The Worship & Arts Council welcomes Reverend Kaia Stern to the pulpit. The sermon will weave in the Biblical voices of Hagar and Jeremiah to shed light on the topics of faith and trembling. It will consider mass incarceration not only as a human right crisis but also a theological one. The continuum of racialized violence, from plantations to prisons, as well as the scriptural roots of social justice will be explored.
About our guest minister
Reverend Kaia Stern is an educator, speaker, and consultant with 23 years of experience working across multiple domains. Drawing on a background in ethics and community building, her work focuses on transformative justice. In 2008, Kaia cofounded the Prison Studies Project at Harvard University. Her recent book, Voices from American Prisons: Faith, Education and Healing (Routledge, 2014), and her longstanding professional work have helped transform both culture and policy around justice and education, from Sing Sing to The White House. Ordained as an interfaith minister, Kaia holds a master’s of theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a doctorate in religion from Emory University. She is currently the Executive Director of Concord Prison Outreach and Visiting Faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.