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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?”… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/11/please-can-i-have-drink/

A Time to Retreat

"...There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
by Rick Admiraal, pastor of New Life Prison Community, a prison congregation in Newton, Iowa.  A wise man writes: "there is a time for everything, and a season for every activi… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/11/time-retreat/

Retreat

The purpose of a “retreat” is to withdraw from one’s busy, everyday activities to a quiet place of peace. Those of us gathered around the campfire in the moon light underneath the upper Midwest sky, had a peace which could only could come from heaven. Th…
by Gary Rickel, pastor The Community of St. Dysmas, Jessup and Hagarstown, MD - a 5 point parish in Maryland Correctional Institution for women and Maryland Correctional Instituti… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/11/retreat/

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://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/11/society-us/