Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"Remember those who are in prison"

Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured.
Hebrews 13:3 

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share with you all about an exciting new project that I am launching with the Chaplaincy!

Here is the concept:
Harvard Interfaith Prison Education (HIPE)
a faith-based service coalition

Our mission:
Harvard Interfaith Prison Education (HIPE) is an interfaith coalition of Harvard chaplaincy graduate and undergraduate students committed to mentoring incarcerated women and men who are working towards their bachelor degrees through Partakers and Boston University's "College Behind Bars" program.

How to become involved:

  • Pray for our new ministry!
  • Come to the orientation required for all new team members, Nov. 7, 7-8:30 pm at Beren Hall at Harvard Hillel (52 Mt. Auburn Street). The orientation will be presented by Arthur Bembury, the Director of Partakers, and snacks will be provided! (You are also welcome to dine on delicious Kosher eats beforehand at Hillel's dining hall, included in your Harvard meal plan, or $5 for graduate students) 

Background & Contact:  

A collaborative effort of Harvard Hillel and the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard. 

Contact the Episcopal Chaplaincy's Micah Fellow, Tiffany Curtis at tcurtis@mail.harvard.edu, or Hillel Coordinator of Graduate Student Programs Hilly Haber at hhaber@mail.harvard.edu

Tiffany and Hilly worked together on Harvard Divinity School's Harvard Prison Education Project team, mentoring men incarcerated at Norfolk during their time at the Divinity School. They will be coordinating the HIPE team and providing theological reflection and support for team-members.

There will be 1 or more teams of 6-8 students from across the University chaplaincies, and students will commit to 1-2 visits to the prison per semester.  HIPE will structure interfaith teams and help coordinate rotations for visits, as well as reimburse students for Zipcar rentals to visit the prison, provide structure and opportunity for intentional theological reflection across faith traditions, and host a gathering each semester of all team members for fun and fellowship.

 "...I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
Matthew 25:36 

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