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March 5, 2012
Through the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, parolees work on the grounds and facilities of Grace, College Hill, as part of a community services program. [Episcopal News Service] For more than five years, parolees have gone each month to Grace Church, College Hill, a community in Cincinnati (Diocese of Southern Ohio) for a half day to do grounds and maintenance work. Part of a community service...
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June 25, 2010
The Rev. Dennis Gibbs received an urgent phone call from a New York City stranger right after a PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly segment featured Gibbs' chaplaincy at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, one of the country's largest jails. "He saw the part of the segment where I talked rather transparently about my own past at the jail. He said 'I'm an...
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June 4, 2009
After serving two years in an Oklahoma state prison, Melissa Serrano was paroled, but not released. At least not until six months later. For another prisoner, Noel (who asked that his real name be withheld), the wait between parole and release was longer, about four years. While they wait, Episcopalians in Oklahoma minister to their needs, and advocate for changes in the parole system, which now...
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January 30, 2009
It was almost 20 years ago when a University of Michigan English professor, Buzz Alexander, entered a Coldwater, Mich., prison to conduct a theater workshop with inmates. At about the same time, an Episcopal priest, Joe Summers, and some members of his fledgling congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, had decided to focus their outreach on people in prison through Bible study groups. The paths of...
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July 30, 2008
The Diocese of Florida is partnering with Prisoners of Christ, Inc. to provide spiritual care for ex-offenders, their loved ones and families of those currently incarcerated. Beginning Sunday, August 3, Jacksonville's Church of the Nativity will offer worship services where all are welcome, especially ex-offenders and families of those still incarcerated. "These are people who have been...
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April 1, 2006
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“Episcopalians know how to do camp,” the Rev. Jackie Means tells anyone who will listen. “Why don’t we do camp for children of prisoners?” The director of prison ministry for the church says that a child with a parent in prison has a 70 percent chance of going to prison, too. Children with two parents in prison have a 90 percent chance of incarceration. “If we...
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September 29, 2005
The congregation is small. There are about 42 communicants, and between 15 and 20 show up on any given Sunday night for Eucharist. "In that respect, it's very much like any other parish in the Episcopal Church," says the Rev. James Tramel, who ministers to the congregation. The congregation is different in one major way. All of the communicants and Tramel are in prison at the...
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May 1, 2005
Haunted by the fact that 900 Alaskans are imprisoned in Arizona, the Diocese of Alaska sponsored a contingent of inmates’ family members to visit Arizona recently. Ten Alaskans made the journey with hope, trepidation and cartons of moose meat, salmon strips and muktuk. “I will forever remember the faces touched by love and joy,” said Bishop Mark MacDonald after returning from...