Thursday, October 22

Tag: incarceration

Daily Practice for December 27, 2016

Daily Practice for December 27, 2016

Word:  One of the Christmas hymns is "Love Came Down at Christmas." The first stanza goes like this: Love came down at Christmas Love, a lovely love divine Love was born at Christmas Stars and angels gave the sign That is how I felt Christmas. First, Christmas Eve, celebrating the Service of Las Posadas with my church community at Riverton Park UMC. Then spending time with my family. And finally, Christmas morning with incarcerated youth, in detention. My thought was, "Indeed. Love did come down this Christmas." There were significant "Love" moments in all three places. At Riverton Park UMC, where nearly every child attending Christmas Eve is homeless. We have a significant ministry with folks that would have no doors. The ministry ranges from tents to cars to sleeping in Sunday...

Kin-dom Work: Proclaiming Release to the Prisoner

Essay, inspiration, Scripture
Recently, I presided over a liturgy that instead of using the word "Kingdom" used the word "Kin-dom." The idea being that the Kingdom of God is one in which we are all kin. Additionally, I am attending, right now, Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington DC. ( #ead2015 ). At EAD, we are focusing on bringing an end to mass incarceration through smarter sentencing and through the elimination of family detention of migrant families. At one of the workshops I attended, the stopped calling incarcerated people "offenders" or "criminals" and called them "brother, sister, returning citizen." Our kin. There is no denying that the vast majority of those imprisoned will be returning to their home towns. What do we do when they return? Are they set up to succeed? Are they shamed? Can they get fair hou...

Prayerful Consideration

This weeks Prayerful Tuesday is on forgiveness and a forgiveness that heals and releases shame and anger. This article is an important one and I would like to offer it as a prayer to be meditated over. My Challenge to each of you is: How do we serve both the victims and their families and the offenders? May each of you prayerfully consider this questions. Ruth Jewell