Kin-dom Work: Proclaiming Release to the Prisoner

An article I wrote over at our sister publication, http://www.BeguineAgain.com

Beguine Again

Recently, I presided over a liturgy that instead of using the word “Kingdom” used the word “Kin-dom.” The idea being that the Kingdom of God is one in which we are all kin.

Additionally, I am attending, right now, Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington DC. ( #ead2015 ). At EAD, we are focusing on bringing an end to mass incarceration through smarter sentencing and through the elimination of family detention of migrant families. At one of the workshops I attended, the stopped calling incarcerated people “offenders” or “criminals” and called them “brother, sister, returning citizen.” Our kin.

There is no denying that the vast majority of those imprisoned will be returning to their home towns. What do we do when they return? Are they set up to succeed? Are they shamed? Can they get fair housing? Food? Do they have state ID’s? So many questions! How will we create…

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