The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.”
December 6, 2016
Thank you for your continued interest in the renewal process of Concilio Prison Ministry.
Approximately two weeks ago on Saturday, November 19, a group of 20 individuals pondered the information on the goals and objectives of Concilio Prison Ministry from focus groups, telephone interviews, and face-to-face meetings. This process was guided by Carla Anglehart, an external facilitator. Many individuals shared positive comments about the importance of the overall ministry of Concilio. Others stated they were leaving with gratitude, and some stated they were filled with renewed hope. Concerns were also freely expressed about the future of this ministry begun and inspired by the late Dr. Charles Taylor.
This day of reflection and discernment resulted in identifying the following next steps:
A Kairos Prison Marathon at Springhill Institution was held on November 25-26. Many of the volunteers left this circle of sharing feeling profoundly reflective at the depth of personal sharing. I personally was struck by how one inmate, who was new to this Kairos circle, shared about his deep wounded spirit and brokenness. His story of experiencing PTSD and willingness to be open, genuine, and vulnerable drew others out to have the “light shine in the darkness”.
Another inmate at the end of the two days summarized his own recent painful experience and confusion in his whole life by stating, “You (members of the circle) may have just saved a life!” Again, it appeared that he was acknowledging his experience of the Trinity (spirit) within this time and circle – in a way that was simply worded, yet so applicable — on many human levels.
This recent Kairos circle speaks of what Concilio Prison Ministry is doing on behalf of God’s desire. It is attempting to create spaces for the wounded to experience love and healing, and hence be “saved” in our world today.
Please pray for the ministry that God does through us, specifically:
Wishing you a blessed Advent and Christmas season,
Clarence & Sheila
Concilio Renewal Team