God values the lives of Canadian inmates

Last Wednesday, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit declared outbreaks of COVID-19 at both the Thunder Bay District Jail and the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre. Many of our families have loved ones who are connected to these two institutions as either inmates or staff. Alongside this announcement came backlash from Conservatives to Canada’s vaccine roll-out plan, especially to the planned vaccination of 600 inmates as quickly as possible.

Decarcerate Christ

The Passion story is many things: it’s violent, it’s heartbreaking, it’s human and messy, it’s significant, but it’s not pretty. And, it can be hard to hold our face up to those things in our world that are ugly. Things we’d rather not see. I don’t know about you, but I wish this chapter in the Easter story went differently. And, that’s something I struggle with every year. Both because Jesus’ condemnation, torture and execution happened – a series of an unjust and violent acts – and because of the theologies I’ve come across where people have tried to explain away any discomfort we might have on Good Friday.