The Prison Outreach Liaison 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.
Prison Outreach Liaison Team
Hampton Deck Kathy Devaney
Chandra Hanson Doug Laplante
Ray Mueller Susan Turpin
Rita Weick Paul Witmer
This page is a work in progress — it offers current available resources for those interested in prison outreach; by its nature, it will never be exhaustive. If you have suggestions for things to add or would like to be involved in gathering additional resources, please email email@example.com.
- Check out summary or detailed results of the 2021 Prison Outreach Survey here.
- Please pray for our efforts to send the Contemplative Outreach newsletters to prisoners; there are more challenges than one might imagine — but, with challenges come opportunities! Here is a letter that Contemplative Outreach’s Administrator, Mary Jane Yates, wrote to the prisoners on our mailing list to express regret for the delay and also to let them know of our support during these trying times
- Learn more about Prison Contemplative Fellowship (PCF) and the partnership between PCF and Contemplative Outreach here. Ray Leonardini and PCF may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or through their website, www.uspcf.org. They are able to offer materials for free if they are going to be used by prisoners. Ray has written three books, two of which are available in the Contemplative Outreach store: Finding God Within and Going Inside. His third book is From Hiding to Healing and will be available soon.
- Book Review: Find God Within, Contemplative Prayer for Prisoners.
- One wonderful fruit of this partnership is a series of videos you won’t want to miss. These are also available on DVD for sharing inside prison facilities.
- “Locked Up and Free” is a user-friendly pamphlet that is ideal for a first introduction to Centering Prayer for prisoners. It is especially useful when one does not have a lot of time to explain things to a prisoner. The pamphlet is free to chaplains and volunteers in prison. Write to Prison Contemplative Fellowship, P.O. Box 1086, Folsom, CA 95763-1086, or email email@example.com.
More resources and info will be added to this page, including details about Zoom gatherings for prison Centering Prayer group facilitators as soon as they are available, so please check back soon!