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Making a Difference

Prison Congregations of America and singer Rachel Kurtz welcome all to the table at a banquet/concert on October 21 in Sioux Falls.
By Sarah Estes, board member You lived your life to make a difference You lived your life to make a change You welcomed all to your table You’re calling us to do the same. I w… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/10/making-difference/

Mother's Day: A Perspective from Prison

There are so many wounded adult children in this world who have never known the love from a mother that God intends for all children to feel. What a painful day it must be for so many incarcerated people who have never known what is was like to have a mo…
By Rev. Diane Harrison, Grace Place UMC inside the walls of the Tennessee Women's Prison Happy Mother’s Day!  As this Mother’s Day has approached I have heard it over and over.… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/05/mothers-day-perspective-prison/

Singing In Prison

There are a lot of lost men and women in prison as there are lost people throughout the world. But the good news is that the good shepherd is there to seek out the one who is lost.
By Rev. Margaret O'Neal, friend of PCA 23 After they had been severely flogged, [Paul and Silas] were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. … https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/04/singing-prison/

Easter in Prison

For me God was a lifeline to sanity in a crazy place. And God never let me down. I would get mail from strangers and friends when I needed it most. Another inmate would be friendlier than usual. And I learned to love those gals in there. I learned to…
By Gloria Gurwell, PCA Board Member We have just finished our last Lenten service at American Lutheran Church in Sun City, AZ.  We have been using the Holden service.  I think … https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/04/easter-prison/

With Watery Eyes

I suppose, like most individuals who have not served any time, when I first became involved it was with the attitude that I would be bringing something into the lives of the inmates and that somehow, my involvement would translate into a blessing for them…
By Mark Juhl, PCA supporter and volunteer for the reentry program at The Church of the Damascus Road in Fort Dodge, IA With my eyes watering, I gave a hug to Brian and then ano… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/03/watery-eyes/

Pain Does Not Last Forever

Prayer has the power to bring us together in mindful acceptance of our present moment together in the presence of God. We surrender to and confess how we both are of sinful nature. In the face of this confession, we are thankful for a saving grace that …
by Dennis Hoffman, PCA Board of Directors As he approached me in his orange prison jumpsuit with eyes filled in tears, it was quite obvious that we were about to engage in an e… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/03/pain-does-not-last-forever/

Ah...Lent

I confess that for years, I really didn’t like Lent with all its somberness and minor chorded music. I would be impatient with the season, because I knew the rest of the story and just wanted to run with those other Marys to the empty tomb. Then a few y…
By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America For the liturgical types in our midst, we are soon in the season of Lent, that time of introspection and … https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/02/ahlent/

We Are Living Stones

Do you know what living stones are? It is the priesthood of all believers, whose faith is in Christ, the chief corner stone,and who then work together to spread the gospel. We are living stones. We are the body of Christ. Many people and many congregati…
By Margaret O'Neal, Lakewood, Washington It was on September 10 of last year that the Living Stones Congregation at the Washington Correction Center in Shelton celebrated its 1… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/02/we-are-living-stones/

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Left alone and depressed in a jail cell in Nashville after getting a DUI, I had no hope to go forward in life. Most of my family and friends had shunned me. I had no one that would take my calls while I was incarcerated...Someone invited me to attend your…
by Pastor Scott Jamieson, Church of Another Chance, inside the Nashville, TN men's jail This unedited letter from one of [Church of Another Chance] members speaks to the powerf… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/01/do-you-hear-what-i-hear/

Advent Teaches Us Patience

The Advent season teaches us to be patient. It instructs us on the importance of waiting prayerfully. It reminds us that God’s goodness unfolds in God’s time and not ours. Perhaps the greatest lesson that emerges during Advent each year comes as we watc…
Rev. Dean W. Bucalos, Executive Director of Mission Behind Bars and Beyond and Founding Pastor of New Life in Christ Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Louisville, Kentucky… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/12/advent-teaches-us-patience/

Please, Can I Have a Drink?

The story of the Samaritan woman in John 4 is a familiar one to most Christians. I began my journey as pastor of the Church of Hope that is held inside the South Dakota Women’s Prison with little or no knowledge of what it would mean to spend a large maj…
By Rev. Dr. Kimberly Kaveny-LaPlante, Church of Hope: South Dakota Women’s Prison.  “A woman, a Samaritan, came to draw water. Jesus said, “Would you give me a drink of water?”… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/11/please-can-i-have-drink/

God is Good

Wow, things are really going on at Church of the Damascus Road, Texas! We are excited about the growth of Church of Damascus Road ministry. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.
By Dan Lund, Church of the Damascus Road, inside the walls of the Texas prison system Wow, things are really going on at Church of the Damascus Road, Texas!  We have Bible base… https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/07/god-good/

What’s the Point in Sharing?

Not just in prison, but in all walks of life, God is looking for people who are willing to share what God has done in their own life and for the world.
by Pastor Rick Van Ravenswaay, Cornerstone Prison Church, inside the walls of the SD State Penitentiary Many people have heard that “God so loved the world that he gave his one … https://www.prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/07/whats-point-sharing/