A conversation with two leaders in the Saint Paul Black Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
June 24, 2021, at 6:00 pm (watch the video below) With Rev. Stacey L. Smith and Rev. Melvin Miller
Our community spent this year in a state of emergency. As we talk with you, our members, we are heartened by your drive to be part of the solution — to poverty in our community, to dismantling structural racism, and to recovery from COVID. How can our faith communities take meaningful action to build our neighbors’ stability and economic mobility and to weave an authentic web of connection consistent with our values and faith?
Interfaith Action’s Annual Assembly brought our membership important thought leaders on the most pressing questions of the day. Two leaders in the Saint Paul Black Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance shared their perspectives on what we need to do to build a better Saint Paul for all people: Reverend Stacey L. Smith of St. James AME Church and Presiding Elder of the St. Paul Minneapolis District of the Chicago Annual Conference and Canadian Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, and Reverend Dr. Melvin G. Miller of Progressive Baptist Church.
2020 Annual Assembly: Dignity, Education and Economic Mobility for Minnesotans Behind Bars: An opportunity for faith community engagement
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, we moved our Annual Assembly online. A panel of experts discussed why college in prison is so important and how it can help break the cycle of poverty. They addressed issues of mass incarceration, educational access, and criminal justice reform from a faith perspective.
The discussion was presented in partnership with Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall at Yale University. Watch the discussion below.
James Jeter, alum of the Wesleyan Center for Prison Education at Cheshire Correctional Institution, where he was incarcerated for nearly 20 years
Daniel Karpowitz, Assistant Commissioner for Policy at the Minnesota Department of Corrections and interagency lead and special advisor to Governor Tim Walz on criminal justice
Zelda Roland, founding director of the Yale Prison Education Initiative at Dwight Hall