Grant application guidelines

Updated Reconciliation Ministries grant guidelines and policies have been posted on the Resources page.

General Reconciliation Grant awards are intended to catalyze new and/or existing projects that target anti-racism/anti-bigotry initiatives toward promoting reconciliation and recognition of human dignity through racial justice incentives. Award amounts can range from $2,000 to $10,000. Applications are due in January.

Webinar: Justice System, Mental Health and the Church

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NBA Webinar: Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear:

Mental Health, the Criminal Justice System, and the Church

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

1:00 p.m. CST / 2:00 p.m. EST

Live webinar via Fuze – register here!

With the recent rise in mass shootings and debates over gun laws, many of us have been thinking differently about mental health and the criminal justice system. This webinar will explore the complex and longstanding relationship between mental health and the criminal justice system, describe justice issues relating to this relationship, and set the ground work for the church to think differently about our response to, and relationship with, the prison population.

This webinar is the first in a mini-series of joint webinars offered by the NBA Prison & Jail Ministries and NBA Mental Health & Congregational Care Affinity Groups.

Webinar Presenters:

  • Angela Whitenhill, M.Div., LCSW: Psychotherapist, Chaplain, and Convener of the NBA Mental Health Affinity Group
  • Dean Bucalos: Pastor of New Life in Christ Christian Church, Program Coordinator of Mission Behind Bars and Beyond, and Mission Specialist for the NBA Prison & Jail Ministries Affinity Group


Learn more about this webinar and register today!

Webinar: Juvenile Justice and Restorative Justice

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central Standard Time (2:00 PM m- 3:00 PM Eastern)

NBA Prison and Jail Ministries Affinity Group and Reconciliation Ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) are proud to offer a series of webinars focused on congregational and general church involvement in prison and jail issues.

The “school-to-prison pipeline” is an emerging phenomenon in our country. One of the major feeders of mass incarceration is the juvenile justice system. Schools often rely upon the police for discipline, resulting in a rise in referrals to the juvenile justice system.

Structural racism in police, schools, and the juvenile justice systems has led to the disproportionate number of brown and black youth in juvenile detention facilities. In this webinar, learn more about the school-to-prison pipeline and ways you and your faith community can become part of emerging solutions, including those that employ the principles of restorative justice.

Webinar: Juvenile Justice and Restorative Justice


Webinar Presenters

  • Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker: Pastor and Planter, Liberation Christian Church; Chaplain and Program Development Manager, Episcopal City Mission
  • Rev. Dean Bucalos: Mission Specialist, NBA Prison and Jail Ministries; Program Coordinator, Mission Behind Bars and Beyond; Pastor, New Life in Christ Christian Church
  • Moderated by Rev. April Johnson, Executive Director, Reconciliation Ministry

Related Resources

You may find these materials to be helpful preparation for this webinar:

Special Offering 2015: Be Reconciled; Move, Heal, Bound Together

2015RMOfferingLogoThe 2015 Reconciliation Offering will be received in congregations on September 27th and October 4th.

The Special Offering is used to fund our Church’s mission imperative to become an pro-reconciling and anti-racist church utilizing the tools experiential education (training), inclusive worship and intentional dialogue. Our efforts to promote healing, relationship and restoration in the whole family of God are enlivened by funds from this offering providing for programs of leadership development ,curriculum for dialogue and learning, and partnerships within the Church and our communities. The year 2015 has catapulted the conversation about human brokenness evidenced in the sin of racism and perpetuated in our institutional structures and systems. Your generous giving to Reconciliation Ministry is transforming lives and strengthening Christ’s witness in the world that we love one another, even as Christ continues to love us!

More about the 2015 Reconciliation Ministry Offering

We Need Prayer. . . We Need The Church

“We need prayer George. Tell your viewers to pray for the families of victims and for our nation. Our nation and world need prayer, George.” These are the words spoken by a community leader this morning during a live interview on Good Morning
America news television broadcast.

When tragedy visits our communities, it is our natural inclination to seek refuge in the church. On last evening, June 17th, 2015 an historic church of the community was targeted in a suspected hate crime and tragic loss of life. One day later, though shaken, the Church continues to serve as the place of refuge. Our faith does not have its foundation in brick and mortar, but in the Church universal – the beloved community and family of God. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in our embodiment of “unity as our polar star” stands in solidarity with the families and the community of Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Their unconscionable loss and their palpable grief can be felt throughout the entire world and body of believers.

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