Catching Stones | March 01, 2017
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Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
a world where all who are weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


'Jazz-Gospel Messiah' Live-streamed to Prisoners

Here is a heartwarming CRC story published in the Chicago Tribune! Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church worked for three years to help live-stream a performance of "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah" from the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago to the jail in downtown Waukegan, Ill. Read the story here


TED Talk: How Jails Extort the Poor

Half a million Americans are in jail simply because they are unable to post bail. Even more are jailed because they can't pay their debt to the court, sometimes for things as minor as unpaid parking tickets. Salil Dudani shares stories from Ferguson, Mo., and asks us to think differently about how we punish the poor and marginalized. Listen here.


Next to Die

The Marshall Project is a nonprofit news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Their thought-provoking project “Next to Die” allows you to follow what’s happening on Death Row.


No Such Thing as "Away"

Do Justice writer Jonathan Nicolai-deKoning reflects on what it means to “put someone away” and what a more restorative criminal justice system might look like. Read here.



Restorative Justice Radio Segment

In this WHYY radio segment, Ted Wachtel, the president and founder of the International Institute for Restorative Practices, explains what he means when he talks about “restorative justice.” You will also hear about how restorative practices are transforming a middle school in Philadelphia.


Bridge to Restorative Justice Conference

Are you from the Hamilton, Ontario area? The Bridge to Restorative Justice Conference is happening on April 1st! Hear about restorative justice, how it impacts the community, and how changes can and are being made to create a compassionate and safer Hamilton community. Learn more and get tickets here.


Hope for Restoration Conference

The Saint Benedict Institute, in partnership with Hope College, Calvin College, Calvin Theological Seminary, and the Calvin Prison Initiative, is hosting “Hope for Restoration: Radical Hospitality and Prison Reform,” a day-long conference on restorative justice, on Sat., Mar. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hope College. Register and learn more here.


Trump Administration Rescinds Plan to Reduce Private Prison Use

Attorney Jeff Sessions sent a memo Thursday to the Bureau of Prisons which effectively reverses the previous administration's plan to stop investing in private prisons. In the interest of meeting future capacity needs, the U.S. will re-invest in the private prison industry. Read more here.