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To the gracious God who creates us to be in relation, even when we fail and when others fall:

All People: Recreate us gracious God, so that we can again be related to you and to each other.

Leader: To the forgiving God who redeems our fallen lives, the fallen lives of others, and the life of a fallen world:

All People: Redeem us forgiving God, as we commit ourselves to overcoming policies that confine others to solitary isolation.

Leader: To the empowering God who calls us to be agents of change and restoration:

All People: Empower us to change your fallen world so that isolation becomes solidarity, and out of mistreatment and abuse will come restorative compassion and redeeming justice. Amen.

This prayer was written for the Faith Summit for Criminal Justice Reform, a project of the Community Renewal Society, by the Reverend Dr. Larry Greenfield, Executive Minister, American Baptist Churches of Metro Chicago.