Bible Study: Just Mercy

Join us for Just Mercy, a Book, Bible, and Movie Study examining questions of justice, based on the book by Bryan Stephenson. The study is led by Michael Wooten and Rev. Lynn.

Overview: Participants should read the paperback book Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. You are encouraged to watch the movie if possible. Rev. Lynn and Michael Wooten will lead interactive, inductive discussions.

Background: A year ago, during one of our Lenten Programs, the Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN) spoke at Pohick about restorative justice. The mother of a wrongly accused teen gave a powerful testimony, and a CMN advocate spoke eloquently about Biblical justice and the death penalty. (You may be aware that the Commonwealth of Virginia recently voted to prohibit capital punishment.)   

Scope of Study: Participants will read Just Mercy, a riveting story of justice and redemption described as “every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird.” In Just Mercy, Stevenson tells the true story of one of his first cases in a legal practice dedicated to defending the poor and wrongly condemned in our criminal justice system. It focuses the case of Walter McMillian, a man sentenced to die for a murder he did not commit. The experience transformed Stevenson’s understanding of mercy and justice. Most people are conflicted in matters of justice like the death penalty, which is to be expected. Wherever we stand on these issues, this story has the power to challenge and stretch us.   

Who’s Invited: Anyone interested in exploring Biblical justice and mercy, including retribution, reconciliation, and restoration. All adults as well as teens (with approval and oversight of parents) are welcome and encouraged to participate in this timely, meaningful Forum, perfect for Lenten reflection. After all, on Good Friday our Lord Jesus was executed.

Biblical Passages we will explore in the context of this story include:

Romans 5:1-11 and Hebrews 6:19-20

John 8:1-10

Ephesians 4:1-16

Matthew 18:21-35 and Deuteronomy 30

Luke 15:11-32 and Luke 23:32-34 

Next steps: Email the church office to be added to the class roster, carmel.hodge@pohick.org, or call 703-339-6572. You will be sent a link to the Sunday Zoom meeting. For more information, contact Rev. Lynn at lronaldi@pohick.org or Michael Wooten at majwooten@hotmail.com.