George Walters-Sleyon is an International Speaker, Author, Preacher, Singer/Songwriter and Founder of The Center for Church and Prison, Inc.-A resource and research center working towards community revitalization throughprison reformand strategic solution development and intervention in the high rates of incarceration andrecidivism in the United States criminal justice system.George has spoken in United States, United Kingdom/Scotland and Africa. George is passionate about music, academic and social justice. George’ singing repertoire includes: African American Spirit
George Walters-Sleyon is an International Speaker, Author, Preacher, Singer/Songwriter and Founder of The Center for Church and Prison, Inc.-A resource and research center working towards community revitalization throughprison reformand strategic solution development and intervention in the high rates of incarceration andrecidivism in the United States criminal justice system.George has spoken in United States, United Kingdom/Scotland and Africa.
George is passionate about music, academic and social justice. George’ singing repertoire includes: African American Spirituals, Contemporary gospel, Rhythm and Blues, and Social justice. He is a worship leaders with research work on “Holistic Worship and Congregation Revitalization.”
George is a recording artist with two gospel albums: Who is He and Hold On You Will Survive. One of the songs from his latest albums: God’s Been Good to Me was nominated Gospel Single of the Year in 2004. He is presently working on a single.
Academically, George is a PhD candidate at New College University of Edinburgh in Scotland/UK but lives in Boston with his wife and two kids. His research interests include mass incarceration, criminal justice reform, punishment, death in prison, poverty and the penalization of the poor. George is the founder of The Center for Church and Prison, Inc.-A resource and research center working towards community revitalization through criminal justice reform and strategic intervention in the high rates of recidivism.
Ph.D. (ABD) Student: Univ.of Edinburgh/Scotland/UK.
Research Focus: Theology and Law
Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Boston University/MA/US.: Social Ethics and Divinity
Master in Sacred Theology: Philolosophy, Theology and Social Ethics: Boston University
B.A. Central University College/Ghana: Theology and Administration
Past Speaking Engagements:
Speaker: The Center for Church and Prison 2015 Conference on Ending Mass Incarceration and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: September 2015
Speaker: Centre for Education and Racial Equality-University of Edinburgh 2015 International Conference: June 2015, Scotland
Speaker: Scottish Prison Service 2015 Conference on: From Vision to Reality-Transforming Scotland's Care for Women in Custody International Conference, May 2015, Scotland
Speaker: 2013 Reform Conference of Drug Policy Alliance: Denver/Colorado
Speaker/Panelist: National Urban League 2011 Conference in Boston: Saving Our Sons: Surviving and Thriving of African-American Males-2011
Speaker/Panelist: State of Black Boston-Criminal Justice Panel-Boston 2011
Speaker: Harvard Divinity School-Topic: Restorative Justice and Faith-2011
Speaker: National Cathedral Conference on Reentry: Washington DC, 2013
Speaker: Natinal Summit on Mass Incarceration: St. Marks UMC, Wichita/Kansas, May 2013
Contributor and"Report Scribe" for the Scottish Prison Service: 2015 Conference on: From Visionto Reality-Transforming Scotland's Care for Women in Custody International Conference Report: May 2015
Author: Locked Up and Locked Down Multitude Lingers in Limbo: Revised Edition: A descriptive and prescriptive analysis of the disproportionate rate of incarceration of minority men, women and youths in the United States prison system.
Some Published Articles: Studies on Religion and Recidivism:Focus on Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan. Published in the Trotter Review-University of Massachusetts/Boston 2013.The Criminal Is Still a Human Being, The “Ineffable Ethics,”
Mass Incarceration and the Black Family: A Tragedy Unfolding.
Michelle Alexander: Author-The New Jim Crow
Joe Madison: Civil Rights Activist
The Samuel Proctor Conference
The Episcopal City Mission
The Drug Policy Alliance
Dr. Boyce Watkins: Economist, Educator,Civil Rights Activist, "Your Black World"
The National African American Drug Policy Coalition, etc.
As the President of the Black Law Students Association at New England Law | Boston, my chapter recently hosted a panel discussion entitled “Mass Incarceration: Disproportionality of African-Americans in the U.S. Criminal Justice System,” based off Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. Due to his knowledge and expertise in the area, Reverend George Walters-Sleyon moderated the panel event consisting of four speakers, present and former attorneys, and a retired Massachusetts Superior Court judge. Rev. Walters-Sleyon was remarkable, from his preparation, communication with speakers prior to the event, to the presentation; I was in awe of his work. Moreover, his passion for the topic and willingness to assist on educating not only the members of the organization, law students, and professors, but also the general public on the increasing dilemma of mass incarceration of African-Americans made him the ideal candidate for the position. Articulate and approachable, Rev. Walters-Sleyon facilitated the estimated two-hour discussion, referencing significant and fundamental points from Michelle Alexander’s novel. In contrast to solely adopting Alexander’s perspective on various topics quoted throughout the event, Rev. Walters-Sleyon provided his perception on the particular points in conjunction to presenting the referenced material to the panelists, seeking their viewpoint as well. Furthermore, in order to promote an informative and engrossed discussion, Walters-Sleyon opened the forum to guests, allowing them to direct questions to the speakers on issues spoken during the event but most imperatively, on ways to reduce mass incarceration and the effects of it. I wholeheartedly recommend Reverend George Walters-Sleyon for any speaking engagement, as he was an astounding asset to our event this fall. I hope to work with him again in the near future.- Katherine V. Charles, Black Law Students Association, New England Law | Boston Chapter, President
Social Ethics and Criminal Justice Reform
• Principles of Self-Development
• Empowerment and motivation
• Young Black Men
• Black Student Union
Social Philosophy and Society
• Secularism and Globalization: The Discontent with Modernity
• Enlightenment Philosophy, Race, and Racism in Western Philosophy
• African Philosophy and Communitarianism
• Personalism and Human Dignity
• DuBois, Fanon, and Ida B. Wells: The Development of a Social Critique
• Social Philosophy and Social Change
• Crime, Race and Mass Incarceration in the United Kingdom and the United States
• Restorative Justice
• God, The World, and Me: Principles of Theological Development
• St. Augustine, Pietism, and Grace
• Church Development and Sustainability
• Ministry Development: Focus on Men, Singles, and Youth Empowerment
• Homiletics, Hermeneutics, and Apologetics
• Theories of Blended Worship and Worship Ministry Development
• Prayer, Praise, and Existence: Living in the Profane and the Sacred
• Studies in Religion and Recidivism: Alternatives to Mass Incarceration
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