Brooks restore at nbnet.nb.ca
Tue Oct 9 16:56:31 BST 2007

  You are to be commended for your warmth and caring....however in many 
cases these criminals already found God at their bail hearings or trial.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kent Kinard" <kkinard at wcc.net>
To: <rovernet at lyris.ccdata.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2007 12:33 PM
Subject: [ROVERNET - UK] OT Prison

> On Tue, 09 Oct 2007 08:31:31 -0400
>  S Manwell <s_manwell at alum.swarthmore.edu> wrote:
>> Well, Bill Robertson beat us to the master cylinder punch, but I hate to 
>> let the prison comment go by.  Hmm, let's see:  a Texan figure of speech? 
>> A sacrifice for a good cause?
> No, literally.  Twice a year I do a prison ministry called Kairos.  We go 
> in on Thursday afternoon and finish Sunday afternoon.  There is some 
> teaching, group discussion, singing and dancing, and sharing faith 
> stories.  Some of these men simply have never had the experience of being 
> loved unconditionally.  The team takes turns going back on Thursday of 
> each week for Prayer and Share.  It is a pretty substantial commitment. 
> The team is ecumenical, but a little heavy on the Right Wing.  I try to 
> keep them more in the middle theologically.  I was the head spiritual 
> director for this one.
> Roverecidivisticly,
> (recidivism-technical term for the tendency to return to prison instead of 
> staying out.  Most prison systems have a high recidivism rate. Some people 
> find the high degree of choice involved in living in the free world to be 
> threatening and uncomfortable and find the regimentation of prison life 
> more comfortable.  They can't wait to get out, but making a successful 
> transition is hard and violating parole is easy.  The term is usually 
> applied to those who are incarcerated, but in this case, it is jokingly 
> applied to those of us who are hooked on prison ministry.)
> Kent K.
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