December 9, 2018 

Guest Speaker at 10:00 AM Service  

The Rev. Marilyn Kendrix

Description of Forum


As people of conscience, we should care about the poor among us and in our society, the people who fit that description the best are the 7.3 million people currently under correctional control, 2.2 million of whom are in prison or jail, while the remaining 5 million are kept in a permanent poverty by the rules of parole and probation and the legal discrimination against them in housing, employment, and public assistance.   There are clear connections between racism, politics, targeted enforcement of the War on Drugs and the intractable poverty that it creates. These issues have been out of sight for most of us yet as people concerned with human justice, we need to become aware of this injustice in our midst.

As one of the authors of The Justice Imperative: How Hyper Incarceration Hijacked the American Dream, Rev. Marilyn Kendrix will discuss the facts and consequences of mass incarceration in America and provide some recommendations for what we can do about it.

Rev. Marilyn B. Kendrix, Transitional Conference Minister

Rhode Island Conference, United Church of Christ

Marilyn Baugh Kendrix most recently served as the Interim Pastor at the Congregational Church Naugatuck. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Marilyn worked for over 15 years as an Organizational Development Consultant principally at AT&T but also in other profit and not-for-profit settings. Marilyn has also served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Conference and participated with the Together, As One Conference Planning Team.  

Marilyn earned her Bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, her Executive MBA from the University of New Haven and an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, also from the University of New Haven.


Most recently, Marilyn received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a certificate from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music.  She was the recipient of the Henry Hallam Tweedy Prize for exceptional promise in pastoral leadership, the highest prize that Yale Divinity School confers on a graduating student each year, for her work in raising awareness about mass incarceration in America.  


Continuing to raise awareness about mass incarceration and the poverty it creates, Marilyn has preached on the subject and led a second-hour discussion at 80 churches, 2 synagogues and 1 mosque.  In addition, in her work with the Malta Justice Initiative, Marilyn has partnered with 7 other writers to write a book, The Justice Imperative: How Hyper Incarceration Hijacked the American Dream (September 2014, Significance Press).  The book focuses on the problem of mass incarceration in Connecticut and provides 30 recommendations for bringing it to an end.


Marilyn is married to her best friend, Alan and together they have 3 children, 6 grandchildren and a dog, Bear.  

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