RELEASED: I’m Home, Now What is intended to inspire, educate and activate clergy and lay in the areas of social justice and impact. Whether you are engaged in prison ministry, advocacy or social justice, the information and resources provided during National Reentry Week will help you with ways to impact and transform your community through the lives of persons who need a second chance.
Monday, April 26 6pm CT: Motivation Monday
It is said that when you know your why, your what and how becomes even more clear. Hear why ResourceUMC and SBC21are committed to bringing leaders information that will help envision fresh expressions for how to transform the lives of persons impacted by incarceration.
Presenters: Toska Medlock Lee, Michael L. Bowie, Jr.
Tuesday, April 27 6pm CT: Testimony Tuesday – Women
The bible reminds us in Revelations that we overcome by the word of our testimony. Women will share challenges while sharing how they manage returning home from prison. Hear first- hand perspectives on what ministries are needed from the faith community.
Presenters: Tina Naidoo, Tiwangi Kyle, Mania Marquez, Dawn Freeman, Toska Medlock Lee
Wednesday, April 28 6pm CT: Wisdom Wednesday
For the past six years, West Ohio has been training, equipping, resourcing, and connecting its people in ministry with neighbors impacted by crime and incarceration through the All In Community initiative. And for about the same amount of time, a single urban congregation in Compton, California with a motivated pastor attended the National Prison Summit on Mass Incarceration and left with a plan to transform the lives of individuals returning from prisons. Wisdom Wednesday will feature impactful resources and inspiring conversations with leaders from across our connection who have discovered that the lived experience of crime and incarceration is a pervasive presence within our congregations and the communities served.
Presenters: Reba Collins, All-In Consultant, United Methodist West Ohio Conference, Dr. Mike Davis, Religious Services Administrator, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and Pastor Saun Hough, Assistant Pastor – Crossroads UMC (Cal-Pac Conference of the UMC), Compton, CA, Rev. Adrienne Zackery, Sr. Pastor – Crossroads UMC - Compton, CA
Thursday, April 29 6pm CT: Thriving Thursday – Men
Like women, men have unique challenges when returning home, seeking employment and navigating emotional and mental wellness. Hear first-hand from men who have returned home.
April 30 6pm CT: Freedom Friday
Learn how your church can make every Friday a Freedom Friday. This session will highlight how congregations are using Freedom Friday to advance social justice and impact awareness as a way to have fresh expressions for engaging youth, young adults. Freedom Friday will also close out with a surprise nationally recognized formerly incarcerated who is now one of America’s most popular person.