Our JustTable lunch in March will be led by Jesse Villegas, Canon for Youth and Young Adult Ministries in the Diocese of Arizona.
As Christians, we believe in the God who brought Israel out of bondage in Egypt. The foundational act of God’s covenant with Israel – the act by which the identity of God is shown forth and to which Israel returns, over and over, in their naming of God – is the release of captives. The Exodus from Egypt defines the people of Israel and the nature of God. The Exodus is the story of setting free those who are enslaved, but it applies equally to prisoners. God is the one who brings those in prison out of bondage into the Promised Land of the beloved community.
An Episcopal magazine, The Living Church, recently published an article about Christianity’s relationship to incarceration. You can read the article here.