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Jan
01
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By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America I am old enough to remember when television shows were advertised as being “in living color!”  Just a few weeks ago I was remind…
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Dec
24
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by Rev. John Harrison - PCA Board Member Christmas is a hard time of year for people who don’t get to be with the ones they love. Yet what makes the Christmas promise so profound is that God does not…
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Dec
16
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by Lee A. Schott, Pastor at Women at the Well UMC, at Mitchellville, Iowa   When our inside council meets, a couple of times a month, we open with a question that allows us to hear the voice of ev…
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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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