Thank you for your interest in exploring pagan volunteer opportunities!
There are many pagan groups in the Seattle area that offer a prison ministry program. Often this means one person carrying the burden of their entire volunteer activities, no matter how small or large the group might be. What if...drum roll please...those engaged in prison ministry collaborated as a pagan prison program in the Seattle area?! This is a MeetUp space for Pagans to come together as a team in support of each other and the incarcerated we interact with. All pathways of Paganism are welcome. This is a respectful space where we value our differences in teachings and experiences.
Some options to consider:
Write an orientation and/or training program for Pagans being introduced to prison ministry. Not only are we dealing with the stereotypes of prison, incarcerated members but also the hoops of the prison system.
Possible sharing of P.O. boxes (north end/south end) so that we’re not all paying for individual boxes. It would be easy to scan letters and email them to individuals for responses. Those that feel more comfortable answering letters could help those struggling to keep up with pen pals.
Those who feel comfortable visiting the prisons for rituals could pick up visits for those who prefer staying at home OR we could organize and tag team prison visits. This may be useful if you suddenly fall ill or have a family emergency. Also, this may increase the number of visits that the prisoners may receive.
Sharing ritual outlines (especially if someone is extra busy and scrambling to find the time to write their own ritual).
Share of ideas for workshops, meditations, handouts, stories, poems, music
Information sheets on various Deities and holidays
In order to include all pagan groups and prisons across Washington State, all meetings will take place in Skype (online, phone app, dial in via phone). It is free to log into Skype and call another Skype account. $2.99/month if you want to make calls via phone or landline. Materials will be shared through Dropbox.
We would love to hear about your ideas, as this is a team effort to building something amazing!