How would I- or my meeting/church- respond to a recently released ex-prisoner who shows up at meeting? How open are we to letting circle of "us" and "we" be permiable and truly loving?
Some of the prisoners we have been visiting will, at release, go back to serve parole time to the same town or city where they were convicted of their crime. I percieve that some of these folks have experienced self-worth, hope, and the love of God most strongly through their experience of being a part of Quaker worship and a Friend's-style fellowship in prison. One man shared with the group that he so much wants to worship with Friends upon his imminent release. Many meetings in the South are pretty small. It will make a difference if disclosure is made or not made. And then also, "we" should not made an assumption that all of "us" have never been imprisoned. Many thoughts come to mind. Do you have any to share?