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Holy Ground

rison ministry is hard work – not for the immature or the fainthearted. Prison pastors must find a balance in the tension of obeying prison rules while caring for their congregants, and in being respectful of other religious programming while still being…
By Mary Mortenson, Director Prison Congregations of America We are just back in the office after spending a beautiful three days at the St. Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana, which … http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/08/holy-ground/

God Wants You To

I work with guys who recognize they need to change, recognize their efforts to change in the past have been unsuccessful, and recognize their need for God's help. Prison congregations serve as God's hands and lips. Along with over 40 volunteers from the "…
by Rev. Paul Stone, The Church of the Damascus Road, Ft. Dodge and Rockwell City, IA, and PCA board member   I am pastor of a 2-point prison congregation in the Fort Dodge a… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/08/god-wants-you/

Forgiven

Forgiven. In his letter to the Colossians, Paul wrote, “For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (NRSV, Colossians 1:13-14). Prison is d…
by Sarah Estes, PCA board member When I started working in the department of corrections I didn’t want to know what the men had done to deserve the punishment of prison.  It wa… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/08/forgiven/

Sound and Light

Those of us who worship inside are witness to the flickering lights born of enthusiasm and joy... these sights and sounds of prison congregational worship. The razor wire does not and cannot contain the light or the sound. Just like the cicadas’ song an…
By Mary Mortenson, Executive Director, Prison Congregations of America This is the time of year when we in South Dakota see the elusive dance of the fireflies and hear the song… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/08/sound-and-light/