Smarter Sentencing Act

I am one of almost 700 clergy and faith leaders who have signed an interfaith letter to Congress about the Smarter Sentencing Act. The Act (S. 1410/H.R. 3382) is "a step towards addressing racial injustice as well as reducing the mass incarceration that characterizes our current justice system." So What? As followers of the Way of Jesus, we must recognize the inherent dignity of all people and advocate for a criminal justice system that treats people justly and humanely.  As people Read More …

A Unique Lenten Discipline

Last year I shared the story of an unusual Lenten discipline: Shawnthea Monroe, senior minister of Plymouth Church, chose to wear a collar for Lent.  This year, I encountered an even more unique Lenten discipline: wearing orange prison jumpsuit. Kent McKeever, a Baptist youth minister at Seventh and James Baptist Church and an attorney who represents indigent clients through Mission Waco, is wearing the orange jumpsuit throughout Lent "to draw attention to disparities in the sentencing of the Read More …