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Did you know that the United States is the world’s leader in incarceration with 2.3 million people currently in the nation’s prisons or jails-a 500% increase over the past 30 years? Did you know that those prisons are disproportionately filled with African Americans and other people of color who represent 58% of all prisoners?  On  February 22nd from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., we will begin our next Sacred Conversation series titled: “CRIMINAL JUSTICE OR INJUSTICE?” This series will explore the nature of what constitutes justice, will use the current documentary film, “13th” to help educate us to the issues and challenges that face our society in the area of criminal justice and we will end the series with a discussion with state leaders on what’s going on in Oregon in this important area.  Meet in the Chapel.

February 22nd we will explore the three types of justice: Punitive, Restorative and Redemptive. Representatives from the University of Oregon faculty will join us. (Please note: Wednesday Night Connections dinner will not be served on February 22nd.  Dinner resumes March 1st at 6 p.m.).

(There will be no session on March 1st as there will be an Ash Wednesday Service that evening)

March 8th and 15th, we will be showing the thought provoking documentary “13th.  This film by Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African Americans and other people of color. The film will be shown in two parts with group discussion and opportunity for dialogue about the film.

March 22nd , Newly appointed Senator for District 7, James Manning, will join us to focus on criminal justice in Oregon and we will continue to discuss possible actions we can take to address this growing issue.

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