International Prison Chaplains' Association is a network of prison chaplains
committed to the spiritual and social care of people in conflict with the law.
Founded in 1985 in Bossey, Switzerland, it seeks to unite, encourage and equip
chaplains around the world. It is interested in human rights, criminal justice
issues and indigenous development as well as in training and support through conferences
The IPCA logo depicts prison
bars broken by the cross of reconciliation and intersected by the rays of God's
spirit comforting the world.
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The Reverend Dr. Dwight Cuff
I greatly appreciate and value "Justice Reflections".
I remember when Alan Duce came to the IPCA steering committee when the publication
was just an idea. At the next meeting we had the privilege of reviewing
what would become the first edition. Now it is a piece of mail that many
of us look forward to receiving three times a year. As a Director, I make sure
that the prison chaplains I supervise have a yearly subscription to Justice Reflections.
Justice Reflections assists IPCA in achieving
an important aspect of its mission statement: equipping prison chaplains throughout
our global network. Much of correctional work is about standing orders, strategic
plans and corporate objectives. Justice Reflections creates
an opportunity for readers to gain new perspectives. The authors of
the articles come from diverse countries and experiences. This
helps the readers expand their vision and think about experiences of justice and
injustice beyond their own.
My assistant and
wife, Dr. Faith Auton-Cuff, also values and celebrates Justice Reflections. It
has her wholehearted endorsement.
I am grateful
to Pip Duce, Terry Nowell, Keith Jobling and Vivian Bowtell for their vision and
commitment to Justice Reflections.
The Reverend Birgitta Winberg
Past President of IPCA
"But let justice roll
on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!"
and righteousness go hand in hand. To believe in a good God means incorporating
a belief in the humane and just treatment of human beings who are made in the
image of God.
The words Mercy , Forgiveness and Redemption are used in
both Christian theology and Civil law. Both disciplines must be in dialogue with
each other. Justice Reflections is one of the few places in which this dialogue
can take place.
The International Prison Chaplains' Association's (IPCA)
aim is to encourage, equip and unite prison chaplains throughout the world. May
"Justice Reflections" long continue to support this aim.
"Justice Reflections" wholeheartedly to everyone involved in pastoral care, justice
and human rights.
in Godīs service
The Reverend Dr. Pierre Allard
President of IPCA
Judy & Pierre Allard
come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, specially
2 Timothy 4:13
ages, every visionary mission has been sustained with both cloaks for the body
and parchments for the mind. Working with prisoners and their families is a truly
missionary enterprise requiring vision. To become acquainted with prisons is to
discover the many faces of evil and of the power of the Good News of hope and
victory. Such a vision must be nurtured, challenged and enlightened.
It is for the prison chaplains of the world, men and women of courage and indomitable
spirit, that the IPCA Worldwide Steering Committee asked Canon Alan Duce and volunteers
in Lincoln to launch Justice Reflections, a Christian
reflection on matters of justice.
interest in Justice Reflections is valued. It is meant
to be passed on to reach around the world. It is IPCAs humble contribution
in scrolls and parchments to nurturing and encouraging prison chaplains
and those involved in issues of justice and pastoral care everywhere.
Commission for Catholic Prison Pastoral Care is a worldwide association in
the Catholic Church. Its roots were established in 1950 at a congress in Rome
convoked by the then Secretary of State at the Vatican, later Pope Paul VI. ICCPPC
now has clerical and lay representatives in more than a hundred countries encouraging
awareness of the importance of prison pastoral care. It is a Non-Governmental
Organisation collaborating with international organisations with similar aims
in defending human rights.
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Message from the President
Dr Christian Kuhn
is a joint publication by three organisations: IPCA (The International Prison
Chaplains' Association), PFI (Prison Fellowship International), ICCPPC (The International
Commission of Catholic Prison Pastoral Care). All these organisations have their
own identity, history and theological background. Nevertheless, they work - like
other organisations such as Caritas International or San Egidio - in the area
of prison pastoral care. They join together whenever appropriate, as in the fight
against capital punishment, in the promotion of restorative justice, and - last
but not least - in the publication of "Justice Reflections".
Fellowship International is the global association of national Prison Fellowship
organisations. These organisations are national Christian ministries responding
to the needs of prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims and those affected by crime.
All national Prison Fellowship organisations work through Christian communities
mobilising ministry to prisoners, ex-prisoners, victims and their families as
well as advancing the principles of restorative justice.
Message from the President of PFI
not only serves as a unifying vehicle between our three organisations but fills
a much needed vacuum of thoughtful reflection and reading in regard to prison
and criminal justice ministry. I really appreciate all that is being done to make
Justice Reflections such a meaningful and thought provoking journal.
I have spoken to many around the world who greatly value the input they receive
through Justice Reflections.