Our Core Partners
The Multifaith Movement to End Mass Incarceration (EMI) began with the Reverend Raphael Warnock, the Rev. Dr. Katherine Henderson and Rabbi Peter Berg sharing a vision to see faith communities collectively organize to stop the human rights catastrophe of mass incarceration. With this vision as a guide, these faith leaders brought together the historic institutions they lead (Ebenezer Baptist Church, Auburn Theological Seminary and The Temple) to catalyze a national faith-based effort to end mass imprisonment.
Ebenezer Baptist Church
The Social Justice Ministry of Ebenezer Baptist Church is committed to the call by God in Micah 6:8 and Jesus in Luke 4:16-19. The Social Justice Ministry will address local, state, national, and global injustices in a systematic way.
Ebenezer Baptist Church
Ebenezer Baptist Church, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is an urban-based, global ministry dedicated to individual growth and social transformation through living in the message and carrying out the mission of Jesus Christ.
The Temple, a Reform Jewish congregation, is located in midtown Atlanta and is one of American Judaism’s most historic religious institutions. Founded in 1867, it is the city’s oldest and most diverse synagogue. In 2009, The Temple was named by Newsweek Magazine as one of the most vibrant and dynamic Jewish congregations in the country. For over 150 years, we have committed to broadening people’s access to a full Jewish life and have built a tradition of social justice work.
Social justice remains a central aspect of life at The Temple, as it has been for many decades. The civil rights advocacy of Rabbi Jacob Rothschild (z”l) during the 1950s and 1960s led to the infamous bombing of our building in 1958. Undeterred, we have continued to work towards a more just society.
At The Temple, we are proud of our dedication to social justice. As Jews, we have the responsibility to engage in tikkun olam, repair our world. All Temple members are encouraged to become involved in the work of social justice. If you would like to become involved, please contact Rabbi Lydia Medwin.
When Auburn was founded more than 200 years ago as a Presbyterian seminary in upstate New York, no one could possibly have predicted that it would continue to thrive as the beating heart of the multifaith movement for justice.
Auburn Seminary is on of the oldest religious institutions in the US. But that doesn’t mean we’re old school. Auburn is meeting the urgent needs for leader-centered experiential education, innovative and groundbreaking research, impactful digital initiatives, and multifaith just movement building.
Auburn equips leaders with the organizational skills and spiritual resilience required to create lasting, positive impact in local communities, on the national stage, and around the world.
We amplify voices and visions of faith and moral courage. We convene diverse leaders and cross-sector organizations for generative collaboration and multifaith understanding. And we research what’s working — and not — in theological education and social change-making.
Odyssey Impact® co-produces and curates powerful documentaries and intentionally pairs them with community-based organizations and facilitate conversations to unpack important social issues. Impact Campaign audiences are secular and faith-based, academic and corporate. Our impact campaigns center around insightful films and stories that increase knowledge, spark passion, and activate audiences to engage for real and pivotal change.
Odyssey Distribution® is a distributor of documentary and factual TV content, specializing in inspirational, social justice and spiritual genres. We distribute both long and short-form content to all television and video platforms throughout the world.
One critical element to the success of the Initiative has been our ability to draw in a range of faith-rooted and nonprofit partners. Their engagement has ranged from participating on the National Strategy Team and Conference Planning Committee to providing workshop leadership and financial support for the Conference.
Current partners include: American Baptist Home Mission Societies, American Civil Liberties Union, Columbia Theological Seminary, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Georgia, Criminal Justice Initiative Fund, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, Georgia Justice Project, Georgia Power, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Atlanta, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, National Council of Churches, National Incarceration Association, National Religious Campaign Against Torture, New Georgia Project, Odyssey Impact, Progressive Women Candidates Forum, Public Square Media, Reform Georgia, Southern Center for Human Rights, Southern Education Foundation and The New Teacher Project.
The Multifaith Initiative to End Mass Incarceration embodies bridge-building across philosophical, political and theological divides. EMI seeks to position the faith community as a partner in existing efforts to strengthen voices, serve as a catalyst for the breakdown of polarizing influences in our country and build new avenues for engagement.