Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

Community Building: Resiliency Across Sectors

How effective are prison ministries at addressing mental health problems of prisoners during and after their incarceration?

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Wednesday June 19, 12:00-1:30 pm

Krannert Hall, Indiana Interchurch Center
1100 W. 42nd St.


Panelists will address what their faith journeys and faith practice means to them in the context of prison ministry, as well as whether/how they have experienced the reality that the criminal justice system is the largest mental health care provider in the state of Indiana.

Barbara George — After I sat my first 10-day Vipassana Course in 1990, and watched videos of the impact this practice had on inmates, I became convinced that meditation would provide more benefit than harm to those who were facing or experiencing incarceration.  

Pam Hinkle — Pam is currently the Director of the Spirit & Place Festival. With 30 years of nonprofit management experience and 20 years as a choral conductor, Pam has lived her life at the intersection of the arts, religion, and civic life. She leads a Solstice service for prisoners.

Imam Ismail Abdul-Aleem — Imam of Masjid Mumineen and Indiana Department of Corrections Prison Chaplain.

Bob Tharp at St. Luke’s United Methodist — “I help facilitate a Chapel inside the Hamilton County Jail each Wednesday and, along with a few other men from St. Luke’s, am interested in having St. Luke’s establish a Re-Entry Ministry for incarcerated persons who have served their sentence and been released.”

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