Sunday Adult Forum


Christian Responses to Crime and Punishment | September 10–December 17, 2017

Fall Series on Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice Reform

Sundays, 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.
St. Chrysostom's Episcopal Church, 1424 North Dearborn Parkway (Second Floor)
Complimentary valet parking available in front of the church

This fall St. Chrysostom’s Adult Forum features distinguished speakers on the history and causes of mass incarceration in our country: on the harm it has caused especially in African-American communities, and on some of the efforts to improve the criminal justice that are now underway in Illinois and elsewhere.

Presentations and conversations will be rooted deeply in the spirituality of justice and mercy as embodied in Jesus’ life and ministry—and in the Anglican interpretive model which draws on Scripture, tradition, and reason. We will be asking all of our speakers to help us understand what we as a Christian community can do to promote the reforms needed to achieve a more just and effective criminal justice system. This program is the first phase of a year-long focus on how we as a Christian community can make a difference with these pressing issues in our city and country. 

September 10 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
The Rev. Al Sharp, Executive Director of Clergy for a New Drug Policy and former Interim Executive Director of Community Renewal Society
Introduction: How our system of incarceration has developed and some key issues

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Rev. Sharp's full presentation.

September 17 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Jahmal Cole, Executive Director, My Block, My Hood, My City 
Broadening Horizons of Chicago Youth: Using city-wide explorations to lift teens out of the cycle of poverty and imprisonment

> CLICK TO VIEW A VIDEO of Jahmal Cole's full presentation

Wednesday, September 20 | 6:30 p.m. Guild Room | Film with Salad & Pizza

All are invited to view the important Netflix documentary “13th” about the political, legal and administrative developments over the past 50 years that led to our current system of mass incarceration.

> CLICK for more information and a link to watch "13th" on Netflix.  

September 24 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Amy Thompson, Deputy Cook County Public Defender
The System: How the criminal justice system works and barriers to reducing incarceration 

October 1 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room 
Courtney Lance Morakalis, author of Pruno, Ramen, and a Side of Hope: Stories of Surviving Wrongful Conviction 
Wrongful Conviction

October 8 Chicago Marathon—No Forum

October 15 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Andrea J. Ritchie, civil rights attorney and author of Invisible No More. Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color 
Women & LGBT Persons: The special problems with the treatment of women and LGBT people in the criminal justice system

October 22 | 10:00 Guild Room
The Very Rev. Andrew McGowan, Dean of the Berkeley Divinity School, Yale University
Beyond Prayer: How faith communities engage with integrity and impact 

October 29 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Dr. David Olson, Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology, Loyola University
Who Pays: The real costs of excessive criminalization and excessive incarceration

November 05 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Pam Rodriquez, President and CEO, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities
Diversion: Adult and juvenile alternatives to incarceration

November 12 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Kim Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney 
Addressing Excess Incarceration: Modifying guidelines for prosecution and sentencing, and addressing barriers to change

November 19 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board
County Reform Initiatives: Progress and next steps

November 26 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Paula Wolff, Director, Illinois Justice Project Invited
State Law Reform: Progress and next steps 

December 3 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room 
Mark Ishaug, CEO, Thresholds
Who: Who is in prison and what affect does imprisonment have on them, with a focus on mental health issues

December 10 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
Rev. Saeed Richardson, Director of Policy of the Community Renewal Society Invited
Release and Reentry: How prisoner release and reentry is handled now and what it will take to improve that grim reality

December 17 | 10:00 a.m. Guild Room
The Rev. Al Sharp, Executive Director of Clergy for a New Drug Policy and former Interim Executive Director of Community Renewal Society
Lessons Learned & Next Steps: Review of the discussions to date and some of the ways that we can get involved in helping to interrupt the race to improve the process of release and reentry