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Piedmont church holds criminal justice Bible study

HIGH POINT, N.C. -- It’s not your conventional Bible study.

“We wanted a Bible study that the congregation and the community could be a part of,” said Rev. Angela Roberson, pastor of Congregational United Church of Christ.

Every Tuesday through Nov. 1, Congregational United Church of Christ will hold The High Point Community Bible Study on Criminal Justice Transformation.

“We want to have a dialogue to look theologically and Biblically at criminal justice,” Roberson said.

Each week features a different community leader with an expertise in the field.

Roberson says the goal is to help people read the Bible differently, or as she also stated, critically.

Roberson believes taking a different look at the last week Jesus was on earth provides a message for what’s happening in the world today.

“He was beaten. He was the subject of police brutality, and he was executed by the state, so the one that Christians follow endured the criminal justice system of his day,” she said.

“If Jesus was innocent and he endured that, might there not be some other innocent folk in our own context who are enduring something similar to the Lord?” she asked rhetorically.

The congregation includes both black and white members.

Roberson says race is an important part of the dialogue, but she also says respect for the human race is really the focus.

“No one is saying that the police shouldn’t do their jobs and no one is saying that there shouldn’t be a court system, but what we are asking is for it to be more just and for it to provide some more mercy,” she said.

The High Point Community Bible Study on Criminal Justice Transformation is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday until Nov. 1.

Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 401 Gordon St. in High Point.