The Black American Orthodox Experience on OCN, Season 2 Episode 3: An Interview with John E. Wetzel – Former PA Secretary of Corrections on Prison Ministry, Mentorship & Reform

In this enlightening discussion of the eighth episode of “The Black American Orthodox Experience” (season 2), a collaboration of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Orthodox Christian Network, Rev. Samuel Davis engages in a dialogue with John E. Wetzel, a counselor to Congress and United State Senate when it comes to prison reform and aid towards young black and Latino men.

Wetzel shares profound insights into his impactful work in Pennsylvania, where he has tirelessly influenced the lives of young individuals. During their conversation, Wetzel reflects on his personal journey, revealing how his path led him to embrace the Orthodox Faith. He underscores the pivotal role of the church in engaging with missions within prison settings, emphasizing the significance of paternal figures for the younger generation’s development. Delving deeper, Fr. Samuel Davis and Wetzel explore the pivotal role of Black fraternities and sororities as fertile grounds for mentorship opportunities. They delve into the intricacies of educational systems and their impact on the empowerment of marginalized communities. Moreover, the discussion extends to the vital importance of prioritizing both physical and mental health within Black communities, highlighting the indispensable role of supportive communal networks in fostering holistic well-being. Toward the conclusion of their dialogue, there are some exciting news that you do not want to miss. Stay tuned to this compelling podcast conversation for a wealth of insights and revelations.

The Black American Orthodox Experience is a program focused on Orthodox missions in America—insights, challenges, and how we can reach (and are reaching) members of Black, Indigenous, and other communities with the Church of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to feature honest and informative conversations about what the Great Commission looks like in modern America within a historical and cultural context.

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