May 2012

Michelle Alexander: It’s time to raise the level of consciousness

So many people, of all colors, are simply in the dark about the system of mass incarceration. Michelle Alexander, legal scholar and author of The New Jim Crow speaking to people of faith during the May 14 discussion via conference call, Listen to the 1st part of the conversation.

Posted by Laura Markle Downton on May 31, 2012

The Real Killer:  Silence, Stigma and Exclusion

Bishop Ivan Abraham's homily at Lighten the Burden IV in Tampa, Florida: I have worked at the epi-centre of the disease in South Africa and discovered that the greatest obstacle to effective prevention, treatment and care, is the stigma and discrimination associated with the disease. From my observation and... read more»

Posted by Linda Bales Todd on May 30, 2012

Michelle Alexander: From Retribution to Restorative Justice

We have to shift from a purely punitive approach to dealing with violence and violent crimes to a more rehabilitative and restorative approach to justice. And that means working to end three strikes laws; end harsh minimum mandatory sentences that do not give people even the hope of rehabilitation or... read more»

Posted by Laura Markle Downton on May 29, 2012

Living Faith and Seeking Justice - Part 3: JUSTICE

We are people of JUSTICE. But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! ~Amos 5:24 We've talked about faith and love, now it's time justice. Now is the time for justice. Delegates at General Conference were fortunate to hear Dr. Tony Campolo speak at... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on May 03, 2012

A Discussion on The New Jim Crow

The private-prison industry is fast growing with the two largest companies, Corrections Corp. of America and GEO Group, posting profits of $2.9 billion by the end of 2010. Private prison corporations actively lobby for laws that incentivize filling prisons and detention facilities to increase their own profits at the expense of our... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on May 02, 2012

3 Ways to Transform Confict into Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 During the first week of General Conference, a presenter for a restructuring plan asked delegates to trust the process... read more»

Posted by Michelle Whittaker on May 02, 2012

Missin’ Out on May Day?!

On May 1st of 1999 I left Manila, Philippines early in the morning, somewhat frustrated that I will miss out on May Day workers’ rallies and actions. I was headed for a meeting of the UMC Concern for Workers Task Force in Oregon. After I checked into the hotel and... read more»

Posted by Rev. Dr. Israel Alvaran on May 01, 2012