Upcoming Events

Community Conversation on Corrections

Where: Trinity Cathedral 113 N 18th St Omaha, NE 68102
When: Sunday, September 12 at 3:00 PM and on Facebook Live on Trinity Cathedral’s Facebook page

Come join Nebraska’s Inspector General of Corrections, Doug Koebernick, and the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska’s Balancing the Scales of Justice for a conversation about Nebraska’s correctional system. Following Doug’s presentation, participants will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of nonprofits, service organizations, and ministries including DioNeb’s own Rebecca Smith that serve returning citizens and currently incarcerated Nebraskans.

Sacred Rights: A Public Witness Event in Support of Voting Rights Restoration for Returning Citizens

Where: Cornhusker Conference Center, Lincoln, and Nebraska State Capitol, 333 South 13th St
Lincoln, NE 68508
When: Saturday, October 23, 1:00-2:00 PM

Currently, returning citizens in Nebraska are banned from voting for two years following the completion of the terms of their prison sentence. Join fellow Episcopalians and people of goodwill in standing up for policy change to end this discriminatory policy. The event is offered as part of the activities for Annual Council; however, the event is open to all, whether or not they attend Council.

The Sun Does Shine: A Book Study 

Where: Trinity Cathedral 113 N 18th St Omaha, NE 68102
When: Sunday, November 14 from 2:30-6:30 PM

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row is a memoir by Anthony Ray Hinton. Hinton was wrongfully convicted and spent thirty years on Alabama’s death row before securing his release with the assistance of civil rights attorney and author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson. Together we will explore themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the power of hope. 
Copies of The Sun Does Shine, Balancing the Scales’ book study selection, will be available for purchase at the Cathedral bookshop beginning at 2 PM on September 13. Cash or check only.

Previous events

This Easter season, join Balancing the Scales in viewing Prison Story Project’s On the Row and participating in a series of Zoom-based discussions on themes of redemption, forgiveness, and new life through the eyes of inmates on Arkansas’ death row. 

The Prison Story Project empowers incarcerated women and men to tell their stories. In 2016 they were given unprecedented access to men on Arkansas’ death row just months before the scheduled executions of eight men. Their writing was curated into a staged reading, performed by actors.

There are two opportunities to watch this powerful recording and discuss in small groups with fellow Nebraskans: 

Sunday, April 18 at 3:30 PM or Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 PM. 

Each viewing/discussion will last 90 minutes. 

On Sunday, April 25 from 3:30-4:30 PM, all participants (regardless of which screening they attend) are invited to join Kathy McGregor, founder and director of Prison Story Project, and other voices in death row ministries in Nebraska and across the country, for a more in-depth look at capital punishment and what it means to visit those in prison.

To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/3qu5aog

Participants will be sent a Zoom link prior to the event.

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