First Church is proud to be a Community Contributor to this important virtual forum. Guest speaker, the Rev. Robert E. Buckner II, will be presenting the principles behind Dr. King’s nonviolence social change movement and vision of a beloved community. Dr. King’s great sacrifice and contributions were the driving force for establishing the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 18
join us as we explore these principles
and their relevance today.
An inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.
For its first Book Discussion of the year, First Church Library has chosen JUST MERCY, A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.
Join us at 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoon, November 17, for a spirited discussion led by Lola Hotchkis. Gather in our refurbished Library in Room 101 on the Lower Level.
From Google Books: JUST MERCY is “a powerful, bold true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix America’s broken system of justice — from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
The US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. The prison population has increased from 300,000 in the early 1970s to more than two million now. One in every 15 people is expected to go to prison. For black men, the most incarcerated group in America, this figure rises to one out of every three.
Bryan Stevenson grew up a member of a poor black community in the racially segregated South. He was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of the US’s criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young black man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, startling racial inequality, and legal brinksmanship — and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.
JUST MERCY is . . . an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted lawyer’s coming of age, a moving portrait of the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice.