Artisan Winter Read

February - May 2019

Artisan Church is leading a community read of the book Rethinking Incarceration during Lent 2019. Our goal is to increase our awareness how the church, with its theology and history, has contributed to problems in the criminal justice system and to begin to address these issues together.

Interested in joining the read? Please fill out the Rethinking Incarceration Read interest form so we can be in touch.

The book and its author

Mass incarceration has become a lucrative industry, and the criminal justice system is plagued with bias and unjust practices. And the church has unwittingly contributed to the problem.

Dominique Gilliard explores the history and foundation of mass incarceration, examining Christianity’s role in its evolution and expansion. He then shows how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles, offering creative solutions and highlighting innovative interventions.

The church has the power to help transform our criminal justice system.

Books can be purchased online.

The Read

The community read will be comprised of book-end events and small discussion groups led by each participating congregation.

We have discussion content that we will supply to group leaders.

The events

  • February 13th: A screening of the movie 13th with a discussion led by Dr. Melody Boyd at Artisan Church
  • February 24th - April 14th: Weekly reading groups led by members within each congregation
  • May 2nd: A reception for all reading groups to share what we’ve learned together and ponder next steps with community organizations already active in this work

Can we join the read?

Sure! Please contact James Sconfitto for more information.

What’s required?

Each community is encouraged to set up its own weekly, or bi-weekly, reading and discussion groups.

Participants are responsible for purchasing their own books.

Artisan will provide a leaders’ guide with discussion content.