On December 17, 2013, I got an email that was hardly routine - one that sparked a journey toward the newly accredited Calvin Prison Initiative.
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March 12, 2013
The Washington Post theories of why crime is declining include tougher policing, abortion and even the elimination of lead in gasoline and paint. In his post on Think Christian, H. David Schuringa states that in the past 20 years while Crossroad Bible Institute has flourished, crime rates have seen a downward trend. Take a look at " Could This Be Partly Why Crime is in Decline? " Is it possible that church engagement with prison ministry could be a better solution to crime than we ever imagined?
January 8, 2013
I just finished rereading the article, " Can Forgiveness Pay a Role in Criminal Justice " published by the New York Times on January 4, 2013, and am truly amazed and impressed how two families were able to deal with a violent crime through forgiveness and the use of restorative justice principles at a very trying emotional time as well as in a very difficult legal environment. The victim's parents' desire to forgive the offender, their daughter's boyfriend, led to this restorative use of the pre-plea conference, the only avenue open to restorative conferencing. In restorative justice, the...
January 7, 2013
New Life will host an Open House on February 10, 2013. And you are invited! The open house will celebrate New Life's 2nd anniversary. It will be held at the Calvary Christian Reformed Church Youth House in Pella, IA that Sunday afternoon from 3pm to 5pm. Come for the fun! Come for the food! Come for the fellowship! And celebrate what God has been doing in New Life Prison Community for the last two years! God is Good....All the Time! And all the time...God is Good! For more details visit: http://newlifeprisonchurch.blogspot.com/2013/01/open-house.html
April 6, 2011
In case you missed it, here's a powerful story of restoration from the CRC Newsroom: Ross Hayes speaks to church groups about spending 35 years in prison for murder and how he eventually made peace with family members, especially a nephew, of the woman he killed by shoving a knife into her stomach during a botched robbery. Read story... Note that you can subscribe to the weekly CRC News email to get a recap of all the newsroom stories each week.
April 5, 2011
Hear a perspective on reducing prison spending in Michigan. You are invited to Church of the Servant, 3835 Burton, Grand Rapids on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, where Barb Levine, executive director of Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending (CAPPS - www.capps-mi.org ), will speak at 7 p.m. CAPPS, a non-profit public policy organization concerned about Michigan’s excessive use of punitive strategies rather than preventive ones to deal with crime an its impact on our quality of life, examines policies and advocates shifting resources to services that prevent crime, rehabilitate offenders...
November 19, 2010
Let's share some stories! Here's one about Celebration Fellowship that appeared in the newsletter of the Great Lakes region of Home Missions: Celebration Fellowship is a church plant located in the Bellamy Creek Correctional Center in Ionia, Michigan. The "brothers" from Celebration Fellowship wrote a note to Richard DeVos, to thank him for his book, "Ten Powerful Phrases for Positive People" and asked him to come and speak to them. Their letter included these three paragraphs: As Christians participating in a Bible study structured around the principles advanced in your book, we considered...
November 12, 2010
This summer, USA Today did a story about the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative. The article is really worth reading , as are many of the comments. They also posted a video on their website, which I learned about because it features some people from my church! I'm curious, what are other churches doing in this area of ministry? Let's get some stories going in this new section of The Network! Here's the video from USAToday.com (including, of course, their advertisement!). Add your comments below...