205 No. Fourth Street | Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801 | 225-387-5141 | church @ stjamesbr.org |                

I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.
-- Matthew 25:36

The Diocese of Louisiana invites you to the

Proclaiming Hope in the Age of Mass Incarceration

at St. James Episcopal Church

205 N. Fourth Street at Convention Street

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Noon Monday - 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27-29, 2017


or phone the Rev. Peggy King Scott  at 225-638-8433, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Representatives from faith-based, governmental and advocacy groups will engage in theological reflection and informative presentations concerning ministries to the incarcerated, criminal justice reform, and the re-entry of former inmates into society.  We seek to encourage and to inform those working to proclaim hope in the midst of the suffering and injustice embedded within our current systems of mass incarceration. 


Speakers include advocates, researchers, authors, clergy, attorneys, government officials, and service providers to inmates and their families, including:

  • The Rev. Charles Allen Wynder, Jr., Missioner for Social Justice and Advocacy Engagement for The Episcopal Church
  • Dr. Jennifer M. McBride, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary
  • The Rev. Jackie Burns, Benedictine oblate and Coordinator of Women’s Ministry Kindway EMBARK in Southern Ohio
  • Mr. Craig Deroche, Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy of Prison Fellowship
  • Dr. Edward Shihadeh, LSU Sociology Professor
  • Ms. Linda Fjeldsjo, Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge and Joseph Homes Coordinator
  • The Rev. Canon Angela S. Ifill, Missioner for Black Ministries for The Episcopal Church
  • The Rev. Charles DeGravelles, Episcopal deacon, prison minister and author
  • Dr. Amy Levad, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Sister Greta Ronningen, Benedictine author of "Free on the Inside: Finding God Behind Bars"
  • The Rev. Dennis Gibbs, Prison Chaplain and Director of Prism Restorative Justice, Los Angeles, California
  • Ms. Jill Sullivan, Advocacy Volunteer Coordinator, Prison Fellowship
  • Dr. Samantha Kurtz, Clinical Psychologist, Founder of "Right Time"
  • Mr. Keith Nordyke, Criminal Defense Attorney - Nordyke & Greenfield, LLC
  • Dr. Marianne Giorlando, Adjunct Instructor in Criminal Justice, Northwestern State University, Louisiana
  • Mr. Bruce Reilly, Deputy Director of VOTE - Voice of the Ex-Offender, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Ms. Katherine M. Mattes, Senior Professor and Director of the Criminal Law Clinic, Tulane University Law School
  • Ms. Andrea James, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
  • Mr. Eddie Ellis, Founder of "One by 1," Re-entry Activist
  • Ms. Shawntelle L. Fisher, Founder and CEO of "The Soulfisher" Ministries
  • Ms. Heidi Kim, Program Staff Officer for Racial Reconciliation, TEC
  • The Rev. Jackie Burns, Coordinator of Women's Ministries, Kindway EMBARK
  • Mr. James LeBlanc, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Corrections

Registration fee of $145 includes

  • Three meals and refreshments during the conference
  • Conference materials
  • Plenary and small-group presentations
  • Chartered bus ride to Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, Louisiana on Wednesday, March 29, for a prison tour, conversation with prison inmates who have become ministry leaders within their prison walls, speaker panel discussion, and a closing service of worship.


Several options can be found in downtown Baton Rouge within walking distance of St. James Church. Links here. 

Parking is limited in the lots at St. James Episcopal Church during the week (Day School, staff, etc.), but there are several pay lots withing easy walking distance, as well as widely available on-street parking.

We urge early reservations, as hotel space remains in high demand as a result of the Flood of 2016 which affected this geographic area.



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