Sister Alison McCrary: Challenge the Status Quo with Love

If we’re really doing the Gospel work, our work is not to be loved by everyone. If we’re really challenging the status quo in the way that Jesus did we’re not going to make everyone happy. It is uncomfortable. It also means taking risks, it also means putting your body on the line.” -Sister Alison McCrary SFCC

Season 1. Episode 6 of Messy Jesus Business, hosted by Sister Julia Walsh



In episode six, Sister Julia speaks with guest Sister Alison McCrary, SFCC. 

Together they discuss the meaning of defunding the police and investing in community, challenging the status quo, the inevitability of having enemies when following Jesus, and how city budgets could actually reflect the Beatitudes.  


Sister Alison McCrary, SFCC is a social justice movement lawyer, restorative justice practitioner, and a tribal citizen of the Ani-Yun-Wiya United Cherokee Nation. She ministers as a national criminal justice reform strategist supporting about 50 formerly-incarcerated-people-led non-profits, a spiritual advisor on Louisiana’s death row, and founding Director of the Louisiana Re-Entry Mediation Program. She formerly served as the Statewide Campaign Manager for the Unanimous Jury Coalition abolishing a 138-year-old Jim Crow law in Louisiana, the Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project, President of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and Founding Director of the New Orleans Community-Police Mediation. She works on issues related to criminal justice reform, environmental justice, immigrant rights, international human rights, cultural preservation, voting rights, disaster recovery, housing rights, and provides support to various social justice movements and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally. Prior to law school, she worked at the Capital Post-Conviction Project of Louisiana providing litigation support on death penalty cases and at the United Nations monitoring the implementation of U.N. Security Council Resolutions relating to women, peace, and security. In 2009, she was an Ella Baker Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She received her J.D. from Loyola University’s College of Law in New Orleans and her B.A. in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She also completed coursework and programs at Johannes Gutenburg Universität in Mainz, Germany, University of Surrey in London, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Loyola University Chicago, and Catholic Theological Union.

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