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The Cage by Karen Laub-Novak
May/June 2010 Horizons

About This Issue
Incarceration: A Christian Response

"If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.” This mantra seems to make criminal justice sound very cut and dry. Yet as the authors in this issue show, our country’s criminal justice system falls short of providing fair or even equal treatment of all people. Imprisonment discussions are complicated even further when we consider issues of restorative justice and rehabilitation rather than simply punishment. In addition, many people who are incarcerated are in detention centers due to immigration status, rather than a crime. While the following articles explore sobering elements of criminal justice, we hope you’ll also find inspiration and hope in the work and revolutionary vision of the church.

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Horizons is the magazine of Presbyterian Women. It is planned and designed for individuals and PW circles, newcomers and longtime participants in the organization. You'll notice resources are scattered throughout the magazine—in sidebars, boxes and sometimes entire articles—because Presbyterian Women is made up of leaders, both current leaders and women with leadership potential. Participants in Presbyterian Women are also active—in their congregation, community and world—so we work to include ways you can respond to what you read in Horizons.

The purpose of Horizons magazine is the same as the purpose of our publisher, Presbyterian Women:

Forgiven and freed by God in Jesus Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit we commit ourselves:

  • to nurture our faith through prayer and Bible study
  • to support the mission of the church worldwide
  • to work for justice and peace
  • to build an inclusive, caring community of women that strengthens the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and witnesses to the promise of God's kingdom

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In Our Next Issue
July/August 2010

Spirituality and the Arts

Horizons splooshTonya Wagner explores how incorporating the arts into worship can make it a more enriching and inclusive experience for all.

Horizons splooshLynn Miller provides an overview of how art has been used to teach Christian stories and beliefs throughout history.

Horizons splooshAmy Hartsough interviews artists—from chalice makers to a quilter—about the spiritual inspirations of their work and what they hope to achieve.

Horizons splooshMartha Kelly reflects on her experience of creating art to illustrate the 2010–2011 Horizons Bible study, Journeys Through Revelation: Apocalyptic Hope for Today.

Horizons splooshThe recipients of the 2010 Thank Offering are announced.

Horizons splooshAnd much more!

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