"Through the Door," EthicsDaily.com's documentary on faith and prisons, will be screened during the Baptist General Convention of Texas' annual meeting with the hope that it will become a widely used moral education resource in Texas churches.
David Valentine, left, and Vernon Pittman with his wife. Both men were featured in "Through The Door."
Zach Dawes, managing editor at EthicsDaily.com, will facilitate a screening of the film's short version from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 17.
The screening will take place in the Lone Star Room (104) on the lower level of the Convention Center in Waco, Texas. Following the screening, there will be an opportunity for dialogue.
The documentary highlights the faith community's engagement with prisons, including inmates and officers, being in prison and out, both charity and justice, and raises awareness of what faith communities are doing on the prison front.
The film includes stories from Nashville, Tennessee; Richmond, Virginia; Huntsville, Texas; Carlisle, Indiana; Atlanta, Georgia; and more.
The Texas interviews feature pastor David Valentine, retired prison warden Vernon Pittman as well as Bill Kleiber from Restorative Justice Ministries Network.
"Through the Door" provides congregations a tool for better understanding the factors contributing to U.S. prison system's problems.
Interviewees speak to the issues of prescription drug abuse, addiction, mental health, the role of religious volunteers and chaplains and the often-overlooked stresses of prison officials.
The film offers stories of hope, offering insight into how people of faith are working to make a positive difference through efforts that seek to reduce recidivism rates and restore the lives of inmates, families and communities.
Since its release in January 2014, the film has been screened in a dozen locations and broadcast on three television networks.
Additional information about the film, including video clips and related articles, can be found at ThroughTheDoor.info.