Prison ministry: On judgment, punishment and forgiveness

Published 8:30 pm Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Reverends Pam and Brian Crissey

Reverends Pam and Brian Crissey

This Sunday, Aug. 7, the Tryon Unitarian Universalist Fellowship welcomes the Reverends Pam and Brian Crissey to its pulpit.

Judgment and punishment are key factors that explain why the U.S. has more inmates per capita than almost every other country. Judgment is almost always unreliable because we can never know when we have the full story. Forgiveness, which Jesus said is essential, is often lacking, both for those in prison and for those who have served their time.

These issues have compelled Reverends Pam and Brian Crissey to develop the Prison Light Program, which sends good reading material to prisoners who seek to become more enlightened. Members and friends of TBUUF have assisted in collecting and distributing more than 100 books that bring light into dark prisons across this nation.

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Pam and Brian Crissey are both ministers with The Alliance of Divine Love, an interfaith ministry whose motto is “to go through life in the greatest degree of love.” They were led into this prison ministry through their publishing business many years ago.

The Thermal Belt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship meets at 10:30 a.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month. Services are held at 835 N. Trade St. in Tryon. The fellowship welcomes all regardless of their spiritual path, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Coffee, snacks and fellowship are available after the service.

For more information about the fellowship call 828-513-0570 or follow TBUUF on Facebook.

– article submitted by Phil Nungesser