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JUSTUS: STORIES FROM THE FRONTLINES OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
October 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Reverend Pedro Silva, from First Congregational Church UCC – Boulder, will be reading aloud Brandon Wainright’s autobiographical story of systemic oppression. One man’s story of navigating life when surviving and thriving are at war with each other. A reflection on racism, poverty, and carceral systems which ignore humanity. The reading will be followed by both personal and theological reflections on the importance of sacred hospitality, and the impact of stepping into the shoes of a person who was formerly incarcerated.
This performance is part of Motus Theater’s Welcoming the Stranger series on Shoebox Stories – a collaboration with religious leaders who express moral courage and sacred hospitality as they read aloud the story of an undocumented person and reflect both personally and theologically on the impact of stepping into their shoes.
“I HOPE THAT PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE AND FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS COME BECAUSE I THINK THAT IT’S IMPORTANT THAT WE LISTEN TO EACH OTHER’S STORIES AND WRESTLE WITH THEM BEFORE PASSING ANY JUDGMENTS… WE TEND TO HAVE VERY LITTLE CAPACITY FOR THIS CROSS-CULTURALLY. THE ONLY WAY TO MOVE THROUGH THAT IS TO INTENTIONALLY PUT OURSELVES IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES TO LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER.”
– REVEREND PEDRO SILVA
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