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  • At one time and from time to time I’ve suspected that many “activists” simply have too much free time or utilize such activities as a socialization and/or “feel good” tool. Perhaps I’m being a “Dick” saying such a thing but having none to spare I can’t say that without also being jealous about it at the same time. 😉

    I am glad, however, to see an upswelling of movement regarding the necessity of prison reform on a national level. Having served (when I had such “free time”) in the service of prison ministry, I have seen first hand some quite troubling aspects of incarceration, particularly with our juveniles, and more particularly with the question of their spiritual development which often exists in a state of vacuum.

    A gauntlet is therefore thrown down before loving and spiritually minded persons to find some involvement “as can” with our incarcerated brothers and sisters in order to first realize their needs and only then try to fill such needs to our best capability. If one regards him/herself as being a spiritual leader, this venue represents the ground zero of our society. That said, never under estimate an inmate in such regard because one just might tiptoe across H2O quite well and teach any of us a thing or two.

    Your first hurdle in this challenge will be with getting the approval of, and with meeting the various qualifications required by the jail, prison or juvenile “correction” facility. A good institution will welcome spiritually focused visitors because they know it has great potential to help some of the individuals you manage to visit. Pagans, good luck with that because, you know… the “witch thing”. A bit of a stealth non-denominational approach might serve better, but that’s another reason to take an activist role. Just remember, it’s not about your own “cause”, it’s about those you’re trying to serve.

    Should any of you be so bold, depending upon where you are it is quite likely that the majority and sometimes the vast majority of those you attempt to bless with a visit in that particular world will be Black or Hispanic. That also is a point of much recently favored activism for which one becomes increasingly qualified. Seriously, do it for the children, both those behind bars as well as those whose parents are locked away.

    Blessed be,
    Lloyd

    April 17, 2015

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