The Cathedral of St. John the Divine will present a panel discussion on the increasing need for American prison reform and the different ways to advocate for fair treatment of both currently and formerly incarcerated individuals on Monday, January 29 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. James at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan.
“Faith, Hope, Reconciliation: The Church’s Role in Prison Reform” is moderated by The Reverend Winnie Varghese, Director of Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street, and sponsored by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine’s Society of Regents. The panelists, The Reverend Canon Petero Sabune and Ms. Cheryl Wilkins, have years of experience in many areas of prison reform, community reentry, and ending the privatization of prisons, including work on the #CLOSErikers Campaign, and will discuss strategies to push for change from both inside and outside the church.
The Reverend Canon Petero Sabune served for five years as the Protestant Chaplain of Sing Sing Prison, and served for several years as Liaison for Reentry for the New York Department of Corrections and Community Service.
Ms. Cheryl Wilkins is the Senior Director of Education and Programs at Columbia University’s Center for Justice, which works to advance alternative approaches to safety and justice through community collaboration, education, research and policy with the mission of reducing the nation’s reliance on incarceration.
Learn more about the Society of Regents and the many ways they support the Cathedral at stjohndivine.org/support.
For more information on the panel, please visit: http://www.stjohndivine.org/visit/calendar/events/conversations-and-classes/19518/faith-hope-reconciliation-the-churchs-role-in-prison-reform.