The Justice Institute
The Justice Conference is expanding deeper and wider to holistically speak to the issue of mass incarceration and criminal justice at our Chicago Justice Institute. We believe that our society has shaped our views of criminal justice and incarceration more than the Scriptures clear commands to treat every incarcerated person with dignity (Hebrews 13:3, Matthew 25). Join us as we discuss a theologically faithful, practically empowering, and truly dignifying approach to the issue of criminal justice. Save the date and join us for this important event as we chase justice together!
Criminal Justice System
Justice Institute CHICAGO || SEPT 21-22 2018
Justice Institute CHICAGO || Speakers
The speakers for this year’s Justice Institute CHICAGO will be speaking on the Criminal Justice System.
An ordained minister, Gilliard has served in pastoral ministry in Atlanta, Chicago, and Oakland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in African American Studies and History from Georgia State University and a master’s degree in History from East Tennessee State University, with an emphasis on race, gender, and class in the United States. Dominique earned a Master of Divinity degree from North Park Seminary, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor.
Michelle holds an MDiv at Covenant Theological Seminary. She is a proud supporter of local activism groups MCU (Metropolitan Congregations United), MORE (Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment) and OBS (the Organization for Black Struggle), through which she has learned a great deal about collaboration and solidarity. She is also the director of Faith for Justice, a Christian advocacy group. She serves as an organizer for the Leadership Development Resource Weekend (LDR Weekend), an annual gathering founded to address the core concerns of dignity, identity, and significance for people of color.
Rah is formerly the founding Senior Pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church (CCFC), a multi-ethnic church living out the values of racial reconciliation and social justice in the urban context. He currently serves on the board of World Vision and Evangelicals 4 Justice. He has previously served on the board of Sojourners and the Christian Community Development Association.
He has extensive experience in cross-cultural preaching as well as on numerous college campuses. Soong-Chan has been a main stage speaker at the Urbana Student Missions Conference, the Congress on Urban Ministry, the Urban Youth Workers Institute Conference, the CCDA National Conference, the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary National Preaching Conference, the Fuller Missiology Conference, the Justice Conference, and Verge, Catalyst, and Calvin Worship Conferences.
Soong-Chan received his B.A. from Columbia University; his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; his Th.M. from Harvard University; his D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Duke University.
Soong-Chan and his wife Sue and their two children, Annah and Elijah live in Chicago.
Expecting to spend the rest of his life in prison, Jon was shown mercy and received a 6-20 year sentence. After serving 6 years, Jon was released and began attending Christian Stronghold Baptist Church in West Philadelphia. It was there that he met his wife and best friend, Danielle, while serving in youth ministry. In 2011 Jon moved to Chicago to attend Moody Bible Institute where he studied Systematic Theology. He served as a Family Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel in downtown Chicago prior to becoming the Lead Pastor of Chicago West Bible Church. Currently, Pastor Jon is earning his Masters Degree in Biblical Studies at Wheaton Grad School. He also serves with Prison Fellowship in the role of Justice Advocacy and speaks nationally for their Speakers Bureau. He loves spending time with his wife Danielle and his two sons, Benjamin and Judah.
In her nationwide talks and various writings, Heather examines Christian grace, the criminal justice system, and how the two can work together to create justice for our communities.
He has served on a number of local and national task forces with the White House and Department of Justice regarding gun violence prevention, boys and men of color and police-community relationships. He is a regular guest on MSNBC, CNN and Al-Jazeera programs providing commentary for issues related to faith and racial justice. He is married to Cherise McBride and they have two beautiful daughters, Sarai and Nylah.
In 1991 while studying at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago he visited the Little Village neighborhood and immediately felt like he had arrived at the place of his calling. Little Village is the largest Mexican immigrant neighborhood in the Midwest. To a Mexican kid lost in this great city Little Village just felt like coming home.
Following a 2year missionary experience with OM in Spain he came back to Chicago where he was immersed into the transformative community principles of CCDA while working at the Lawndale Christian Health Center. He then taught as a public school teacher for nine years, and in the summer of 2005 he was called into full time pastoral ministry leading the New Life congregation in Little Village.
New Life Community Church is a multi-site church with 22 different locations and 38 Sunday services throughout the Chicago area. The Little Village campus is a young bilingual congregation with multiple services and two sites throughout the neighborhood in English and Spanish and a growing gang prevention ministry among many other efforts. “Our focus in Little Village is to be fully immersed in loving every one of our neighbors, serving each other’s needs and demonstrating through our lives the redemptive beauty of the King.”
Paco and his wife Sylvia have been married for twenty-three years, have seven children and a crazy black labrador. They love Chicago and enjoy living in La Villita.
During the span of her career, Pinqy has captivated audiences in Chicago - playing the Taste of Chicago in 2017 - as well as Washington, Austin, Houston, Minneapolis, St. Louis, New York, San Francisco, New Orleans and even Ghana, West Africa. She has been the subject of local, national and international media features and has reached hundreds of thousands of listeners as a guest on several radio interviews.
- Breakouts 1A
- Breakouts 1B
- Breakouts 1C
- Breakouts 1D
- Breakouts 2A
- Breakouts 2B
- Breakouts 2C
- Breakouts 2D
- Breakouts 3A
- Breakouts 3B
- Breakouts 3C
- Breakouts 3D
Breakout Session Topics
- History of Mass Incarceration Part I & Part II
- Practical Application Part I & Part II
- Women in Mass Incarceration Part I & Part II
- Community Policing Part I
- Role of Faith Communities For Returning Citizens
- Sentencing & Parole: doing justice, loving mercy
- Re-entry Challenges As A Returning Citizen
- Trauma & Dehumanization of Mass Incarceration
- Breakouts 4A
- Breakouts 4B
- Breakouts 4C
- Breakouts 4D
- Breakouts 5A
- Breakouts 5B
- Breakouts 5C
- Breakouts 5D
Breakout Session Topics
- Role of Community to Prevent Gun Violence Part I & II
- Role of Community Service
- Community Policing Part II
- Education to Reduce Recidivism
An Evening of Arts & Justice
Join us for a night celebrating the Arts and Justice including spoken word and music by Sharon Irving, PINQY Ring, and Urban Doxology. All are welcome to attend. Tickets are $15.00. The faculty, staff and student rate is $8.50 (Please have your Student/Faculty ID) with you when you check-in at registration). Want to attend for free? Register to attend The JUSTICE Institute in Chicago.
North Park University, 3225 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Time & Date:
Friday, Sep 21, 2018 10:00 AM – 9:30 PM EDT (doors open at 8:30 AM)
Saturday, Sep 22, 2018 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT (doors open at 8:30 AM)
Hotel & Travel:
Chicago Hotel Versey – 644 W Diversey Pkwy Chicago, IL 60614
Boutique Chicago Hotel Versey is located just .4 miles from the brown line, which can get you to North Park University in 30-40 minutes. To be included in the “Justice Institute Room Block” call and reference this name or click this link to book your room. Rooms are limited and are on a first come, first served basis for 9/20/18 – 9/23/18. Rooms must be booked prior to 8/22/18.
Aloft Chicago O’Hare – 9700 Balmoral Avenue Rosemont, IL 60018
Aloft is located minutes away from O’Hare is located 9.4 miles (25 minute drive) North Park University. Call hotel for parking rates. To be included in the “Justice Institute Room Block” call and reference this name or click this link to book your room. Rooms are limited and are on a first come, first served basis for 9/20/18 – 9/22/18. Rooms must be booked prior to 9/6/18.
Other Chicago Hotel Options: There are very few hotels close to North Park University. We negotiated rates at a couple of hotels in two different areas, but you may find other hotels that meet your needs. You may be able to book an individual reservation at a hotel that is closer or cheaper on your own. Utilize your favorite hotel search engine to find other hotel options close to North Park University.