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Prison Ministry Deemed Important, But Not Prioritized in Many Churches
Prison Ministry Deemed Important, But Not Prioritized in Many Churches

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Few U.S. Protestant churches make prison ministry a priority, even though most churches support it, LifeWay Research found.

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3 Ways Your Church Can Reform Criminal Justice System
3 Ways Your Church Can Reform Criminal Justice System

By: Zach Dawes
Folks on both sides of the aisle agree that our criminal justice system is broken and are finding significant agreement on how to correct the numerous failings. Here are three ways churches can help.

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EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Air on Expanded TV Network
EthicsDaily.com Documentaries Air on Expanded TV Network
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Three EthicsDaily.com documentaries on prisons, racism and immigration are coming back for an encore on an expanding network focused on African Americans.
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Arkansas Faith Leaders: Remember Prisoners, Engage in Prison Ministry
Arkansas Faith Leaders: Remember Prisoners, Engage in Prison Ministry

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Arkansas' Catholic, Lutheran and Episcopal bishops and others are calling people of faith across the state to remember an often-overlooked group: prisoners.

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Faith and Prisons Documentary to Be Screened at Texas Baptists' Annual Meeting
Faith and Prisons Documentary to Be Screened at Texas Baptists' Annual Meeting
By: EthicsDaily Staff
EthicsDaily.com's faith and prisons documentary, will be screened on Nov. 17 during the Baptist General Convention of Texas' annual meeting.
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Ruminations from Three Days in Rural Alabama, Mississippi
Ruminations from Three Days in Rural Alabama, Mississippi
By: Robert Parham
The cultural narrative that building prisons builds up the local economy doesn't appear to apply to Alabama's Pickens County. That's just one finding uncovered during a trip to the South.
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Treating People Like People: A Review of
Treating People Like People: A Review of "Through the Door"
By: Mary Adkins
Unless you're prepared to become engaged in the prison community, "Through the Door" is a documentary you probably shouldn't view because you'll be eager to join those in the film who are doing just that.
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Atlanta Cable TV Station to Air New EthicsDaily.com Documentary
Atlanta Cable TV Station to Air New EthicsDaily.com Documentary

By: EthicsDaily Staff
A cable TV station in one of the largest TV markets in the nation will air EthicsDaily.com's new documentary on prisons and faith on May 8, followed by four encore presentations.

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What Institution is the Largest Provider of Mental Health?
What Institution is the Largest Provider of Mental Health?

By: Robert Parham
The U.S. had about 850,000 mental health inpatient beds in 1985. Today, there are only about 50,000 beds. Where are all these patients going? And what can churches do to help?

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Prison and Faith Documentary Draws Positive Reviews Across Ecumenical Community
Prison and Faith Documentary Draws Positive Reviews Across Ecumenical Community
By: EthicsDaily Staff
EthicsDaily.com's new documentary about faith and prisons has received the praise of Christian leaders from several denominations.
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Addressing Recidivism Is a Shared Responsibility
Addressing Recidivism Is a Shared Responsibility

By: Robert Parham
As recidivism rates go up, prisons are costing more and failing society. But they are not the only ones that are failing society. Too few churches have prioritized a commitment atop Jesus' moral agenda - prisons.

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American Baptists Encourage Churches to Visit Prisoners
American Baptists Encourage Churches to Visit Prisoners
By: Stan Moody
The American Baptist Churches Home Mission Societies has taken the bold step of encouraging its 5,300 congregations to live out Jesus' mandate to visit those in U.S. jails and prisons.
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Who Is Virginia's First Family of Corrections?
Who Is Virginia's First Family of Corrections?
By: Cliff Vaughn
If there were such a thing as the First Family of Corrections in Virginia, the Myers family, who are featured in EthicsDaily.com's new documentary on faith and prisons, would fit the bill.
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Tweets Accompany Premiere Screening of
Tweets Accompany Premiere Screening of "Through the Door" in Richmond
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Tweets gave EthicsDaily.com readers an inside look at the premiere screening of a new documentary on prisons and faith, held on Feb. 17.
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What Will It Take to Start Thinking About Prison Issues?
What Will It Take to Start Thinking About Prison Issues?

By: Sara Powell
Most of us probably don't think much about prisons or prisoners. Far from being involved, we simply ignore the issue unless it touches us personally in one way or another.

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Most Churches Welcome Anyone – Except This Group
Most Churches Welcome Anyone – Except This Group
By: Chris Smith
Many churches say they welcome anyone, but it's a different story when it comes to released prisoners. They fear that if they open themselves to these citizens, they could do them harm.
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The Next Door – Helping Women in Crisis
The Next Door – Helping Women in Crisis
By: Cliff Vaughn
For more than a decade, The Next Door, an outgrowth of First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville, has helped women emerging from incarceration. It's proven to be a model organization.
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One Way to Let Your Good Works Be Seen
One Way to Let Your Good Works Be Seen
By: Robert Parham
Those involved in prison ministry don't draw attention to their good works. As you'll see in "Through the Door," they give thanks for the privilege to do good works that point toward the Father.
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 New Documentary on Role of Faith in Prisons
New Documentary on Role of Faith in Prisons
By: EthicsDaily.com Staff
"Through the Door," the title of EthicsDaily.com's new documentary, highlights the gate through which Christians walk to visit those in prison and from which emerge those whom Christians should welcome back into society.
 
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Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Baptist of the Year: Linda Leathers
Linda Leathers is EthicsDaily.com's pick as Baptist of the Year for 2013. She is CEO of The Next Door, a ministry that seeks to meet the abundant needs of women released from prison.
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Faith-Based Prisons: More Religion Equals Less Crime?
Faith-Based Prisons: More Religion Equals Less Crime?
Partnerships between religion, government and prison are rapidly increasing. Whether you agree or disagree with faith-based prison programs, they're showing no signs of disappearing.
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What's the Title of the Prison and Faith Documentary?
What's the Title of the Prison and Faith Documentary?
After months of deliberation – and vacillation – the deadline is upon us to put a title on EthicsDaily.com's documentary on prisons and faith. As the editing process draws to a close, it's time to decide.
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British Churches Focus on Prison Ministries
British Churches Focus on Prison Ministries
British churches are concluding Prisons Week, which focuses on the impact of volunteers to lower recidivism rates through mentoring, supporting prisoners' families and contributing to public policy.
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Will You Schedule a Screening of Our Documentary on Prisons and Faith?
Will You Schedule a Screening of Our Documentary on Prisons and Faith?

The premier screening of EthicsDaily.com's documentary on prisons and faith will be held in February 2014. Your church can make a difference by scheduling a screening in your community.

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Unlocking Hope in São Paulo Youth Prisons
Unlocking Hope in São Paulo Youth Prisons
A couple's visit to a youth prison in São Paulo revealed to them the need for a prison ministry. Using drama workshops, they helped the boys see understand their victims viewpoints.
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Worship Grows in New Federal Prison for Women
Worship Grows in New Federal Prison for Women
Inmates overflow the 90-minute worships services at a women's prison in west Alabama. By Christmas, the church anticipates 350 on Sundays, the largest church in the rural area by far.
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Moving Beyond Prison Reform Options of Blaming Society or the Individual
Moving Beyond Prison Reform Options of Blaming Society or the Individual

Many conservative people of faith are involved in prison ministry. But they're far less concerned about where to place the blame than what to do that makes a difference to offenders and their families.

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"Thanks, Chaplain, For Being Here. We Need You."
Many of the inmates at Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women in North Carolina face struggles with drugs and alcohol. They've lost hope, and chaplains there try to help restore it.
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CBF Crowd Gets Sneak Peek at New EthicsDaily Documentary
CBF Crowd Gets Sneak Peek at New EthicsDaily Documentary
Retired warden Vernon Pittman created a scholarship foundation for the offspring of inmates and their victims. His story is one of several told in a new documentary from EthicsDaily.com.
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Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
Collaboration of SBC and CBF Loyalists Hinges on Advancing Common Good
It's good for Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship loyalists to pray for each other, but they can also work together for the common good.
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Skype Interview: Stan Moody on Churches and Prisons
Skype Interview: Stan Moody on Churches and Prisons
The church "is doing virtually nothing" on the prison issue, says a pastor and former maximum-security prison chaplain in a new Skype interview from EthicsDaily.com.
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How One Baptist Pastor Ended Up in Jail
How One Baptist Pastor Ended Up in Jail
How would you feel if your pastor was in jail four times in a year? For First Baptist of Richmond, Va., it's part of their mission to bring the Kingdom of God to their community.
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"Let My People Go! Following Jesus into Our Jails and Prisons"
Many churches have avoided the detailed and dirty business of ministering to prisoners. A new book says it's time for churches to recapture that ministry.
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Released Prisoners Head to Bus Stop, Rummage Through Executed Man's Belongings
Released Prisoners Head to Bus Stop, Rummage Through Executed Man's Belongings
Executed April 9, Rickey Lynn Lewis left behind a few possessions – shoes, slippers, a coffee pot, soap, deodorant, a few clothes. Not much, but they held great value to newly freed prisoners.
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Faith Community Has Significant Role to Play in Prison Reform
Faith Community Has Significant Role to Play in Prison Reform
Over the past two decades, states' expenses on prisons and jails have quadrupled, costing an average of $31,307 per inmate. What role can the faith community play?
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