Seminar for women members of United Methodist Women

Mass Incarceration: "Re-member Those Who Are in Prison"

August 10–14, 2016
Church Center for the United Nations, New York, NY

Mass Incarceration:
At National Seminar 2015, members learned about and spoke out against police and prosecution practices that lead to unjust incarceration.

“Let mutual love continue ... Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.”
Hebrews 13:1–3, NRSV

How is it that the United States, with only 5 percent of the world’s population, incarcerates more than 20 percent of the world's total prison population? What does it mean as people of faith to actively re-member members of our family and society who are incarcerated, isolated and removed from our communities?

From August 10-14, 2016, all women members are invited to join United Methodist Women's Seminar Program in New York City to critically explore our country's criminal justice system, the prison industrial complex and how the United States’ current "War on Drugs" and anti-immigration climate has led to the disproportionate incarceration of black and brown people and poor whites. With mass incarceration as our current United Methodist Women priority issue, what is our collective role as members in responding to this crisis?

Registration from June 13–July 8, 2016
Participants are responsible for paying the registration fee of $75 and the costs of their travel to and from New York City. United Methodist Women national office will cover the expenses of meals, lodging and ground transportation during the seminar. Assistance with travel costs is available (please indicate this need on your registration form). Attendance is limited to 30 persons. Registration opens June 13 and closes July 8 and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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Schedule Overview
Wednesday, August 10
5 p.m. Dinner
6 p.m. Opening Session

Thursday–Saturday, August 11–13
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Seminar

Sunday, August 14

Participants are expected to be present for all the seminar sessions. If you would like to explore New York City, please arrange your travel plans to allow additional time for that.

For more information, contact the Seminar Program at or 212-682-3633.

Posted or updated: 6/12/2016 11:00:00 PM

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For more information about this seminar, contact the Seminar Program at or 212-682-3633.