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 a pdf version of RED Chicago, our new 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.


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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CMCA Summit in Atlanta

We were in Atlanta, Georgia, in May for the fourth-annual Correctional Ministry & Chaplains Association (CMCA) Summit!

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COPE Conference

September 9-11, the Coalition Of Prison Evangelists (COPE) hosted an international conference in Indianapolis, attended by our Program Director, Ben Blobaum. Click the link to see photos and more!

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