Reentry, through Relationship

Returning to the community from prison is a difficult process for ex-offenders as well as for the families and communities they return to. Upon reentering society, the formerly incarcerated person might struggle with a lingering addiction, a lack of education and job...

Injustice and Hope in a Berks County Parking Lot

Berks County. The parking lots are always busy around the Berkshire Mall just west of Reading. Strip malls, shopping plazas, hotels, and restaurants, as far as the eye can see. If the religion of materialism had a god, surely it would live in this neighborhood. I’ve...

New Year, New Day

I’ve never been very good at making (or keeping) New Year’s resolutions. I have some vague goals, but they are generally not specific to a new year, and tend to be goals I set throughout the year. I don’t know, I just do not really like New Year’s goals. I mean, the...

A Nativity—and a Faith—on the Fringes

Pastoral confession time. I hate 99% of nativity sets. I hate how white everyone is. I hate how Mary never has blood on her white clothing and her hair is perfectly made. I hate how composed (and old) Joseph is. I hate that the shepherds look like they took a shower...

The Process of Redemption

Grace and peace, My name is Lori (Rev. Lo.) Banfield, MTS and I am glad to announce that I have recently joined the board of Redemption Housing. As a Chaplain of Discipleship working with disenfranchised populations for over three years, I have had the pleasure to...

Peace: The Promise of God

The Apostle Paul had a knack for making powerful people very angry; an unfortunate hobby that often resulted in a lot of quiet time in dingy Roman prisons. His Roman citizenship afforded him a fair trial and a monthly portion of grain to live on, which is more than...

The Latest from Redemption Housing

The team at Redemption Housing has been keeping busy in 2016! Over the past few months we have been diligently sharing our vision to open a faith-based housing program for men coming out of incarceration in West Philadelphia. We incorporated in May, began to...