The Church of Gethsemane is a special Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) located in Brooklyn, NY. It is run by and for prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families, and individuals in partnership with the poor and imprisoned. Gethsemane's story is one of mutual transformation, both of ex-prisoners and of individuals from mainstream churches who have risked personal involvement with them. Walk With Me will explore how a community like Gethsemane manifests not only the mission of the Presbyterian denomination, but also the principles at the heart of all faiths that value equality and justice.
Walk With Me, like the Church itself, will call into question the place of the poor in mainstream religions in America today, and provoke discussion about criminal justice policies and the effects of those policies on poor and predominantly African American families all over the country. The camera will focus on the stories of a handful of quietly remarkable people whose lives have been transformed by their involvement with the Church of Gethsemane and its sister organization, JusticeWorks Community, a national public policy reform organization.
By connecting the values of Gethsemane with other progressive religious voices - Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist - Walk With Me will initiate a dialogue about the urgent need for embracing our common humanity as the primary moral imperative for our world.
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Walk With Me is screening in festivals throughout the U.S.
For more information, you can contact:
The Church of Gethsemane
1012 Eighth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 12115
Film Project contact
Hartley Film Foundation, Inc.
49 Richmondville Avenue, Suite 204
Westport, CT 06880
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