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Fiction, Facts & Faith: A Call to Action Concerning the Legalization/Decriminalization of Marijuana

November 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

 

Co-Hosted by NBTS’ Center for Critical Exploration of Social Justice
&
Salvation and Social Justice

Admission is free, but please RSVP by clicking here!

Dr. Janice McLean-Farrell, Dirk Romeyn Assistant Professor of Metro-Urban Ministry at NBTS, invites faith leaders, community leaders, seminarians, college students, and interested members of the community to “Join us as we untangle myths, discuss serious concerns, and work together to find constructive ways people of faith can organize and advocate for restorative justice solutions.”

“There is a lot of misinformation particularly amongst people of faith regarding marijuana laws,” explains Rosalee Boyer, Salvation and Social Justice’s Public Education Director.  “It is imperative that people understand the moral, racial, and social justice implications around prohibition.”

Panelists for the Opening Plenary, “Fiction & Facts: Legalization of Decriminalization,” include Rev. Sammy Arroyo and Rev. Dr. Charles Franklin Boyer, Salvation and Social Justice; Maura Collinsgur, NJ Citizen Action; Dr. Janice McLean-Farrell and Rev. Micah L. McCreary, Ph.D., New Brunswick Theological Seminary; and, Roseanne Scotti, Drug Policy Alliance. Rev. Robin Tanner, Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit will be the moderator. 

The program features three work groups that will explore The Danger of Youth Addiction; The Questionable Implications of Big Marijuana; and The Hope of Restorative & Retributive Justice.   

“Cannabis prohibition was devised to control communities of color and it has worked as intended, “says Rev. Charles Boyer, director of Salvation and Social Justice and pastor of Bethel AME Church in Woodbury, NJ. “We must end the drug war, which is a war on people.”

 

The schedule for the event:
6:00 p.m. Lite Supper
6:30 p.m. Opening Plenary – Fiction & Facts: Legalization or Decriminalization
 
Panelists:
Rev. Sammy Arroyo and Rev. Dr. Charles Franklin Boyer, Salvation and Social Justice;
Maura Collinsgur, NJ Citizen Action;
Dr. Janice McLean-Farrell and Rev. Micah L. McCreary, Ph.D., New Brunswick Theological Seminary;
Roseanne Scotti, Drug Policy Alliance
 
Moderator:
Rev. Robin Tanner, Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit
 
7:30 p.m. Concurrent Work Groups
The Danger of Youth Addiction
Facilitators:
Maura Collinsgur, NJ Citizen Action, and
Rev. Micah L. McCreary, Ph.D., NBTS
 
The Questionable Implications of Big Marijuana
Facilitator:
Roseanne Scotti, Drug Policy Alliance
 
The Hope of Restorative & Retributive Justice
Facilitators:
Rev. Dr. Charles Franklin Boyer, Salvation and Social Justice, and
Dr. Janice McLean-Farrell, NBTS
 
8:40 p.m. Closing Plenary – Faith in Action: Where Do We Go From Here?
 
9:00 p.m. Closing Prayer – Rev. Dr. Carol Lynn Patterson, NBTS and Setting the Captives Free Ministries

Details

Date:
November 20, 2018
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Website:
https://sandsj.org/nbts-event-registration-page

Venue

NJ Campus
35 SEMINARY PLACE
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ 08901 United States
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