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Faith, Hope, Reconciliation: The Church’s Role in Prison Reform

7 PM – 8:30 PM, Saint James Chapel

This program, sponsored by the Cathedral’s Society of Regents, should be of special interest to our worshipping community.  So many of us remember Winnie Varghese’s stirring sermons when she was chaplain at Columbia University and took the pulpit at the Cathedral from time to time. We also remember Father Petero Sabune who fascinated us with his course on Christianity in Africa.

Both are participating with Ms Cheryl Wilkins in a panel discussion on the increasing need for American prison reform and the ways in which we can push for the fair treatment of both currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. The panelists have worked on ending the privatization of prisons, the Close Rikers campaign, and helping with reentry and will discuss how to push for change from both inside and outside the church.

The Reverend Winnie Varghese, moderator, is now the Director of Justice and Reconciliation at Trinity Church Wall Street. Reverend Canon Petero Sabune served for five years as the Protestant Chaplain of Sing Sing Prison, and for several years has served 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.

Earlier Event: January 28
Sunday Morning Bible Study
Later Event: February 4
Little Pilgrims