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Beyond Measure

It is grace that reminds us to stop pretending we are perfect and step out from behind the walls that cut us off from real connection
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 ofte… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2018/07/beyond-measure/

We Are All Prisoners . . . But To What?

Christ came to set our spirits free. What do you need to be set free from?
by Pamela Deacon-Joyner, board member After almost 5 years of being a member of Living Stones Prison Congregation I find myself still amazed, excited and filled with the joy of… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2018/04/we-are-all-prisoners-what/

All Saints, All Year Round

All Saints calls us to get out of God's way, to listen, to blossom, and to experience the joy of being God's completely loved children.
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. P… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/11/all-saints-all-year-round/

When You Can’t Sing

In times of grief, the Holy Presence of God is present in and through through community – through congregation.
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 befor… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/11/when-you-cant-sing/

God Smiles

Prison worship, where divisive differences are set aside, is a beautiful image of what God intends the church to be.
by Rev. Wayne Gallipo, board member There is great beauty and power in the practice of outside congregations worshiping with a prison congregation. As a prison pastor I hav… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2017/09/god-smiles/

Zacchaeus in the Sycamore

Salvation is about accepting God’s grace as a beloved child of God, right here and right now, regardless of where you are
by Eric Sponheim, former board member The story of Zacchaeus perched in a sycamore tree in Luke 19 is a beloved bible story. As a boy, I remember learning a cutely endearing so… http://prisoncongregations.org/blog/2016/10/today-salvation-has-come/