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SBI Updates

#We Matter Too
Building solidarity with students who are incarcerated

Long before COVID-19 arrived, McCormick had been dreaming of the many ways that we can use theological seminary education as an avenue to create beloved community from incarceration through re-entry. And, despite its ongoing presence, McCormick is working to offer life-giving practices and resources of peace, hope and life to people at Cook County Jail. Read more

A place to enter: solidarity-making with a shared language

Mr. Mika'il DeVeaux, a formerly incarcerated person, shares his experience illustrating how commonly used terminology harms and is designed to harm and dehumanize incarcerated and formerly incarcerated persons. Jia Johnson, who directs McCormick's program for Theological Studies at Cook County Department of Corrections, invites you to join our community in learning more respectful and life affirming shared language as McCormick continues to live into our call to serve persons involved in and affected by the carceral system. Read more here.

Finding Solidarity with the Imprisoned

The project director for the Solidarity Building Initiative shares reflections of solidarity building after co-teaching the pilot course Theological Reflections with students who are incarcerated at Cook County Jail’s Division 11. Read more here.

WriteNow Your Words Matter Video

Advocates have come together to start letter writing campaigns to people in prisons and jails experiencing fourth isolation, fear and grief during COVID-19.  Watch the recording to learn more about letter-writing relationships and stories of impact. Read more here.

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