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.

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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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