The Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives proudly announces our newest initiative: a workshop entitled In The Depths: Prison Chaplaincy and Incarceration in America. For several years, students at RRC have been expressing interest in issues related to incarceration in our country. We are blessed to have in our city a unique resource, Phyllis B. Taylor, R.N, a Jewish woman who has served for over 15 years as a Correctional Chaplain in the Philadelphia Prison System. Phyllis has worked with inmates, families, and staff of all faiths. She brings to that work decades of experience as a nurse and a nationally known expert in the field of hospice, grief and bereavement. In addition, Phyllis and has been an activist for social justice since 1961.
Phyllis will share her wealth of experience with prison work from two perspectives: pastoral care/chaplaincy (Jewish and interfaith) and social justice advocacy. She will address issues of incarceration in light of race, gender, class, and family systems. Guest speakers will include a corrections officer, a former inmate, a crime victim, and an advocate for systemic change.
The workshop will take place at RRC on Wednesday and Thursday, January 29th and 30th from 9-4. We welcome auditors from the community, especially rabbis and other members of the clergy.