Posts made in May, 2012

There Was No ‘Other’ Anymore by: Debbie Ackley

Posted by on May 15, 2012

There Was No ‘Other’ Anymore by: Debbie Ackley

On November 17, I read from Born from Silence at two penitentiaries in Gravenhurst, Ontario: Beaver Creek and Fenbrook Institutions during Restorative Justice Week. This year the theme was “Fostering a Restorative World View”. In three of the four readings with inmates and staff (held separately), the reading was done in a circle. I am so grateful to chaplains Harry Nigh, Eusebia da Silva and the chaplains of both institutions: Arn Main; Miles Schell and Abraham Yonas for inviting me to do this.  It was one more layer of healing for me as the men and the staff listened to my story with...

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Our Vision

Posted by on May 10, 2012

Our Vision

To build a community of hope by enabling people of faith  to get involved in creative and healing activities to persons touched by crime.

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Ministry of Friendship

Posted by on May 9, 2012

Ministry of Friendship

The Ministry of Friendship encourages the faithful to extend the hand of friendship and to get involved in a high degree of commitment with an ex-prisoner through fellowship and ‘walking together’.

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“Unleashed” By: Rev. Harry Nigh

Posted by on May 8, 2012

We gathered on a coffee house patio next to the soaring, abstract sculpture of a wind-filled sail beside Hamilton’s harbour. The sculpture is called “Unleashed”. It was here next to this sculpture that we scattered Charlie Taylor’s ashes on the waters of Hamilton Bay after his death 3 years ago. On this day we gathered to mark the 15th anniversary of Charlie’s release from prison and to reflect on the all that has happened in its aftermath.  In June, 1994, Charlie had just finished his seven-year sentence for sexual crimes against children. It was his fourth adult sentence for...

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Remembering Chris-By: Eusebia da Silva

Posted by on May 8, 2012

May 8th 8:36am: Well, I’m sitting in the train station waiting for the ride to Brampton that leaves at 9:15am from here in Kitchener. Thank-you God.   (I feel lighter). Well it’s 9:27am and I’m on the Via Rail, on my way to Brampton. I’ve always loved the sound of a train in the distance. You know, the whistle. It’s really cool to hear the whistle on the train I’m on. Present, no longer off in the distance.  I used to wonder where the train was going. Now, I’m on the train that is whistling, no longer in the distance, and I know where I am going. This prose poem was...

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