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All I Really Need to Know

To do the right thing is often the hardest thing. This I have learned from people affected by incarceration. It’s so easy to go back to the old ways – to even romanticize those times. But it’s much harder to walk the new healthy path. This is where [R…
By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America Do you remember the book by Robert Fulghum entitled, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten… http://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/09/all-i-really-need-know/

Holy Ground

rison ministry is hard work – not for the immature or the fainthearted. Prison pastors must find a balance in the tension of obeying prison rules while caring for their congregants, and in being respectful of other religious programming while still being…
By Mary Mortenson, Director Prison Congregations of America We are just back in the office after spending a beautiful three days at the St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana, which … http://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/08/holy-ground/

Building Bridges

[Ed Nesselhuf] inspired me to do more in my home church here in Chicago. When the opportunity for Bethel Lutheran Church came to be involved in ministry with returning citizens, I advocated for Bethel church to take part in this ministry. Now every Tues…
By Neil Bullock, PCA Board Member Like all of us I was saddened by the news of Ed Nesselhuf’s transition from this life into the next and prayed for his family that he loved so… http://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/01/building-bridges/

And So We Start Anew

Here is what I know for sure: the blessings and challenges that lay before us in 2017 will all be God-driven and God-present. Things will not happen exactly according to our plans, but will happen in God’s time, with God’s guidance. As director of this …
By Mary Mortenson, Director Prison Congregations of America For much of our culture, the beautiful season of Christmas is over.  Lights and decorations are put away, there is n… http://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/01/and-so-we-start-anew/

Society Is Us

Our behaviors, language and attitudes can influence and offer healing to society and a church that are suffering. I know that this can happen, because I have seen it. I see it every time I worship in a prison congregation, where people of diverse backgro…
by Mary Mortenson, Director, Prison Congregations of America This week, it will be over.  The elections will be done and the most angry and cruel campaign season in recent time… http://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/11/society-us/

Ed Nesselhuf, Pastor Pioneer

Here are three stories of Ed's pioneering spirit in the development and nurturing of Prison Congregations of America from its inception until his retirement.
By Rev. Kwen Sanderson, St. Dysmas behind the walls of Mike Durfee Men's Prison in Springfield, SD. One time I asked Ed, how did PCA get started. Basically, he had attended a g… http://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/08/ed-nesselhuf-pastor-pioneer/

Patriotism and Faith

The two most patriotic members of my family were my mom and my brother. The lessons of patriotism and faith that I learned from these two have influenced my work these past years. Like these two patriots, my faith informs my politics and how I choose to …
By Mary Mortenson, PCA Director The two most patriotic members of my family were my mom and my brother. Maybe it was because Mom was born on the 4th of July that she so loved h… http://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/07/patriotism-and-faith/

The Church Challenged to Lead

I love the church and have seen it do a tremendous amount of good work. However, the church has left the “correction” of our society in the hands of state. Ours is an officially secular, one-size-fits-all justice system that is ineffective in preventing c…
by Andy Hanson, Pastor at Celebration Fellowship, a three point congregation inside the walls of the Michigan State Correctional System   Can a child who grows up in an unlo… http://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/06/church-challenged-lead/