impacted by this phenomenon but to deeply understand the need to confront the systemic injustice around our justice system. It is for this reason that we at CCDA have chosen to make mass incarceration one of our three platform issues (alongside education equity & immigration reform).
Since 2014, we have been setting aside time the second week of February for Locked in Solidarity, as CCDA’s National Awareness & Action Day on Mass Incarceration. This year we have expanded Locked in Solidarity to a week long opportunity for us to create the space needed to listen to stories of people in our communities who are directly impacted, to learn about the greater impact of mass incarceration, to pray, and to engage public sector officials who have the power and position to impact change.
This year, LIS programming will include two timely webinars touching on the various ways mass incarceration impacts our communities. Tune in live to watch Amy Williams and Scott Larson for Juvenile Justice: Every Youth, Every Facility, Every Church on February 7th at 3:00pm CST. Then, join Shari Silberstein, Lionel Latouche, and Heather Beaudoin for their live discussion of Trauma-Informed Responses to Violence & EJUSA’s Police/Community Initiative on February 8th at 1:00pm CST.
We invite you to join us by hosting events in your community throughout this week of action.
Locked in Solidarity 2018 will begin Sunday, February 4th and conclude Saturday, February 10th.
Learn how to host your own LIS event; review our toolkit (2018 update currently in development) to guide you as you consider engagement in your community.
The Bible has much to say about restorative justice. This year the CCDA team worked together to create a LIS Preaching Guide to help pastors and leaders frame the injustice of mass incarceration from a theological foundation.
Join our collective efforts as we seek to be a part of the solution to end the impacts of mass incarceration.