Martin Luther was eight years old when Christopher Columbus set sail from Europe and landed in the Western Hemisphere. Luther was a young monk and priest when Michaelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel in Rome...
Assignment completes candidacy for all people, including those ordained in another Lutheran church or Christian tradition, moving them toward first call and admittance to the appropriate roster in the ELCA...
The ELCA Conference of Bishops' Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Liaison Committee and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs Committee commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation by signing a joint statement during a Lutheran-Catholic service of Common Prayer.
Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, and the resulting debate about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity for almost 500 years.
For the past several years, the members of the ELCA have been engaged in discussions about criminal justice fostered by the development of a social statement on the topic.
Currently, the Recommended and Proposed Social Statement on Criminal Justice (available at www.elca.org/criminaljustice) is circulating through the church. At the Churchwide Assembly this fall, members will have the opportunity to vote on its adoption. In recognition of the important conversations about this topic in the church, this annual book review issue of
JLE features reviews of several texts on criminal justice. Dawn Jeglum Bartusch, professor at Valparaiso University and member of the ELCA’s criminal justice task force, reviews Michelle Alexander’s recently popular book,
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness (New York: The New Press, 2010). Longtime prison ministry practitioner Christie Billups reviews Christopher D. Marshall’s
Compassionate Justice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two Gospel Parables on Law, Crime, and Restorative Justice (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012). Amy Levad, author of Restorative Justice: Theories and Practices of Moral Imagination, reviews of James Logan’s
Good Punishment? Christian Moral Practice and U.S. Imprisonment (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm B Eerdmans, 2008.) Logan himself responds to Levad’s assessment and offers his own review of Alex Mikulich, Laurie Cassidy, and Margaret Pfeil’s
The Scandal of White Complicity: in US Hyper-Incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). Lastly, I review Hans Joas’ study of human rights,
The Sacredness of the Person: A New Genealogy of Human Rights (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013). Happy reading and enjoy your summer!
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