Jeannie Alexander: Gerasene Demoniac

Rev. Jeannie Alexander, Director of No Exceptions Prison Collective, draws a comparison between the treatment of incarcerated people to the man in the story of the Gerasene Demoniac (Mark 5:1-20 NIV).


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Where's the Grace?

The following reflective questions are based on Rev. Jeannie Alexander's video, "Gerasene Demoniac". Discuss them in a group setting or reflect on them individually.


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  • What systems in our society were put in place with good intentions but often cause more harm than good? How do they limit people instead of healing and propelling them forward?
  • How can we influence and change our systems to have positive long-term effects?
  • What would it look like to have prison structures that reflect restorative justice instead of punishment for the sake of punishment?
  • How has it become the norm to view criminals as "the other", as if every human being does not commit wrongdoings regularly?
  • How can we promote grace and healing within our prison systems?

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Steps Toward Accepting Others

As addressed in Jeannie Alexander's video, "The Gerasene Demoniac" comparing the story found in Mark 5: 1-20 to the treatment of people in our prison systems, one major issue faced by incarcerated persons is a lack of acceptance and tolerance from those who have never experienced prison. This action provides ways in which we can all improve our ability to accept others -acceptance being something that every human deserves.


  1. Find value in differences. Be intentional about learning the practices and traditions of cultures different from your own.
  2. Embrace uncertainty. Studies show that those who are unwilling to accept uncertainty are more likely to be intolerant of others. Often, people make the mistake of getting caught up in the idea that there is one unchanging and constant answer to everything. Remember that uncertainty is inevitable and is not synonymous with negative.
  3. Strive toward having an open-minded outlook. Engage in conversations and remember to ask questions! Go into discussions with an eagerness to learn and a genuine interest in what others have to say.
  4. Dissect your intolerant feelings. Feelings without knowledge can be a dangerous combination. Make sure to analyze any feelings of intolerance and try to bring their roots and context to light. Becoming aware of these feelings is an important step toward the acceptance of others!
  5. Nurture your self-esteem. It's common for people who feel badly about themselves to project these feelings onto others. Find value in yourself so that in turn, you will have the ability to find value in others as well.

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