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Mercy and Justice in the Criminal Justice System - Spring Semester, Spring 2014

Brita L Gill-Austern

To be compassionate within the criminal justice system requires knowing the particular needs of people impacted by the criminal justice system including: those incarcerated, families and relatives of prisoners, those on parole,  undocumented immigrants and those who work with this population in numerous ways.  This year-long BCI class will allow students to have multiple experiences within the criminal justice system while learning about the complex interlocking realities that create suffering and the forces that can alleviate suffering.  Students will be invited to immerse themselves in various parts of the criminal justice system and to discover the possibilities for ministries of compassion and justice.  To grow in knowledge of the criminal justice system, the laws, processes and procedures that affect those in it and those impacted by it is to grow in our capacity for care and justice-making.  Learning the art of compassion within the criminal justice system requires the crossing of many borders and flexibility and patience in facing walls that divide.  Justice-making requires learning the laws and policies that contribute to de-humanization and involving oneself in the organizations and movements that are the voice of advocacy and change.

Spring - monthly campus meetings Thursdays, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on the following dates: 9/26, 10/10, 11/7, 12/5, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, 5/1

Key to Course Listings

Key Description
EL "EL" following a course description indicates an E-Learning course.
F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
S "S" following a course number indicates a course offered during Spring semester.
W "W" following a course number indicates a course offered during Winter Session in January.
J "J" following a course number indicates a course offered during June.
"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site,, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.

Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.


Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.