This guide, developed in partnership with the Progressive National Baptist Convention, explains the Healing Communities model which seeks to engage congregations in the restoration and healing of their members who have been affected by crime and incarceration. The model seeks to transform hearts and minds by creating a sense of inclusion, reducing stigma and shame, and building networks of support that start in houses of worship and expand to the community at large.

March 1, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How churches can do the healing work of reconciliation among those who have caused harm, those who have been hurt, and the larger community.

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    A guide for pastors and disciples who embrace the work of Healing Communities.

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    Resources, including references to films, websites, and books to illuminate this work; as well as Healing Community materials and practical suggestions.

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    Inspiring stories of the impact of church engagement on the lives of people affected by crime.

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    Background information on criminal justice policies that have created the “cradle-to-prison pipeline” for youth.

Key Takeaway

Expanding the Circle of Healing

Beyond ministering to those in prison, churches can help reduce the stigma and shame of being involved in a criminal case, or having a family member arrested and imprisoned. By creating a welcoming and healing environment, congregations can help their own members who are accused of crimes, incarcerated, or coming home from prison; their families; the victims of crime and their families; and the larger community.

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