Ascension has hosted SMART and "The Landing Strip", a part of the Alternatives to Violence program run by the Friends for Released Prisoners.
The work we do follows Four Spiritual Truths
Every inmate and prisoner is loved and loveable.
Every person is deserving of respect and acceptance.
Our true nature is fundamentally good and beautiful.
We are all needed in helping to heal our world.
Our mission is to bring this message to those whose lives are telling them otherwise. This is our calling.
Rochester Interfaith Jail Ministry was started in 1971 as an outreach of the Rochester Council of Churches. As the jails evolved, and their needs changed, R.I.J.M. moved from serving as a ministerial resource to a missional project, bringing value to the inmates.
We run our groups like a college seminar. The textbook is Houses of Healing by Robin Casarjian. Groups run 7-12 weeks, depending on the needs of the facility.Each inmate receives a copy of the text, and a workbook, and is expected to read the assignments in them to prepare for each class. We watch a video made by Ms. Casarjian in a Massachusetts Prison and discuss.