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"We Are Witnesses," and a few updates

First things first: Our next meeting normally would be scheduled for September 9; however, that's the morning when we'll be having a special coffee hour to bless the newly renovated lower level, so our next meeting will be September 16, at 11:30 in the Lichtenberger Room. Hope to see everyone there! Thank you to those who attended Sunday's meeting! For those who couldn't make it, the series of videos we watched — "We Are Witnesses," produced by the Marshall Project — is available freely online at https://www.themarshallproject.org/witnesses. These videos are 2 to 6 minutes in length and feature people who have been involved in the criminal justice system in some way telling their own stories

Thank you, everyone!

Thank you to everyone who attended our inaugural meeting on Sunday! It was fascinating and inspiring to hear about what brought people to the group, and I hope we have many more such conversations going forward. Our tentative plan at the end of the meeting was to meet every two weeks, at least initially — which would leave our next meeting scheduled for August 26. We'll adjust things as needed as we begin to schedule guest speakers. Right now I want to share something that had been in my "to watch/listen to/read" queue for a while and has now entered my "beg others to watch/listen to/read" queue. I don't know how many of you are familiar with the Jesuit publication America, but I receive the

First Meeting: Sunday, August 12

The first meeting of the prison ministry group at St. Paul's will meet in the Lichtenberger Room after the 10:00 am service on Sunday, August 12. This will be a general introductory meeting with the goals of talking about our own interests in and experiences with prison ministry and becoming familiar with some of the many other types of outreach in which other groups are involved. Also at this meeting: If you've borrowed one of the books we made available a few weeks ago, we'd love to hear your thoughts about it. There are still a few available, including a couple copies of The Sun Does Shine, by Anthony Ray Hinton, which I can't recommend highly enough. Hope to see you Sunday!


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