Matthew 23:1-12 -- "Thinking of Yourself Less"
Matthew 21:23-32 -- "Believing and Doing"
David Beelen & Denise Posie
Moderator: Dale Cooper
Students: Saulo Montalvo, Nick Nichols, and Michael Duthler
This panel discussion will center around three primary questions: First, how did these men prepare for release? Specifically, what training and preparation did they receive from or through MDOC? Second, what challenges did they experience upon release? Third, what are some practical ways churches and individuals can support returning citizens during and after their time of transition?
Moderator: Dr. Gary Burge
Panelists: Prof. Stacia Hoeksema, Prof. Ken Bergwerff, Dr. Ronald Feenstra, and Dr. David Rylaarsdam.
In this session, Calvin Seminary and Calvin University faculty will offer insights on prison education at the Handlon Correctional Facility. The discussion will touch on their personal and professional experiences and perceptions and the impact of these experiences on their own teaching within and outside of prison.
Dewayne Burton and Todd Cioffi
Moderator: Jul Medenblik
Panelists: Rick Admiraal, Bob Arbogast, Rev. Dominique DuBois Gilliard and Mark Muller
Rev. Dominique DuBois Gilliard
Entering 2020, the United States had more people locked up in jails, prisons, and detention centers than any other country in the history of the world. Mass incarceration has become a lucrative industry, and our criminal justice system is plagued with bias and unjust practices. This session will unpack how we got here, the systemic realities that sustain mass incarceration, and how we bring about needed change.
Todd Cioffi, Rev. Dominique DuBois Gilliard, Melinda Braman+
As an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church, John served as Chaplain in the Federal Correctional Service of Canada. Working with “the least of these” from a wide variety of faiths and cultural backgrounds, John saw his role as one who facilitated healing for inmates who were faced with brokenness in their lives. Assisted by community volunteers and systemic multi-faith resources, his relational ministry aimed to nurture new life and healing. In this presentation, John will share his passion for serving the incarcerated and will provide some background on the present prison system in Canada.
Welcome: John Rottman
Devotion: Jul Medenblik
Rev. Dominique DuBois Gilliard
This workshop will explore how Christians can disciple those behind bars, walk alongside their family members, and advocate for criminal justice that offers opportunities for authentic rehabilitation, lasting transformation, and healthy reintegration. The church has the power to help transform our criminal justice system and learn how it can participate in advocating for justice that restores.
Devotions: Bob Arbogast
Topic: Calvin Prison Initiative
"The Fellowship of the Slow of Heart" - Luke 24:13-35+
Rev. Mark Stephenson & Laura Keeley
"An Idle Tale" - Luke 24:1-12
"Neither a Pagan nor a Hypocrite Be"
Love Without Limits
Salt & Light, Fulfilling the Law
February 20, 2019