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Jury Duty: Complicity in the Penal System?

The prison system in the United States is a cruel warehousing institution that neither rehabilitates nor protects society. Millions of [鈥

Rob Callard, a member of Charleston (W. Va.) Meeting, attends Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.).


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Peacemakers on Both Sides

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 鈥擬atthew 5:9 Every couple of years as a [鈥

Ken Stalcup is a member of Irvington Meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.


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Nonviolence and Forgiveness in San Quentin Prison

Was he thinking that Jesus spoke of love? Did he remember that the language of love is nonviolence? Maybe he [鈥

Christopher Huneke is a prisoner of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation who spent 15 months based at San Quentin Prison. To beat the crushing isolation, he took up creative nonfiction writing. His last pieces appeared in UUSangha (Fall 2008), in which he wrote about a prisoner's appreciation of melting memories, "Rocky Road," and the relevance of electing a mixed race President to a prisoner who lives in a racially segregated community (American Union'). See <www.christopherhuneke.blog-spot.com >.


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The Ministry of Prison Visitation

The first time I visited the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, one of the prisoners asked me why I [鈥

Amy Runge Gaffney, a longtime Friend, is now a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Chico, Calif. She is a visitor with Prisoner Visitation and Support; see http://www.prisonervisitation.org.


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Meditation as Centering Prayer

Waiting for prisoners to be brought to the chapel from their cell units can be a test of patience on [鈥

Keith R. Maddock is a member of Toronto (Ont.) Meeting.


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The Death of Michael Lambert

On June 8, 2007, the Indianapolis Star reports that the Indiana Parole Board has voted unanimously to deny clemency for [鈥

Ken Stalcup is a member of Irvington (Ind.) Meeting. He was a volunteer chaplain for the Indiana Department of Corrections for five years, and currently volunteers with recently released prisoners and writes letters to current prisoners.


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AVP: An Instrument of Peace

When I became involved with the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP), I had no idea how important the underlying principles [鈥

John A. Shuford, a member of Camden (Del.) Meeting, is coordinator of Alternatives to Violence Project/Delaware, past president of AVP/USA, co-clerk of AVP/USA's International Committee and Reentry Committee, and assistant clerk of AVP International. He has used the AVP method to train departments of corrections staff in several states and for the National Institute of Corrections.


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Naming Our Own Radical Faith

In the Gospel of Matthew, in the record of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches his disciples, saying, 鈥淏lessed [鈥

Emma M. Churchman is a sojourning member at Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Pa.) and a member of Friends Meeting of Washington (D.C.). She was artist in residence at Pendle Hill Quaker center in Wallingford, Pa.


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Reflections from Death Row

How long have you been on Texas death row? I committed this crime in August 1991. I wasn鈥檛 a suspect [鈥

Karl Chamberlain is a prisoner on death row in Texas. He was convicted in 1997 of the murder of Felicia Prechtl on August 2, 1991. He writes that he turned his life over to the will of God on December 1, 1991. He also writes that he has found his spiritual home with Friends, and he has corresponded with several individuals. Three of his poems have been published this year inFriends Journal, two in January and one in February. The questions and answers here are modified from his recollection of an earlier interview he did. His scheduled execution date, originally set for February 21, has been withdrawn pending U.S. Supreme Court decision.


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Summer Doldrums Blown Away

Even knowing from experience that 鈥渢he Spirit can live in the jails,鈥 as George Fox once remarked, there are hot [鈥

Keith R. Maddock is a member of Toronto (Ont.) Meeting.


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