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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Going Up The Country, By Jeff Grant

Progressive Prison Project
Innocent Spouse & Children Project
Greenwich, Connecticut
 
 
Going Up The Country
 
By Jeff Grant 


Sat., Oct. 26th, Weston, CT:  Up again way too early this morning - I can't believe it's already been a month since The Nantucket Project and I haven't posted a word of my own on this blog... 
 
Maybe it's blog burn-out?  It was certainly a labor of love banging out daily blog posts from Nantucket (thank you to all our friends who texted & emailed us back your thoughts & comments, very much appreciated as always!).  Or, maybe, it's just that Lynn and I just haven't slowed down a bit.  We've been busy (probably too busy). 

We've moved. Yep, after almost thirty years in Greenwich/Rye - the last nine years together - Lynn & I have pulled up stakes and we've gone up the country.  Weston, Connecticut is not so far from Greenwich, but many of our dearest friends live there so of course we are sad to leave you.  But we have still have ministries in Greenwich so we will see you.  As you know, we have ministries in Bridgeport - and we travel pretty much all over the state on any given day - so Weston is a much more central location  (and we've already discovered local budget eating like Orem's Diner and take home from Peter's - more suggestions are welcomed).  Please call & visit soon.  
 
Last Weds. evening we held the first "The Art of Surviving Prison" Workshop at The First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan - Lynn, Lynn's mom Mimi (visiting from Mesa, AZ), and our friends Maria & Dan were there in support.  It was part of a Weds. evening Religion & Race Adult Education series run by the church - there was a really terrific turnout of people from church and community who were very interested in prison issues and social justice.  Thanks to Rev. Paul Gilmore for the invitation and hospitality. 
 
We've been to all sorts of interesting places - the Family ReEntry Benefit was a smash!  Our thanks to Tony Kiniry for inviting us to the dedication of Pivot Ministries' new house on the East Side of Bridgeport (we caught up with Mayor Bill Finch there too!)  Pivot & the Prison Ministries of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport have collaborated on a couple of projects recently.  We together brought a Faith-based ATR-III site to Bridgeport (it's now open at Pivot) and we started a new Alcoholics Anonymous meeting every Wednesday at noon at the church, 126 Washington Ave. All good stuff.
 
Our thanks to Tina Daniels for the invite to the Women's Prison Assn. Dinner at the Central Park Boathouse.  It was inspiring to hear the stories of women ex-offenders who have been helped by this important organization.  And we finally got to meet Piper Kerman too, a trailblazer in public awareness of our mission!  Piper alert number two: Community Partners in Action will be hosting Piper as the speaker on December 12th at Hartford Stage - I'm looking forward to being with her again and hearing her important message. 
 
The morning after Piper, on Dec. 13th at 6:30 am, we will back in Greenwich at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club for the Greenwich Leadership Forum.  David Miller, the Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative hosts GLF - he will be interviewing me in front of this gathering of good people who have committed to ethical business practices.  David is a beautiful, righteous man and reverend - for example, he took the train up from Princeton at his own expense to give the Homily at our dear friend Bob Lister's funeral.  I'd better be on my toes that early in the morning - David asks probing and evocative questions. 
 
Last, but certainly not least, after moving, we are getting to spend some quality time with friends and family.  This weekend we are going up to Saratoga to be with family; next weekend I will be officiating at the wedding of dear college friends' children (yep, we're that old) and then a visit to Florida to be with more family.  We feel blessed to be living a life of service and abundance. 
 
May God bless you and keep you always. 
 
___________________

Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div
Director, Progressive Prison Project/
Innocent Spouse & Children Project
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Assoc. Minister/
Director of Prison Ministries
First Baptist Church of Bridgeport
126 Washington Avenue, 1st Fl.
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA  06604
 
(0) +1203.769.1096
(m) +1203.339.5887
jgrant@progressiveprisonproject.org
jg3074@columbia.edu

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