Concordia St. Paul News

September 21, 2015

Concordia Hosts Prison Ministry Presentation Oct. 7

A trio of guest speakers will give insights on restorative justice and the reformation of the criminal justice system in the United States as Concordia University, St. Paul hosts Transforming Criminal Justice from the Inside Out, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Buetow Music Center Auditorium.

Part of Concordia’s Social Issues Series, each speaker will present for 15 minutes on their area of expertise followed by a community Q & A session. This special event will feature presentations from Jim Liske (President/CEO, Prison Fellowship Ministries), Ron Solheid (Deputy Commissioner, MN Department of Correction) and Jesse Wiese, J.D. (Director Prison Fellowship Ex-Offender Network).

This event is free and open to the public. A live video stream of this event can be viewed here.

Speaker Presentations:

Jim Liske, President/CEO, Prison Fellowship Ministries
The Church’s Call to Justice with Skin On
Framing the broadly recognized problems of crime and incarceration (cost, overcrowding, broken communities), and the opportunities for transformation that these problems offer to the Church and university.

Ron Solheid, Deputy Commissioner, MN Department of Correction
Transforming Prisons from the Top Down
Transforming prison culture and prisoners from the inside out – how that is happening in Minnesota.

Jesse Wiese, J.D., Director Prison Fellowship Ex-Offender Network
Ending Incarceration at the Prison Door
Transforming the reentry process – ending incarceration at the prison door (introducing the Second Prison Project).