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One man’s journey to reclaim his life: Dewey Bozella

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Main Blog | Comments Off on One man’s journey to reclaim his life: Dewey Bozella

This video is a bit long but this is a wonderfully told story of how one man found peace in the strangest of places.

Dewey Bozella was locked up for 26 years – a lifetime – for a crime he did not commit. This story is about the triumph of human spirit and living proof of the maxim: “never give up”. One man’s journey to reclaim his life, against all odds; a man fighting his biggest fight outside the boxing ring without any hatred or bitterness towards the system. Dewey Bozella – courageous, persistent, human and finally…free

Video from KarmaTube

Helping others to Die with Dignity

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Main Blog | Comments Off on Helping others to Die with Dignity

“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.”― Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

Below is a story of compassion and empathy. I have had the honour of knowing Dan for a number of years and I find him to be a person who can live in awe at what the marginalize have to carry and not in judgement about how they carry it.

In this short 4 minute video you will see how the folks at the Peterborough Community Chaplaincy help men to die with dignity. It fits well with our theme of late on death and dying.

 

Click here for the article on the ministry of Dan and the others of the Peterborough Community Chaplaincy.

Quotes of Hope

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Main Blog | Comments Off on Quotes of Hope

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To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.
Lewis B. Smedes

 

 

Quotes of Hope

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Main Blog | Comments Off on Quotes of Hope

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“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails.

A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”

Nelson Mandela

 

Quotes of Hope

Posted by on Apr 24, 2014 in Main Blog | Comments Off on Quotes of Hope

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“For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.”

Psalm 69:33

The Resurrection Goes On! By Harry Nigh

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Featured, Main Blog | Comments Off on The Resurrection Goes On! By Harry Nigh

Timothy BreakfastOn  Saturday April 19th my friend Timothy and folks from Nazareth Gospel Temple hosted a  first-ever breakfast for their community in the east end of Scarborough that includes the hotels along Kingston Road where some of our poorest neighbours live.

It was Timothy’s dream that his church should reach out to hurting people around them.

I ate breakfast beside Merna who left her grown sons and grandchildren in Bathurst, New Brunswick to pursue the good life in Toronto. She walked across the road after Timothy knocked on her door with an invitation to come for breakfast.

I’ve known Timothy in darker times just after he got out of prison for the second time. He’s known more than his share of abandonment and caused more than his share of pain. After a fellow prisoner at the Toronto East Detention Centre told him about Jesus, he has clung to his faith in Christ even in the darkest times.

Seeing him Saturday was like a pre-Easter resurrection … one of a long line of resurrections in his life…. from a boyhood filled with a desperate struggle to survive the streets of Detroit to this day… giving his neighbourhood a wonderful breakfast.

We have days when we sadly watch as friends return to the tomb of prison. But we also see resurrections too.

On May 23rd our Toronto Dismas Fellowship will celebrate men and women who have left prison behind and are rebuilding their life in freedom. Come if you can. Say hello to Timothy. It will be a great night!

We also ask you to pray for resurrection of our community chaplaincy ministry in the Toronto-Hamilton area. Correctional Services Canada has stopped funding community chaplaincy in this area for both the men and women’s work, except for the work of my friend, Imam Habeeb Alli with the Islamic chaplaincy.

But Mennonite Central Committee is committed to raising funds for the Women’s ministry and Friends of Dismas is supporting the community chaplaincy with men.

So we have brushed off a tin cup and you may find us outside your church someday asking for help so that this vibrant community of hope can continue to engage people of faith with those who have been touched by crime.

Even resurrections can’t be done alone!

Toronto Dismas Fellowship Dates for 2014 are now available

Posted by on Dec 1, 2013 in Main Blog | Comments Off on Toronto Dismas Fellowship Dates for 2014 are now available

Dismas Fellowship LOGOIt is hard to believe that we are into our 11th year of the Dismas Fellowship in Toronto. We are thankful for the gift of community that has been made possible by our many volunteers and the good people of Walmer Baptist Church.

Here are our dates for 2014:

January           10, 24

February         7, 21

March             7, 21

April               4, 18(Good Friday)

May                  9, 23

June                 6, 20

July                 18

August            15

September       12, 26

October           3, 24

November       7, 21

December       12 (Christmas)

As is our custom, we welcome folks around 5:30pm with dinner served at 6:00pm followed by our sharing circle. Please feel free to bring along a dessert to share with the community.

We look forward to another year of friendship and fellowship at Dismas in Toronto.

Re-Visioning Community Chaplaincy Conference Agenda

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Main Blog | Comments Off on Re-Visioning Community Chaplaincy Conference Agenda

AgendaFor those of you attending the upcoming Re-Visioning Community Chaplaincy Conference at Acadia we look forward to our time together.

Please click on Conference Agenda Handout for a printer friendly copy of the schedule which as all things in life is subject to change.

If you have any other questions please feel free to get in touch with us.

We look forward to seeing you this week.

Lorraine Street

Community Chaplaincy Conference 2013

[email protected]

902-585-2220