Why It Will Take More Than Kim Kardashian West to Address Mass Incarceration

A 63-year-old great-grandmother named Alice Johnson is free from prison and was reunited with her family last week, all thanks to Kim Kardashian West. The reality star met with President Trump to advocate for Johnson’s release and won. Now the president has turned to NFL athletes, asking who else they think he […]

Can You Hear the Dog Whistle? A Review Of “Rethinking Incarceration”

It isn’t enough to keep up with current events. Never mind the flurry of posts on social media. The daily ticker of local, national, and international news should have an impact on the way we Christians think, pray, and live our lives in community. Christians need to understand history as […]

‘Rethinking Incarceration’ author on justice, race and the fact Jesus was incarcerated

CHICAGO (RNS) — The problems in the United States’ criminal justice system go all the way back to slavery, according to Dominique DuBois Gilliard, who directs racial reconciliation work for the Evangelical Covenant Church. Both slavery and incarceration are means of racial and social control, said Gilliard, who sees these controls working together throughout American history […]

Visit Those in Prison. Just Remember Jesus May Have Gotten There First (Christianity Today)

Two centuries ago, philanthropist Elizabeth Fry visited an English prison and left horrified by the filthy conditions. Driven by her Christian faith, Fry spent her life building relationships with the incarcerated and advocating improvements to their physical environment. Dominique Gilliard, the Evangelical Covenant Church’s director of racial righteousness and reconciliation, […]

Our Greatest Temptation

So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh— for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by […]

Why I believe Women Are Called to Serve in ALL Levels of Church Leadership

I would not be the disciple of Christ that I am if it were not for female leaders in the church. As a pastor, author, and community developer, my discipleship, spiritual formation, and leadership development is—and has been—inextricably linked to female leadership at every level within the church. I have […]

Ida B. Wells: Poetic Justice

Ida B. Wells is the most unsung freedom fighter in U.S. history. Her pursuit of justice spurred the Great Migration, halted the barbarous—nationwide–epidemic of lynching, and helped birth the NAACP. Born a slave—in Holly Springs, Mississippi—Wells overcame, what seemed to be, insurmountable odds to become one of the most prophetic […]

Jesus and punishment (Christian Century review of Rethinking Incarceration)

Dominique DuBois Gilliard’s Rethinking Incarceration is the perfect addition to a larger conversation about mass incarceration. by Daniel José Camacho March 1, 2018 When Michelle Alexander quit teaching law in 2016, she made a memorable statement which included the following words: “This is not simply a legal problem, or a political problem, or a policy […]

#LentTogether: The Cost of Discipleship, in Community

Lent is a season of preparation. It is a liturgical period of time where we soberly look towards the cross and consider the true cost of discipleship. It is a time during which we remember that we were bought with a price and acknowledge that our lives are not our […]