President of the New York State Protestant Chaplain's Association and Protestant Chaplain at Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York Rev. Lewis is a leader in the Forgiveness and Reconciliation Project which has worked with perpetrators, victims, families and communities in Rwanda, Ghana and Haiti. With decades of experience in pastoral care and counseling in hospitals, congregations and prisons, he has taught pastoral care and counseling in seminary and is a certified CPE supervisor. In his current ministry he trains prison chaplains and has created an innovative hospice program for inmates, training and commissioning felons to serve as compassionate caregivers. Rev. Lewis has served as a pastor in Baptist, Presbyterian, and United Church of Christ congregations, and spearheaded a non-profit housing and aftercare ministry for formerly incarcerated people and their families in 2006. That year Rev. Lewis received the Governor's Tribute to African American Leaders of Excellence in State Service, becoming only the second chaplain to receive this award since its inception in 1994.
During this presentation we want to create dialogue about popular views of criminality, the ways in which participants are informed about black criminality and how it impacts families, particularly of color emotionally and economically.
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