The mission of CO’s Prison Outreach Service Team (COPOST) is to accompany and provide resources to those affected by incarceration as they learn and practice Centering Prayer, as well as to support volunteers, both inside and outside locked facilities, who are called to engage in this activity, that together we may share in the process of divine transformation.
COPOST Team arose out of the survey conducted in February and March of 2021 to identify the strengths and opportunities related to Principles 3 and 12 of our Vision: the presence of the Divine in us is the permanent self-giving of God to every human person (3) and we are invited to make available the gift of Centering Prayer to everyone, particularly to the needy and the marginalized (12).
Each of us has been profoundly affected by transformation (our own and others’) “inside the walls”. We have tasted new freedom from our own emotional programs for happiness through this outreach and would be glad to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to be added to our mailing list if you would like to receive updates on prison outreach. If you want to receive just 3-4 emails a year to stay informed of our activity, please check only the box that says “friend of prison outreach (not in the thick of things, but desiring to be kept in the loop).”
Prison Outreach Service Team
Hampton D. Mary T.
Chandra H. Rita W.
Lawrence H. Paul W.
Click here to access the YouTube Playlist for all our prison ministry videos, including the 25-minute presentation from the Prison Outreach Service Team at the 2021 International Conference and the new documentary Holding Still.
Click here for some ways you could get involved in prison outreach, including without leaving your home.
Exciting News: COPOST to spearhead bold new open source project: A dedicated team of software developers has begun work on a national database that will facilitate communication with incarcerated individuals desiring support and accompaniment on the spiritual journey. Their aim is to write the software that helps bring the knowledge and experience of God’s love into prisons. This ambitious project will require many hours of volunteer programming. If you have the skills and desire to participate, click here for more information (warning: non-programmers who click this link are encouraged to expect not to understand what they see!) Visit the CONTRIBUTING section for how you can contribute to this project. Reach out to Chris Downey (email@example.com) or Chris Haynes (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
These Prison Outreach web pages will be updated regularly to reflect the team’s offerings. Please be sure to check out the various pages listed in the menu on the left. Click here for the Volunteer Support Zoom Discussions schedule, click here if you think you might be interested in getting started in this outreach, click here if you have been released from prison, and click here for a growing list of resources.