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Ministry & Policy Forum

The Church in the Era of Mass Incarceration: Examining the Role of Advocacy, Criminal Justice Reform, and Healing

Second Baptist Church of Evanston | 1717 Benson Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Serving as a resource for ministry practitioners who understand social justice, community outreach and policy engagement as critical components of their vocational calling, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, along with our other sponsors, is excited to offer this half-day training as a tool for students, pastors and laypersons to grow better equipped to engage issues of incarceration, societal re-entry, healing and how to imagine 21st century ministry amidst these evolving contexts. The gathering will feature both a moderated community conversation and series of concurrently-running training workshops. 

For any questions regarding this gathering, please contact

Keynote Speaker

  • Rev. Dr. Harold D. Trulear, Associate Professor, Howard University School of Divinity



  • Rev. Aundreia Alexander, Esq., Associate General Secretary for Action and Advocacy, National Council of Churches of Christ, USA
  • Rev. Saeed Richardson, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Waukegan; Director of Policy, Community Renewal Society
  • Christopher Huff, Assistant Director for Muti-Sector Engagement, University of Chicago


Workshops and Training Facilitators

Engaging the Impact of the Prison Nation on Young Women & Girls

  • Liz Alexander, MA, MSW, Founder & Principal Consultant, She Dreams of Freedom Consulting Group

Transformative Justice: Looking at Reentry Practices Through a New Lens

  • Yaacov Delaney, CRS Organizer for Restoring Rights and Justice Reform
  • Jia Johnson, Project Manager, Sunshine Enterprises’ Partnership with Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens

Seek First the Kingdom, and FREEDOM Shall be Added Unto You!

What role should the today's church serve in ending mass incarceration? The purpose of this workshop is to unpack the topic of how seeing things of God can deter the next generation from falling victim to a well structured, well designed prison system and how the church can aid targeted communities.

  • Jeremy Young, CEO & Founder, Young Innovators of Chicago


This half-day training will also feature Rev. Bryson White, PhD Student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.


January 12, 2019

Second Baptist Church of Evanston

1717 Benson Avenue
Evanston , IL 60201


Center for the Church and the Black Experience Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary


National Council of Churches


She Dreams of Freedom Consulting Group


Second Baptist Church of Evanston


Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Redefine Seminary

Master of Arts in
Public Ministry Program


Center for the Church and the Black Experience

Instituted in 1970 as one of the primary emphases of the seminary, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience (CBE) focuses on African American experience and ministry. This center responds to the needs of the African American students, pastors, and churches. Its purpose is to ensure the integration of black religious experience into all aspects of seminary life, including student recruitment, faculty development, curriculum planning, and special programs. For more information, contact Taurean Webb, interim director, at 847-866-3984. To learn more about CBE, go to