Service: Prisoners Doing Ministry

Some time ago I heard a story about a visitor to a Quaker meeting. After a while the visitor leaned over to an old‐timer and whispered in his ear, “When does the service start?” The old‐timer replied, “When we leave here.” Being in prison for the last 18 years has helped me to understand that we are doing ministry or service when we have a positive outlook toward the world and those around us. This is pretty straightforward, but it is very important, especially in prison. When a person acknowledges the harm which he/she🔒

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John Mandala is clerk of the Sing Sing Worship Group in Ossining, New York.

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