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Mar 24, 2016

Many churches today are involved in ministry to people who are serving time in prison.  But a growing number of churches are becoming involved in ministry to prisoners AFTER they are released.

In this episode of the National Council of Churches Podcast, we will talk to Rev. Dr. Harold Dean Trulear, who teaches at Howard University, and leads a network focused on cutting recidivism by helping the incarcerated effectively reenter society.  We will talk about the problems of adjusting to life outside prison walls and how churches can be involved in this life-saving ministry.

Mar 17, 2016

Has mass incarceration become part of what is seen today as a good business model?  What effect has privatization had on the rehabilitation of prisoners?

Today we will discuss the profit motive as one of the forces behind the mass incarceration crisis, and, specifically, how companies that provide mental health services in the prison system are incentivized to make the problem works, not better.

Mar 10, 2016

Issues surrounding war and peace are as controversial today as they have been in the past.  Among the member communions of the National Council of Churches, approaches to war and peace are as varied as are the communions themselves.  

In this episode we’ll talk with Nathan Hosler with the Church of the Brethren’s Office of Public Witness about his denomination, its understanding of Pacifism as a way of following Jesus, and how this is lived out among hundreds of thousands of Church of the Brethren members living in northern Nigeria, where the militant group Boko Haram has caused untold suffering.

Mar 3, 2016

When the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible was published in 1989, it was accepted as the scholarly standard, a brilliant word-for-word translation of the very earliest manuscripts available.  Breaking new ground by using the gender-neutral terms used in the original languages, in some places the New Revised Standard Version, or NRSV, inspired controversy and greater reflection.  

In today’s episode, we’ll talk to Rev. Dr. Joseph Crockett, Associate General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, and Rev. Dr. Roy Medley, General Secretary Emeritus of the American Baptist Church, about this English Bible translation that has become the de facto standard in the years it has been in print.

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