With more than 600,000 Georgians under correctional supervision, it is hard to imagine a church in our state without members affected, in one way or another, by incarceration. 97% of those incarcerated will be released back to their communities at some point, where they face many barriers to “reentry.” As members of Christ’s body, it is important to consider whether there might be a role for us in ministering to those facing “reentry.”
The Healing Communities training, which will be held in the Gould Room on Saturday, January 28 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., is designed to help congregations understand, embrace, and minister to individuals and families who have been impacted by crime or incarceration and/or who are navigating the challenges around reentry, reconciliation, and reintegration. Best suited to small groups, the training also provides space and structure for participants to do some self-reflection around these issues and to begin exploring concrete ways their churches can respond.
If you are discerning a call to prison or reentry ministry, you don’t want to miss this unique opportunity! Space is limited. The cost is $10, for lunch and refreshments. For more information or to sign up, contact Canon Cathy Zappa, 404-365-1043.