The Prison Ministry Commission invites you to make space for people impacted by the criminal justice system – in your hearts and in your schedule. Dedicate a day of your community’s life together to think about, pray about, learn about, and act for the people with lived experience of our justice system: offenders, victims of crime, legal and corrections staff, law enforcement, and the families of all these people.
As our Communities of Support & Accountability (CoSA) program continues to evolve and the community around us changes, one thing is clear: the need for support to persons in our legal system is as present as ever. CoSA is a project of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon supported by the Diocese of Oregon Prison Ministry Commission to break cycles of abuse and violence, and create communities with no more victims.
We believe that people of faith have a role to play in education and action for restoring justice in our communities. One resource for those conversations is Criminal Justice Sabbath, during which faith communities hold a day set apart to recognize the many ways criminal justice impacts our whole society, and to remember that people in prison are part of our community, too.
- If you are part of a congregation, consider holding a day dedicated to thinking, praying, learning about, and acting with persons impacted by our legal system: offenders, victims of crime, legal and corrections staff, law enforcement, and the families of all these people.
- If you can’t dedicate an entire worship service to Criminal Justice Sabbath, share a prayer or bring the theme to an adult education group. Start where your congregation is at, and spark one new step in learning and caring.
We invite you to make space for people impacted by the criminal justice system, in your hearts and in your schedule. This year, we invite you to hold a Criminal Justice Sabbath on any day that works in your community’s calendar.
Download the 2017 Criminal Justice Sabbath Guide for interfaith resources for worship, preaching, adult education and action.
Email Tom English, Convener of the Prison Ministry Commission, at email@example.com if your congregation takes part in Criminal Justice Sabbath, so we can add you to our list of participants!