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Anthroposophical Prison Outreach

Through the medium of anthroposophy as a path of inner and social development, the mission of Anthroposophical Prison Outreach (APO) is focused on forming and strengthening human bonds between individuals separated by prison walls.

Incarcerated people often find themselves with no hope or meaning in life. On the other hand, they have something that many of us lack - time to study, meditate, and reflect. Faith-based organizations, such as churches, have a tradition of reaching out in prisons, and, whereas they meet certain needs, it seems that spiritual science also has much to offer individuals who are seeking something more in life.

Through the prison outreach program, anthroposophists provide tools for change to help inmates develop themselves and bring purpose into their lives. Inmates are reached through announcements in prison publications and notices in the libraries. Those who respond receive a packet that includes an article by Fred Janney, Self-Development in the Penitentiary, which describes the basic exercises described by Rudolf Steiner. It also includes material on meditation, karma, and a list of fifty-two available library titles.

Questions from inmates are directed to volunteer members of the Anthroposophical Society who offer their services for study support. These volunteers receive training, and their last names and addresses are kept anonymous. All correspondence goes through the office of the Anthroposophical Prison Outreach.

Can you help? All costs, including packets, postage, and other related expenses are covered through donations. Books may be donated for our library, a prison library, or an inmate. Volunteers who are willing to correspond with inmate students or lead study groups in a local prison are also needed.

EXCERPT FROM AN INMATE'S LETTER

After doing a few years in prison, I was in search of something, but I wasn't quite sure what it was. Then, at the age of twenty-one, I bumped into a light switch. Some light was now shining on this dark life that I was leading.... You see, in prison there are very few positive things and not much of anything that gives one the strength to keep going.

Through anthroposophy I've now been able to look within and to learn to turn to the Divine while traveling on my journeys. Anthroposophy, for me, is the light in this otherwise dark place called prison.... Without Rudolf Steiner and all individuals who dedicate their time to spreading the message, it would not be available to others. I would never have found and grasped the message on my own.

You may contact us at:

Anthroposophical Prison Outreach
1923 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Phone: 734-662-9355
Fax: 734-662-1727
Email: prisonoutreach [at] anthroposophy [dot] org