Faith and Liberation: A Community Conversation on Prison Abolition

Event Details

Location: Christ Church Cobble Hill, located at 326 Clinton Street (enter by the Clinton Street driveway gate, pass the scaffolding, and through the double doors)

Join us for the first of a three-part in-person conversation series exploring the concept of prison abolition and mass incarceration. The program will include the screening of the short film “Second Shot” by Andrew Michael Ellis and a conversation with BZC dharma teacher Sarah Dōjin Emerson and Christ Church Cobble Hill Father Mark Genszler.

This series of dialogues between the Brooklyn Zen Center (BZC) and Christ Church Cobble Hill communities is a practice building community along lines of religious difference while using these interactions to reflect more deeply on what it means to be practitioners in our respective traditions.

This offering is free of charge but registration is required.

Please note that we are at Covid risk YELLOW. We ask that all participants be fully vaccinated and boosted. Masks will be required indoors at all times. Please see the BZC Covid Protocol for additional information.

The next program dates are 3/22 and 4/19. More information on the program series is available here.

About Sarah Dōjin Emerson

Sarah Dōjin Emerson’s formal practice in Soto Zen began in 1996. She lived and trained at Tassajara Zen Mountain center and other sites of the San Francisco Zen Center from 1997-2007. She received Dharma Transmission from Abbott Konjin Gaelyn Godwin of the Houston Zen Center in 2015. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and has worked in the fields of mental health and pastoral care with children and adults. She experiences Bodhisattva Zen practice as deeply supportive to inquiring into, challenging and transforming systems of oppression, particularly racial inequities and the harm they cause within convert Buddhist sanghas, and in U.S. society generally. Sarah has also worked for many years in grief support- clinically, ritually and in community- specializing in child loss. She lives with her partner, Charlie Pokorny (who is also a Soto Zen Buddhist priest), their children (who are her most profound and constant teachers) and numerous pets in Brooklyn, NY.

About Father Mark Genszler


Fr. Mark Genszler loves bicycling, poetry, gardens, and good urbanism. Spending his adult years in the Pacific Northwest, the Peace Corps, and southern Vermont, Mark attended the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan, and is happy to be trying to follow Jesus in the way of peace here in northwest Brooklyn.  Mark and his husband Christo enjoy building family and community in such a friendly neighborhood.

“My great-grandparents were all Brooklyn people, and it is a deep rooting to return.”




Access Notes: We are in an historical building which is not wheelchair accessible. There are two flights of stairs leading to the center, located on the second floor. Chairs, benches, and extra support cushions are available. If you have any additional questions about accessibility, please contact us at

Our Location: Boundless Mind Temple is located at Christ Church Cobble Hill, at 326 Clinton Street, at the corner of Kane Street, in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn. The closest subway is the Bergen Street stop on the F line.To reach the center, please enter by the Clinton Street driveway gate, pass the scaffolding, and through the double doors. There are two flights of stairs leading to the center, located on the second floor.