Welcome

Welcome to the shared online home for Under the Door (prison ministry) and Inside-Out Connections (ex-offender ministry). Our passion is to be a visible, viable, valuable alternative to the current way of doing prison and ex-offender ministry. We want to go beyond mere concepts or good intentions in order to create a visible model that others can scrutinize and adapt. We want to work in a way that’s sustainable and makes a longer-term impact. And we want to bring something of real value for inmates, ex-offenders, and congregations.

There’s a lot of food for thought here, and a lot of practical help as well. Order copies of the Spiritual Survival Guide for Prison and Beyond, a book we wrote and produced. Download the latest pdf version of RED Chicago, our innovative Re-Entry Directory for the Chicago area. Check out a variety of volunteer opportunities. Donate or partner with us. If you’re an ex-offender, come and check out one of our Inside-Out Connections groups, meeting on Chicago’s west side.

News

Something New Is Coming!

The national recidivism rate (percentage of re-incarcerated persons) is around fifty percent. In Illinois, the number is slightly higher. From this data one could easily conclude…

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The City of Brotherly Love

The first weekend of May, we traveled to Philadelphia for the fifth annual Correctional Ministries and Chaplains Association (CMCA) Summit. We have attended this event every year since its inception, each year hosting an exhibitor table to make our resources available to attendees. This year…

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ELCA Metro Synod Assembly

Participating in this year’s assembly was particularly special for us, because it was this same convening in 2012 that would turn out to be the birthplace of our Inside-Out Connections Ministry!

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