In 2019, The JUSTICE Conference is excited to continue our deep dive into important sectors of justice with another series of JUSTICE Institute events. We are convinced that pursuing justice requires us to join our passion with practical, immersive education. In our D.C. JUSTICE Institute event we will be discussing advocacy around various complex topics that holistically address our Criminal Justice Systems. Over 2 days, we will create an intensive learning experience to motivate us to effectively address this sector of justice in solidarity.

On Day 1, we will hear from experts including those formerly incarcerated and those who are most affected by our broken Criminal Justice System, teaching us what we should know and how we can advocate. On Day 2, we will put that training into action by meeting with representatives on Capitol Hill to urge them to take substantive action. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to put your passion for justice into action with like-minded believers!

Check Out What Past Participants Had to Say!

What an eye opening experience. It was great to participate in democracy and feel like I was doing more than just sitting back

The JUSTICE Institute in DC demystified the process of advocacy. I was amazed that we can go to go through security, and go directly to our Congress members' offices It made me feel that indeed this government is our government, the peoples' government. Staffers were genuinely interested in meeting with us and hearing from us. A couple of times we were actually able to talk directly with the member of Congress.

I found it very empowering and helpful. Having never met with members/staffers of Congress before, I feel much more likely to advocate and use my voice in the future.

It was a very encouraging and empowering experience. We met with staffers in each of the offices we visited. They appeared interested in our concerns, spoke to the issues we were addressing and even offered suggestions for what we could do back home in terms of effecting change.

It's incredible how easy it is while at the same time wondering if your message makes a difference.

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The JUSTICE Institute | DC June 5-6

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The speakers for this year’s JUSTICE Institute DC will be speaking on the topics of criminal justice and advocacy. More dynamic speakers and experts in the American criminal justice system for The JUSTICE Institute in DC will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Dominique Dubois Gilliard

Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Love Mercy Do Justice (LMDJ) initiative of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores. He also serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association and Evangelicals for Justice. In 2015, he was selected as one of the ECC’s “40 Under 40” leaders to watch, and Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.”
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 Clifton-Soderstrom

Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom is Professor of Theology & Ethics at North Park Theological Seminary and ordained to word and sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She is author of Angels, Worms, and Bogeys: The Christian Ethic of Pietism and co-author of Incorporating Children in Worship: Mark of the Kingdom. Michelle is a passionate advocate for people and groups who are marginalized in society and in the church. Her interests include virtue ethics, children, women’s participation, and education for persons who are incarcerated. Michelle initiated North Park’s theological education program in prison and now directs the Masters in Christian Ministry degree with a Restorative Arts track at Stateville Correctional Center.

Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author. Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living ``as if Jesus meant the things he said.`` Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence.

Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns (2019, forthcoming). He has been featured in a number of films including ``Another World Is Possible`` and ``Ordinary Radicals.`` His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, nationally and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame.

The Advocacy Experience on Capitol Hill

Using the equipping you have received, you will be able to exercise your newly acquired advocacy knowledge in person by being guided through the halls of Capitol Hill and matched with legislators in your area for an opportunity to make congressional asks for criminal justice reform.


Your guide for when you arrive in DC

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
General Session 1
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Breakouts A
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Breakouts B
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
General Session 2
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Capitol Hill Visit Experience* Use the equipping you received during Hill Training to exercise your newly acquired advocacy knowledge in person. Each participant will be guided through the halls of Capitol Hill and matched with legislators in his or her area for an opportunity to practice making congressional asks.

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