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Jul
15
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by Rev. John Harrison, board member As I minister to people who have served their time in prison and are returning to the outside world, the strongest pastoral connections often begin with the hard-n…
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Jul
02
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Freedom By Mary Mortenson, Director of Prison Congregations of America  I miss my mom. She was born on the 4th of July, and she died in 1984 about ten days after her 70th birthday.  I always assumed…
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Jun
30
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by Eric Sponheim, former board member “Ordinary Time” is a peculiar church phrase. Formally, it refers to the long series of numbered Sundays after Pentecost. From late May or early June until the A…
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Jun
24
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by Rev. Paul Stone, pastor of the Church of the Damascus Road, Rockwell City and Fort Dodge, Iowa I am nearly 70 years of age. And I have had a change of heart. For that I thank God. Fifteen years a…
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Jun
17
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by Rev. Terry Schjang, pastor of New Beginnings Worshiping Community, Denver Women's Correctional Facility  A call came in at 11:20PM, but I didn’t answer it because of the hour and because I didn’t …
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Jun
06
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“I’ll Pray for You” By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, PCA  “I’ll pray for you.”  I wonder how many times I’ve said that in the last few months.  How about you?  Does it mean anything? Sometimes…
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May
31
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by Rev. Chris Flohr, PCA Board Chair The first time I learned the meaning of the Greek word karios I did an Aha!  Karios is God’s time and God doesn’t necessarily operate on kronos (also a Greek word…
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May
24
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by Sarah Estes, PCA Board Secretary In the United Methodist tradition, we invite all to partake in the sacrament of communion. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or where you are on y…
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May
13
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by Eric Sponheim, former board member The beloved song Borning Cry speaks of God being ready at the end of the story with “just one more surprise.” It’s a beautiful line because our God, though alway…
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May
07
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By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, PCA “Don’t be alone, “ is what I said to him when we parted company. This comment was made in response to a number of discussions about how hard prison ministr…
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