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September 7, 2011

"I realized we had to do something. We've got to step into the vacuum, step into the breach, either lean in or run away. We are chaplains. We know how to do chaplain's work." George Packard, then Episcopal Church bishop suffragan of...

February 2, 2011

The first American census of 1790 showed that the overwhelming majority of clergy and Lay Delegates to the Convention of the Diocese of Maryland owned slaves. Our beloved Thomas John Claggett, who, only two years later was to be...

August 19, 2010

The Rev. Christopher Johnson, the Episcopal Church's officer for social and economic justice, went to opposite corners of the United States early in August to discern how the church can support and strengthen the summer camp ministry to...

January 28, 2010

Episcopal chaplains gathered in Washington, D.C. Jan. 19-23 for a Federal Ministries Conference to explore "Healing from Trauma, a Journey into the Holy," hearing from theologians, victims of tragedy, disaster experts and a chaplain on the...

November 25, 2008

Archbishop Desmond Tutu on November 22 said the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States -- "a president of color"– gave hope to the world. Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work against South...

April 7, 2008

When the Rev. Eugene T. Sutton, canon pastor of the Washington National Cathedral, was elected diocesan bishop of Maryland March 29, it was on the first ballot -- only the second time that has happened in the diocese's 227-year history...

June 27, 2007

Children of parents in prison "are invisible. No government entity is responsible for them," says a U.S. Senate report. The president says there are 1.5 million of them. The Bureau of Justice statistics say they have a 70 percent...

March 31, 2006

“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...

August 22, 2005

Calling on all dioceses and denominations to help confront the crises in the criminal justice system, the Rev. Jacqueline A. Means, the Episcopal Church's criminal justice officer and director of prison ministry, has said that "...

May 25, 2005

An Episcopal Church emissary for prison ministry traveled the State of Maryland May 5-12, visiting two state prisons and meeting with the bishops and prison ministers of four dioceses -- Maryland, Washington, Easton and Delaware. It was...

April 14, 2005

The Louisiana State Penitentiary -- once labeled the "bloodiest prison in America" -- sprawls across 18,000 acres of fertile river bottom land surrounded on three sides by the Mississippi River and on the fourth by the Tunica...

April 2, 2005

"All of us have a prison of our own," said Bishop J. Gary Gloster at a Prison Ministry Conference and Workshop in North Carolina in March. "One of the things we all share is our brokenness." The retired suffragan and now assisting bishop...

May 31, 2004

A SHIFT IN political attitudes toward criminal justice reform marked the Eighth National Prison Ministry Conference, held in the Diocese of Texas. Corrections officials from Texas - the state leading in executions -- said they had...

May 5, 2004

News of a shift in political attitudes toward criminal justice reform marked the 8th National Prison Ministry Conference, held April 29-May 1, 2004. Nearly 90 lay and clergy ministers traveled to the gathering, entitled ‘Engage in God’s...

April 22, 2004

A former inmate who moved hundreds of thousands of people with his daily meditations for Forward Day By Day will lead meditations at the national Episcopal Prison Ministry Conference April 29-May 1 in Texas. The Conference, “Engage in God’...

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