Posts Tagged ‘prison chaplain’

Celia Lashlie

March 17, 2010

Celia is a New Zealand author and past prison governor. She has two books, one about who goes to prison and one about raising boys.

Today I attended a forum with her as the speaker. The morning session was taken up with stories from her prison days. The afternoon session taken up with stories from her days working with boys in high school, trying to figure out the difference between a boy and a man.

Somewhere in among it all we sat in table groups and spoke about how her stories had something to say to our own work.  Those attending came from a diverse background. On my table was a prison chaplain (me), a Housing NSW community officer, a Catholic Care worker, three people from local Juvenile Justice offices, and one refugee settlement officer. Elsewhere there were private counselors, TAFE counselors, High School teachers, Drug and Alcohol workers, all sorts of people working with boys and men in trouble.

The whole day was extraordinary. I came away with one of Celia’s books (swapped for a copy of one of mine) and a whole lot of thinking to do about how men and boys communicate with each other and the outside world.

If you ever get a chance to hear her speak, take it. She is a wonderfully warm personality with a great love of story telling, and a wealth of experience in understanding people.

Find her here

It’s About Time

August 3, 2008

From Dec 30 to Aug 3rd. It’s a long time between posts.

Since the last post we’ve sold our home, packed all our stuff into storage, moved city, camped out in a rental house with a change of clothes and a microwave oven, found and bought a new home, waited out the conveyancing, moved in and tried to get back to normal.

Oh yeah, there had to be a reason for all this. I’ve left prison and am on parole.

After nine years of custodial prison chaplaincy I am starting up a pilot project working with people as they make the transition out of prison and into the community. It’s the first corrective services community chaplaincy in Australia and all a bit experimental.

The startup pressure of the new job is starting to slow down, so here I am. Back to blogging.