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By William H. Barnwell, Jed Horne

During this stirring publication, William H. Barnwell tells the tales of criminal inmates and the Kairos legal Ministry volunteers who paintings with them. Set ordinarily on the large Louisiana kingdom prison at Angola, Barnwell's narrative illustrates how offenders who've performed the worst can and do swap, changing into version inmates and, if published, effective voters. The tales additionally show how Kairos volunteers have chanced on therapeutic for damaged hearts.

Given that the U.S. incarcerates extra humans in line with capita than any nation on the earth, reformers are looking for greatly new how you can decrease our criminal populations. Kairos volunteers and inmates alike have a lot to give a contribution to the continuing reform discussions. Now serving three hundred kingdom and federal prisons, 30,000 Kairos volunteers paintings with 20,000 inmates every year. They participate in lengthy weekend retreats with the inmates and stick with up with usual felony visits. given that its starting in 1976, Kairos has served over 250,000 inmates. Broad-based, nondenominational, and nonjudgmental Christian, Kairos seeks to hold out its slogan--"listen, hear, love, love"-- between inmates who've had few to hear them, and less nonetheless to like them.

In referred to as to Heal the Brokenhearted are tales of indisputable redemption. They aspect tips on how to own transformation for the inmates and the volunteers. One Kairos inmate speaks of the switch this fashion: he makes guitars out of the great wooden "hidden underneath the skin" of throwaway pianos. "I locate my paintings really fulfilling," he says. "I see myself in each piano, discarded through society yet redeemed and positioned to exploit in a brand new way."

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And they don’t have to use the J word or the C word all the time, if they use those words at all. Oftentimes Muslims and on occasion Jews, Buddhists, and atheists participate in Kairos. I love the Kairos approach; even in prison, people coming from entirely different places can find a life together. In St. Paul’s words: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). I like to take those words further: in Christ not everyone has to be a Christian, for we can all be one, in the love of Christ.

In the fall of 2002 DOCC was introduced to Angola as a follow-up to Kairos (which had begun there nine years earlier). That spring, it produced the first class of graduates, some of whom have facilitated the DOCC program ever since. Cindy Obier, a deacon in the Episcopal Church from Baton Rouge, helped start the DOCC program at Angola and still leads it, twelve years later. She became interested in offering DOCC after she had been active in Kairos at our state’s women’s prison, the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW), known as St.

Whether you agreed or disagreed, you could take what was said back to the dorm with you and think it over and toss out what you don’t agree with and learn from what you do agree with. The DOCC program allows people to come together, from all different viewpoints and personality types, and sit down at a table in a nonthreatening situation and to be heard. We learned the art of active listening, what we now call “sacred listening” because when you really listen to another person, you make that person a special gift.

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