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2017 Black Church Studies Consultation

February 24-25, 2017 | Louisville Seminary and Quinn Chapel AME Church

Mass Incarceration and Restorative Justice is the theme for Louisville Seminary’s 2017 Black Church Studies Consultation. While many Black congregations know of the impact of mass incarceration on their churches and communities, many still have little to no tools to assist either the incarcerated or ex-offenders and their families. 

The BCS Consultation will feature scholars, faith leaders and social justice advocates who will address the complexities of the issues of mass incarceration and how this can be incorporated into the worship and ethical life of the church. Workshops from practitioners and plenary session leaders will provide real-life working models and tools that can help churches begin to develop ministries to respond to these issues.


Register now for the 2017 Black Church Studies Consultation "Mass Incarceration/Restorative Justice: Understanding and Response."
Deadline to register is February 20.

Special Pricing for groups of 5 or more from the same congregation or organization.
Please use this form.

Keynote Sessions include:

  • In Their Own Voices: Experiences of Mass Incarceration
  • From Those Who Work With Families of Incarcerated Persons
  • Release, Reentry and Redemption: The Church and Community's Response and Responsibility
  • Healing Communities: A Framework for Congregations in their Ministry to Families Affected by Incarceration
  • Restorative Justice: Collaboration Between Victims, Offenders and Community


  • Healing Communities: Some beginning steps for congregations committed to ministry to families affected by mass incarceration
  • Faith-based Community Development and Engagement
  • Juvenile Suspensions: Stopping the Pipeline to Mass Incarcerations
  • Congregational Ministry to Persons Affected by Mass Incarceration
  • Healing and Restorative Circles
  • Using the Faith of the Offender to Bring Healing and Wholeness


Download the 2017 Black Church Studies Consultation Brochure.

Special Screening
Milwaukee 53206
February 24, 3:30 p.m.

A special screening of Milwaukee 53206 will be part of the closing session (3:30 - 4:30 p.m.) for BCS Consultation events taking place on February 24. The film chronicles the lives of those affected by incarceration in America's most incarcerated zip code. Professor Scott Williamson as well as a representative from Odyssey Network (the film's production company) will be on hand to field questions after the screening. Watch the trailer below.

BCS Consultation Speakers:

  • Ron Brown
  • Rev. Dean Bucalos, Mission Behind Bars and Beyond
  • Dr. Cherie Dawson-Edwards, Associate Professor, Public Policy and Advocacy, University of Louisville
  • Dr. Anthony Everett, Senior Pastor, Wesley UMC, Neha CDC
  • Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson, Senior Pastor St. Peter’s UCC
  • Dr. Kilen Gray, Dean of Students, Louisville Seminary
  • Dr. Ashley Hicks White, Assistant Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, Louisville Seminary
  • Rev. Alonzo Johnson
  • Min. Annettra Jones
  • Rev. Dr. Felicia LaBoy, Associate Dean of Black Church Studies and Advanced Learning, Associate Professor of Black Church Studies, Louisville Seminary
  • Dr. Debra Mumford, Frank H. Caldwell Professor of Homiletics, Director of the Money Matters for Ministry Program
  • Ms.Gisela Nelson, New Destiny Corporation
  • Rev. Phil Thompson
  • Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, Associate Professor, Applied Theology, Howard University; Executive Director, Healing Communities Prison Ministry and Prisoner Reentry Project of the Philadelphia Leadership Foundation
  • Jamari White, Y-NOW Children of Prisoners Mentoring Program
  • Rev. Dr. F. Bruce Williams, Senior Pastor, Bates Memorial Baptist Church
  • Dr. Scott Williamson, Robert H. Walkup Professor of Theological Ethics, Louisville Seminary


Traveling from out of town and looking for a place to stay during the Black Church Studies Consultation? Laws Lodge at Louisville Seminary has rooms available!

Call (502) 992-9220 or email lmiller@lpts.edu for questions and to make your reservation.
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