Prison House

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Photo: CC Val Kerry

Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?

Lillian Hellman

Bishop Brian


Words and Listening

One of the marks of mission is about loving service towards others, and yet another mark of mission concerns challenging unjust structures.

What do you think might be done to challenge the structures which put people in prison unjustly and what loving service can we perform towards those already suffering in this way?

Bishop Brian


  • How do you feel about these different thoughts?
  • What do you think these voices are telling us?
  • If you visited one of these people unjustly imprisoned in a cell, what would you say to them?
  • Write some thoughts of your own in your diary

You can move on to a new cell-space, but you must imagine that you can only leave with permission and that you are escorted by a guard to that new space.

If you are in a group you can make this feel more realistic by getting your neighbour to pick where you go next, so that you don't get to choose where you go or who your 'cell-mates' are for the next exploration.

Conviction: theological writing
Condemned: theological voices
© CTBI and MTAG 2012

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


  • Images of imprisonment
  • Game – free the prisoner


  • Gift giving/Baggage
  • Dumping
  • Confession


Voices from and about imprisonment

Hope in time of darkness

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


  • Websites for research
  • Amnesty

House arrest

  • Diary/blog
  • Review journal entries


  • Excerpt from Unreconciled?
  • News article about Liu Xiaobo

Finding a way to Freedom

Music - Songs, Hymns, Classical music


Films, books, CDs


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

Condemned cell

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Fr Maximilian Kolbe

Room 101

  • Woza
  • Fr Kolbe
  • Brian Keenan
  • Andy McNab




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