The Greater Northwest Area United Methodist Church Presents

Church Forsaken

In “Church Forsaken: Practicing Presence in Neglected Neighbor- hoods,” Pastor Jonathan Brooks draws a compelling blueprint for churches to engage communities based on Jeremiah’s letter to the Israelites. Identifying place as an important element of most biblical narratives, Brooks draws our attention to the ways in which we may be missing part of God’s intention for us when we prioritize ‘what’ and fail to ask ‘where’ or ‘with whom.’

Rethinking Incarceration

From its early history, there has been profound tension in the United States—and in its churches—between the idea of incarceration as punishment, and the spirit of rehabilitation. In "Rethinking Incarceration," Dominique Dubois Gilliard powerfully argues that God’s justice is relational, and inherently restorative. Examining the secular and church history through which we have ultimately arrived at having more people incarcerated than any country in the history of the world, Gilliard illustrates how Christians have been complicit in constructing a justice system that is anything but.

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