Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Quilt Auction

The energy was truly amazing on Saturday at the Annual Quilt Auction. The colors and textures were vibrant. This kind of event gives us the emotional and spiritual energy to do the work we do. When people care enough to create and donate works of art we bring that hope back into this jail and to the people who need it the most. peace, Julia

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April 5

We completed this session of our  Women's Spirituality Group. It is wonderful to be with women who come in taking responsibility for their mistakes and who are ready to do something different and new with their lives. Women who commit to this group seem to be in this emotional and spiritual place in their lives. A shared theme of this session was forgiveness; how to forgive, themselves as well as those that have hurt them. Each woman identified it as a current spiritual concern in their lives.  This is a final reflection from one young woman:  "I've learned it is better to forgive than not forgive because not forgiving keeps me  stuck. Forgiving allows me to move forward. I want to continue to move forward, especially on God's path of forgiveness. I can't expect forgiveness if I am not not willing to give forgiveness."  Amen.