Prisonist.org: Edited by Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, Executive Director of Family ReEntry, serving the CT Criminal Justice Community & Co-Founder of Progressive Prison Ministries, the First Ministry in the U.S. Created to Support Individuals, Families & Organizations with White-Collar and Other Nonviolent Incarceration Issues.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Upcoming Events & Annoucements

 

Progressive Prison Project

Innocent Spouse & Children Project

Greenwich, Connecticut

Upcoming Events &
 Announcements

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First Congregational Church of Danbury, Sun., Mar. 16th

First Congregational Church of Danbury, Sun., Mar. 16th
Please join us as Jeff and Lynn will be Guest Preaching and giving a seminar after the service relating to their work at the Innocent Spouse & Children Project. Danbury is the only city in Connecticut that hosts a Federal Prison. The Federal Correctional Institution, Danbury is a low-security United States federal prison for female inmates - a major controversy has arisen recently since a plan has been approved to move these female inmates to other locations far away from their families. First Congregational Church of Danbury, 164 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury, CT, Click image for details.

Faith Beyond Bars & Beyond Conference, Sat., April 5th, 9 am

Faith Beyond Bars & Beyond Conference, Sat., April 5th, 9 am
Please join us as Jeff will be a Panelist at the Faith Beyond Bars & Beyond Conference, Christ Church Cathedral, 45 Church St., Hartford, CT

Bridgeport Reentry Roundtable, White-Collar Panel, Parole Office, Bridgeport, CT, Thurs., Apr. 17th

Bridgeport Reentry Roundtable, White-Collar Panel, Parole Office, Bridgeport, CT, Thurs., Apr. 17th
Please join us as Jeff will be moderating a panel of white-collar experts and persons affected by white collar crime. Our special guest panelist will be Forbes white-collar reporter/columnist Walt Pavlo. Click image for details.

Wheaton College, Illinois, IMPACT 2014, May 30th, 10 am

Wheaton College, Illinois, IMPACT 2014, May 30th, 10 am
Please join us at the CMCA Correctional Ministry Summit, Wheaton College, IL., May 29th - 31st. Click image for full list of workshops & presenters, and to register.

First Church of Christ, Congregational, Middletown, CT, Sun., June 22nd

First Church of Christ, Congregational, Middletown, CT, Sun., June 22nd
Many thanks to our friend and Jeff's classmate at Union Theological Seminary, Rev. Julia Burkey, for the kind invitation to Guest Preach on this Sunday in June. Please join us. Click image for

 

Jan. '14: George Hritz, Esq. Joins Our Ministries As Counsel

Jan. '14: George Hritz, Esq. Joins Our Ministries As Counsel
We are honored to announce that George F. Hritz, Esq. has joined our Ministries as Counsel/Liaison to the Legal Community. George will, among other things, be seeking relationships with attorneys, firms, law schools, and other affiliates with whom we can partner in ministering to and advocating for the rights of families of people accused or convicted of white-collar and other nonviolent crimes. George has been serving as lead-attorney on our "innocent spouse lead case" in the Federal Courts, along with a brilliant team of lawyers, advocates and ministers. Thank you George for all of your service to those suffering in silence in our communities. George continues his distinguished 40+ year career in NYC-based litigation, general counsel representation and justice work as he joins us in our calling. Click photo for George's bio.

Jan. '14: Jesus Saves Ministries of Bridgeport, CT Becomes Our Next "Affiliate Church"!

Jan. '14: Jesus Saves Ministries of Bridgeport, CT Becomes Our Next "Affiliate Church"!
We are proud to announce that Bishop Shane Gaskins and Pastor Angela Gaskins have agreed that Jesus Saves Ministries has become our next "Affilate Church." We are blessed to now be providing prison ministry services to their church, as it joins our community along with our Home and Affiliate Churches, Christ Church Greenwich and First Baptist Church of Bridgeport. Click image for more info on Jesus Saves Ministries.

Feb '14: Cathedral of Praise C.O.G.I.C. of Bridgeport Becomes Our Newest Affiliate Church!

Feb '14: Cathedral of Praise C.O.G.I.C. of Bridgeport Becomes Our Newest Affiliate Church!
We are pleased to announce that Bishop J.C. White has agreed that Cathedral of Praise will become our newest Affiliate Church. We are blessed to now be providing prison ministry services to their church, as it joins our community along with our Home and Affiliate Churches, Christ Church Greenwich, First Baptist Church of Bridgeport & Jesus Saves Ministries. Click image for more info on Cathedral of Praise.

Feb. ’14: The Bridgeport Pardons Assistance Project now at pardonsproject.org!

The Bridgeport Pardons Assistance Project has joined our larger pardons advocacy network, pardonsproject.org. It is now an even more vital resource for Fairfield County in combating poverty - from the first day of an ex-offender’s release from prison through a Culture of Pardons: public service, volunteerism, goodness, dedication, forgiveness, grace, discipline, faith, and family. Thanks to ABCUSA and Pastor Hopeton Scott, we have a grant of $4000 to reimburse client pardon expenses. For more information: jgrant@pardonsproject.org.

Forbes Article About Our Ministries

Forbes Article About Our Ministries
"Starting a Discussion on White Collar Crime & Recovery," by Walt Pavlo. Walt is one of the few reporter/commentators on the national white-collar beat who has been evenhanded, fair and not sensationalized. Click Image for Link.

The Nantcket Project Video

The Nantcket Project Video
So proud of Elizabeth Vargas of ABC News and her courage to admit: 'I am an alcoholic' on Good Morning America. At The Nantucket Project 2013, Jeff revealed his own journey of addiction to prescription painkillers, prison for a white-collar crime, and redemption through faith and service before a group of 600+ eminent and accomplished visionaries, thinkers, innovators and performers. Thank you Elizabeth for taking this giant step for yourself and our great community.Click Image to view Video.

"1 Corinthians 1:18-31: Forgiveness and The Innocent Spouse & Children Project."

"1 Corinthians 1:18-31: Forgiveness and The Innocent Spouse & Children Project."
NEW! Jeff & Lynn Testify at Christ Church Greenwich, CT, Feb. 2, 2014. Click image for the audio recording of our sermon at Christ Church Greenwich. People in attendance have told us that it was one of the most surprising moments in church they have ever witnessed. Please tell us what you think!

Greenwich Leadership Forum Video

Greenwich Leadership Forum Video
David Miller, Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative, interviewed Jeff before a gathering of 200+ leaders dedicated to ethical business practices. Dec. '13. Click image to view Video.

Absolute Return/Hedgefund Intelligence Interview

Absolute Return/Hedgefund Intelligence Interview
"Helping hedge Funders Cope With Prison: A Q&A with the Director of Greenwich-based Progressive Prison Project," by Lawrence Delevingine. This is the interview that brought our new form of prison ministry to national attention! Click image to view.

OSCARS ALERT: The Wolf of Wall Street On Christmas Day: The Wolf, Sheep & Goats: Matt 25:31-46

OSCARS ALERT: The Wolf of Wall Street On Christmas Day: The Wolf, Sheep & Goats: Matt 25:31-46
There has been a lot of controversy over this movie, its depiction of white-collar criminals, and its failure to compassionately speak to families and other victims. Forbes reviewer Mark Hughes did an excellent job of discussing all the issues evenhandedly. Click image for our comments and Mark's replies.
 

The Art of Surviving Prison Workshops

The Art of Surviving Prison Workshops offer hope and inspiration to anyone in need of a second chance in life. They are a cautionary tale to fast-paced professionals and families of what happens when we put our drive to make money before ethics and compassion. They also provide lessons in how anyone can survive and succeed the prison journey and come out the other side with a happier, more faithful life. Blended with specific and graphic details about living conditions, survival skills and spirituality learned inside modern day prisons, these lessons can and should be applied to everybody's life. Please contact us to discuss these workshops for your organization or group.

Some Comments from Linked In: 

After serving 15+ years inside some of America's bloodiest prisons in America, in 2006 I emerged on fire with the HOLY SPIRIT and blessed to be driven to use every bit of my REAL LIFE experience to HELP youth, families and communities.
GOD has blessed me beyond measure, you can GOOGLE my name and read some of what GOD is doing and has done and how He can use even the least of us.
I am nothing without Him and now He is using me as I strive to reach out to those impacted, effected and involved in gang and criminal lifestyles.
GOD ordained me while still in prison but recently I was blessed to receive my ordination credentials, and in 2009 FIERCE YOUTH OUTREACH was established. A gang Intervention outreach ministry.
Communities all over the U.S. are impacted and hurting and yet much of our society is not willing to SUPPORT such a ministry as one that is for reaching those getting out of prison or heading that way or TROUBLED YOUTH.
FIERCE YOUTH OUTREACH is SELF-SUPPORTING we don't want donations but we are PRAYERFUL AND TRUSTING we are making divine connections with PRAYER WARRIORS....
By Brandon Duncan


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Thank You,
Saretha Copelin, Managing Director,
By Saretha Copelin

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Progressive Prison Project/
Innocent Spouse & Children Project

Rev. Jeff Grant, JD, M Div, Director
Christ Church Greenwich

254 East Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA 06830
(o) +1203.769.1096
(m) +1203.339.5887
jgrant@pppx.org
jg3074@columbia.edu


Lynn Springer, Advocate
lspringer@innocentspousechildrenproject.org
(m) +1203.536.5508

Affiliates:

First Baptist Church of Bridgeport

126 Washington Avenue, 1st Floor
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA 06604

Jesus Saves Ministries
784 Connecticut Avenue
Bridgeport. CT, 06607


Cathedral of Praise C.O.G.I.C. Int'l
45 Gregory Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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