communal justice and worship in prisons – an update

a few things coming up…

the newly formed communal justice network from Port Phillip West presbytery will be meeting on July 13 at Marngoneet Prison, near Lara. We’ll be sending information out about this tomorrow to the people who indicated interest at the workshop a few weeks ago. If others from the presbytery are interested in being part of this then let me know. Places are limited on the day – we’re going inside the prison, and we can’t get large numbers in – and we will need to know by the beginning of july.

we came up with an idea while in a meeting this morning. we’re going to give different prison chaplains passages from the gospel of mark [next year’s lectionary gospel] and ask them to reflect on the passages as they speak into prison culture, and what the perspective of prison has to offer the passages, as such. i’m going to spend a day with prison chaplains in october facilitating this – i think we might be able to link it with some of the psalms that have been and are about to be written by people in prison, and some of the liturgies we’ve developed, and create a really useful resource… I’ve also said I’ll do a full easter in the women’s prison next year – Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday. It sounds fantastic in theory, in practice it terrifies me…