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Dec
09
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by Pastor Chris Nolte, transition pastor, Living Stones Prison CongregationShelton, Washington Advent is truly a season that points us again and again to living in hope; the hope of God's will and pr…
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Dec
03
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By Mary Mortenson, Director, Prison Congregations of America  Happy Advent!  For those of us who follow a liturgical tradition, this is the beginning of the church year.  This season of Advent is the…
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Nov
19
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by Eric Sponheim, former board member In a community of faith, as in any other human endeavor, setting the expectations right is crucial. In a faith community, we can play deeply meaningful roles in…
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Nov
12
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by Pastor Paul Stone of the Church of The Damascus Road (CoDR) at the Fort Dodge and North Central Correctional Facilities in Iowa I have been CoDR’s pastor since March 2009. Previously I served cong…
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Nov
05
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By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America It was October 15, 2017.   I didn’t want to be in church, and I didn’t want to worship.  Three days before, Julie Thomas, my fri…
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Oct
19
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By Sarah Estes, board member You lived your life to make a differenceYou lived your life to make a changeYou welcomed all to your tableYou’re calling us to do the same. I want my life to make a diffe…
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Oct
15
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by Eric Sponheim, former board member “Teach us to number our days,” the Psalmist wrote, “that we may gain a wise heart.”  Good counsel, to be sure. Yet when a friend or family member’s life is cut s…
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Oct
06
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by Rev. Steve Peterson, past board president I wonder what inmates in prison think about the nights they lie awake in their cells in the wee hours of the night.  Maybe there are thoughts of that day …
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Oct
01
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By Mary Mortenson I am blessed to live in a part of the country with four very distinct seasons, all of which I love.  After the winter rest, spring shows herself with all the color and mood swings o…
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Sep
24
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by Carol Porter, former PCA board chair The PCA model requires that each inside prison congregation is supported and visited by outside local congregations. The inside congregation is open to all who…
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