Registration Thanks to our generous sponsors at the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, the Episcopal Bishop of Oregon Foundation, and the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon, the convocation is subsidized to allow more people to participate. The $10 registration fee goes toward costs of meals and refreshments, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Additional donations are welcomed.
Because we are encouraging participation in the Convocation from across Oregon, we are making a limited number of travel stipends available to those who qualify. If you wish to apply for a travel stipend, please complete the application available here and submit it as soon as possible, by email or mail to EMO, 0245 SW Bancroft St., Suite B, Portland, OR 97239.
About the Convocation Presented by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the Hearing the Cries for Justice Convocation will equip and motivate faith communities to offer hospitality to all impacted by the criminal justice system, including survivors of crime and violence, families of the incarcerated, persons returning from prison, and those inside.
Not everyone has been to prison. Not everyone even knows someone who's been to prison. But a lot more of us do know and love people who have been to prison than we might think. And it's a good bet that your faith community might already have members with criminal records or who have loved ones who are incarcerated - even if they might not feel comfortable sharing that fact. This new convocation will equip communities to journey alongside people with criminal histories, starting by feeling able to talk about it.
will provide training for ministry and action on topics such as: women in prison and children of the incarcerated; restorative justice approaches; human trafficking and survivor voices; immigrant rights in the justice system; mass incarceration and racial injustice; reentry challenges for sex offenders; innovative ministries inside prisons and after prison; and intersections of violence and justice.
Cosponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, the Episcopal Bishop of Oregon Foundation, and the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Oregon.
Who Should Attend the Welcome Home Conference?
People of faith and goodwill interested in learning more about the criminal justice system and ways they can get involved in service and advocacy.
Faith leaders looking to expand their capacity to serve persons with loved ones in prison, or with criminal records.
Persons with lived experience of the legal system.
People with loved ones in prison or jail.
People who want to volunteer in prison ministries or as prison reentry mentors .
Individuals are welcome to attend. We especially invite teams of five or more members from a single congregation to attend as a group. If a team of members attend the conference, their congregation can be designated as a member of EMO’s new Welcome Home Network (see below for more information), which provides official recognition of the congregation’s commitment to be a welcoming place for persons returning from prison or jail, and for family members with loved ones in prison or jail.
Welcome Home Network
Members of the Welcome Home Network commit to try to be “communities of support & accountability,” in whatever ways your congregation can do so. EMO staff will provide encouragement and resources to support Welcome Home Network members throughout the year, as a follow up to the convocation. Each community will express that commitment in their own ways, through a combination of advocacy work, educational opportunities, and service ministries, as well as participation in the Welcome Home Convocation to equip them in their work. If you or your congregation is interested in learning more, please visit our website at CoSAOregon.org or email email@example.com.