Action Alert

Action Alert: School-to-Prison Pipeline Bible Study

Action Alert: School-to-Prison Pipeline Bible Study

Greetings, sisters! As summer winds down, United Methodist Women are gearing up for a new program year! Meetings are being planned and leaders are looking for resources to share and inform our work. We are happy to share that one resource that has been absent for a while is back in a brand-new format! Action Alerts have long been a source of information for social action coordinators and other United Methodist Women leaders and we want to continue to provide that. Rather than one each month, we hope to provide two. While these will be a bit shorter, they will be more interactive, with online links and current information as well as theological reflections and steps for action. Below you will find the first alert in our new format, though some of you may have gotten a sneak peek with the Mission u action. Our newest Action Alert is a Bible study on the School-to-Prison Pipeline. We invite you to engage in this study remembering that Bible study and prayer is also action, in fact our faith is the basis for all of our action.

Mollie James-Vickery
United Methodist Deaconess
Director of Mobilization and Advocacy


As students across the country head back to school, we are all invited to renew our commitment to interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. One way to engage this question more deeply is through Bible study in your circle meetings, units or churches.

We invite you to explore United Methodist Women’s School-to-Prison Pipeline Bible Study Series, available for free download here:

Why This Study?
As members of United Methodist Women, we are committed to work on behalf of women, children and youth. Holding a particular focus on women, children and youth means that we sometimes bring different questions, concerns and approaches to decision-making — whether in the ministry of the church or in mission to the world. We look at the same situations, understand the same facts and talk to the same people, but we are able to see differently because we bring this special perspective to our mission work, whether globally or in our own backyards. It is like we’re wearing special women-, children- and youth-seeing eyeglasses in a world where women, children and youth are too often treated as either invisible or expendable.

What happens when we allow that same focus — those special women-, children- and youth-seeing eyeglasses — to inform our approach to Bible study? What happens when we bring a set of “glasses” to consider the perspectives of other communities and individuals who are often harmed, ignored or forgotten in the biblical world and in today’s world? How might such a perspective let us see afresh both familiar and less familiar Scriptures?

Learning Objectives
• Grow and deepen our relationship with God and one another.
• Build our skills as disciples by learning a new approach to Bible study.
• Strengthen our advocacy for children and youth with a firm, scriptural foundation.

 1. Reading the Bible Together: Focus on Women, Children and Youth (Introduction Only) 
 2. Biblical Women: Claiming Justice for Ourselves and Our Children (Unit)
 3. Children and Youth Through God’s Eyes (Unit)
 4. Claiming Joy and Truth in a World that Misses Out on #BlackGirlMagic (Unit)
 5. Seeking the Lost with Love (Unit)
 6. Systemic Racism, Social Holiness and the Powers and Principalities of Our Time (Unit)

Planning Your Study
We all find ourselves in different contexts and communities with different gifts, graces and educational needs. There is no single “right way” to approach this study, and one size most definitely does not fit all. This learning experience is meant to be modified. As you prepare for this study, carefully consider the prior experience and understanding of your group as well as the practical possibilities and limitations for your time together. Review the materials – including all five units – before you outline your study plan. Some units may be more appropriate or useful for some groups than others. You are not expected to complete each and every unit. Consider your learning context when making plans. Some units may be so full that you’d like to spread them out over several sessions. You may want to walk through all the questions for each Scripture passage, or you may want to select just a few. Be discerning. A small group that meets for an hour per week for 12 weeks will require a different approach than a large group gathering that happens just once for a two-hour block of time. This study is designed to be adaptable. As always, it is important to facilitate with thoughtfulness, care and grace, ensuring that all voices are valued and all participants are respected.

Providing Feedback
We want resources that work well for members. If you do use these resources, please take time to provide feedback so that we can continue to improve. You can provide feedback here:

Posted or updated: 8/30/2019 12:00:00 AM

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*The School-to-Prison Pipeline
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Emily Jones
Executive for Racial Justice
United Methodist Women
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New York, NY 10115


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