project to the world outside prison the privileged insights of chaplains.
Prisons are places where superficialities are swept aside, revealing human characteristics
in exaggerated form. They are crucibles, testing the strength and significance
of any faith message. Many around the world believe that they are exceptionally
privileged to work pastorally in a prison. Justice Reflections aims therefore
to reveal cumulatively how theological insights of prison chaplains can help everyone
reflect more hopefully on painful human experience. The objectivity of theological
reflection in this context might also help people at large understand better how
they have come to where they are and how they might progress from here.
develop a publication that strikes a balance between the too academic and
the too simplistic and that accumulates over time a unique repository of theological
papers relevant to law and order. Although many write on these matters of justice,
no one has previously attempted to collect and present such papers on a regular
basis in diverse and assimilable form. Ron Nikkel, President of Prison Fellowship
International, has said:
'Justice Reflections fills a vacuum'.
To stimulate people in prison
ministry to think more widely about the context of their work. Any job in
law and order can be cloistered and mentally confining. Conversely theological
thinking can be cosmic and liberating!
establish wide readership within the justice system. Since it was established
this publication has developed links in many countries with hundreds of people
concerned about the implementation of justice. Justice Reflections
highlights inspirational work among victims and offenders and aims to help people
working in law and order to embrace tensions.
receive scripts from anyone willing to submit them to the editor.
Original and classic scripts from the past will be welcomed.
be open to insights from all faiths.
respond to the need for theological stimulus among those connected with victims
and offenders in parts of the world where working conditions are often utterly
brutalising. Colleagues surviving in such circumstances can, for their part,
share important insights through this publication.