“The Gospel for the Least of These” Series

In this series we look at “The Gospel for the least of these” with presentations on human trafficking, homeless youth in Boston, and prison ministry.

Slaves in Our Midst: Human Trafficking & the Body of Christ
January 25, 2011

Miss Arwyn Jackson

We are very pleased to have as our first speaker Miss Arwyn Jackson whose talk is titled “Slaves in Our Midst: Human Trafficking & The Body of Christ.”

Apart from being a friend of the Advent, Miss Jackson is a tireless advocate for recovering the dignity of victims of human trafficking as well as ending its practice.

She states that today “more human beings are enslaved than during the entire transatlantic slave trade – around 27 million people total. As a black market industry, human trafficking generates billions in profits annually, surpassed only by the illegal sale of drugs and Boston is one of the top trafficking cities in the US.”

Do these facts scare you?  Shock you?  Anger you?  Inspire you?  Governments, Non-Governmental Organizations, and Non-Profits across throughout the world are grappling with the immensity and complexity of this problem. Come hear about this expanding group of “the least of these” and learn about differing faith responses on how to deal with the issue and care for those involved.

For their sake He became poor: Christ among Boston’s homeless youth
February 8, 2011

Tim and Alice are Boston’s leaders of InnerCHANGE, a Christian order composed of communities of missionaries living and ministering incarnationally among the poor, and who seek to follow the Lord’s injunction to “do justice, love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God” (Micah 6:8).

The Colegroves are bringing Christ’s love to Boston’s homeless youth, whom they serve as advocates, counselors, pastors and friends.  Drawing on the implications of our last Theology on Tap series on the Incarnation, Tim and Alice will talk about how the self-emptying of Christ in the Incarnation and Suffering should be the true and vital impetus for ministry among our children, teenagers, and young men and women who live in our own streets.

When in prison you visited me
Feburary 15, 2011

Sister Christine of the Society of St. Margaret

Our speaker is in Boston, a Religious Order of women in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts called to glorify God and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our worship and work, prayer and common life.

Sr. Christine is Chaplain at the Suffolk County House of Correction, a position she shares with the Roman Catholic Chaplain, wherein she has been ministering daily to prisoners and members of the corrections facility staff for over 15 years.  Her talk is titled When in prison you visited me from Matthew Matt 25: 36, 40: “I was in prison and you came to visit me…Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

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