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House of Unjust Imprisonment

Solidarity through Scripture

Blue journey resources can be used individually or in a group as part of your journey through the house or on their own if you want to design a day of prayer or a service to think about the topic of unjust imprisonment.

In this cell-space, passages from Scripture are offered for study, together with some questions to think about.

Bishop Brian

Psalm 107 10-22

Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
 prisoners in misery and in irons,
for they had rebelled against the words of God,
 and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
Their hearts were bowed down with hard labour;
 they fell down, with no one to help.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
 and he saved them from their distress;
he brought them out of darkness and gloom,
 and broke their bonds asunder.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
 for his wonderful works to humankind.
For he shatters the doors of bronze,
 and cuts in two the bars of iron.

Some were sick through their sinful ways,
 and because of their iniquities endured affliction;
they loathed any kind of food,
 and they drew near to the gates of death.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
 and he saved them from their distress;
he sent out his word and healed them,
 and delivered them from destruction.
Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
 for his wonderful works to humankind.
And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
 and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

  • How do you think the prisoners feel in this psalm?
  • How does God feel towards the prisoners?
  • What does this psalm tell us about God's desire to save human beings?
Continue: Psalm 142
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Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink

Holding Cell

  • Welcome and warning
  • Guantanamo Bay

Solidarity through Scripture

  • Psalm 107, 142
  • Isaiah 42
  • Matthew 25
  • Acts 5,12,16
  • Hebrews 13

Art

  • Images of imprisonment
  • Game – free the prisoner

Detention

  • Gift giving/Baggage
  • Dumping
  • Confession

Trial

Voices from and about imprisonment

Hope in time of darkness

  • Prayers
  • For those in prison, justice authorities, hostages, condemned

Resources

  • Websites for research
  • Amnesty

House arrest

  • Diary/blog
  • Review journal entries

Conviction

  • Excerpt from Unreconciled?
  • News article about Liu Xiaobo

Finding a way to Freedom

Music - Songs, Hymns, Classical music

DVD

Films, books, CDs

Parole

  • Footsteps of Jesus
  • Passion of Jesus in John's gospel

Condemned cell

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Fr Maximilian Kolbe

Room 101

Reflections
  • Woza
  • Fr Kolbe
  • Brian Keenan
  • Andy McNab

Rations

Porridge

Release

Empty your rucksack, and fill it with what? Will you be able to leave?
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