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Teaching Theology to Women in Prison


What does theology look like for women in prison? 

In a qualitative research project with two other scholars, Rachelle Green, Ph.D., assistant professor of practical theology and education at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, searched for the answer to that question by educating and interviewing inmates at a Georgia prison. Green directed the teaching program from 2017 to 2019 and taught inmates for seven years. Her research team interviewed about 60 women from different faiths, including Christians, Muslims, Jews, and atheists. Through this experience, they learned how these students embraced and engaged in education in prison and how they understand God and their relationship to the world, said Green. 

“Our goal was to focus and be intricately and intimately paying attention to human life so that we can present these stories as true for these women, in hopes that we might learn something about truth beyond them,” Green said.


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