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PFM CEO Thanks Him for Years of Service

Jim Liske, President and CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, announced today that Alan B. Terwilleger, has resigned from the ministry, effective June 23.

Terwilleger served Prison Fellowship Ministries as Senior Vice-President of Advancement since 1995, overseeing the ministry’s fundraising activities. In 2010, Chuck Colson asked Terwilleger to take the reins of the newly founded Colson Center for Christian Worldview as its President.

“We are going to miss Alan’s leadership deeply,” said Liske. “It wasn’t a coincidence that during his tenure as Senior Vice-President of Advancement, Prison Fellowship enjoyed a strong season of growth , enabling the ministry to engage more volunteers to reach more prisoners and their families  with the love of Jesus than ever before.”

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Special Report from the Colson CenterCrisis in Iraq: a Report from Canon Andrew White - 061814

Canon White, "The Vicar of Baghdad" and 2014 Colson Center Wilberforce Award recipient, reports on the dangerous situation developing in Iraq. Over the past week Christians of his church in Baghdad and in other cities have been fleeing for their lives. The Extremist group ISIS has been murdering hundreds of people, forcing them to swear oaths to its brand of Islam and forcing hundreds of thousands to become refugees. The situation is urgent. Even though Canon White suffers from MS, he still does an amazing job communicating the need and serving his church n Baghdad.

This interview, together with highlights from the 2014 Wilberforce Award Ceremony, will be broadcast in a special show on the NRB Network TV channel (DirecTV, ROKU, and affiliates) on Monday, June 23, at 8:30 PM. For more information, go here:


Tribute video to Canon White (Colson Center)

Highlights of the 2014 Wilberforce Award Ceremony:

Eric Metaxas interviews the "Vicar of Baghdad," Canon Andrew White:
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Award ceremony Saturday, May 3, 2014 was special tribute.

May 5 - JUST POSTED: View the Highlight Reel of the Award presentation and portions of Canon White's speech here:

This 13-minute highlight reel shows the introduction and award presentation to Canon Andrew White, the "Vicar of Baghdad," at the 2014 William Wilberforce Award dinner in Washington DC.  Presented annually by the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, the award goes to the individual the board feels best exemplifies living out Christianity in society from a Christian worldview.

More information can be found here:

We have also posted the entire 45-minute interview which Eric Metaxas held with Canon White after the ceremony. It is a delightful, funny, soul-searching interview that you will never forget!
Check it out on the Colson Center YouTube channel here.

You can also view the 3-minute Tribute Video on Canon White which Colson Center produced here.

May 3, 2014 Washington DC

canon_white_award_1_350 The Rev. Canon Andrew White in his acceptance speech at Wilberforce Weekend 2014. Washington DC.
The Colson Center for Christian Worldview has presented its 2014 Wilberforce Award to Canon Andrew White, Vicar of St George's Church, Baghdad Iraq. The church is the only Anglican church in Iraq and has seen hundreds of its members perish in the violence surrounding them in the Red Zone in Baghdad.

In his acceptance speech, Canon White stated that the Lord has given him two objects in life. One is love and the other is reconciliation.

Canon White at Wilberforce award ceremony with ret. Iraqi Air Force general Georges Sada, an Iraqi Christian officer who worked with him in Baghdad.

The William Wilberforce Award is presented each year to the person the board feels has best exemplified the passion and principles of William Wilberforce as a witness of real Christianity in society.

Highlight videos of the ceremony will be posted here early in the week. Other articles of interest are John Stonestreet's interview with Canon White on BreakPoint This Week (May 3, 2014) with text and audio and Dr. Timothy George's tribute in First Things (February 24, 2014).

The public is invited to this special event in Nashville (NRB)


(Use coupon code NASH25 for additional 25% discount)
nrb-nashville-2014-1The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, together with the National Religious Broadcasters, is hosting a special live event in Nashville TN on Monday, February 24th at 4:30 pm, in the Delta Ballroom of Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. The event will last 90 minutes.

New York Times Bestselling author Eric Metaxas and professor at John Hopkins School of Medicine and political commentator Dr. Ben Carson will appear together on stage for a conversation about "Life, God and Other Small Topics."

The emcee for the evening will be The Colson Center's very own John Stonestreet, host of the national radio program "The Point."

This event is open to the general public. Although it will be held in conjunction with the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Nashville that week, you do not have to be a participant in the convention to attend.

The Delta Ballroom holds 2000+ people and is part of the spectacular Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville.

Tickets will be $20 and should be purchased in advance (note - ticket prices have been lowered).


(Use coupon code NASH25 for additional 25% discount)

BONUS: the $20 ticket includes a day's registration (Monday February 24) to the NRB convention, also in the hotel. Some of the other highlights of the day, which you can attend with your ticket, are listed below.

Some of the daily events at the NRB convention for Monday, February 24
Note: Your $20 entry ticket for the Carson / Metaxas event also registers you for Monday at the convention, if you'd like to attend.
Click for complete NRB schedule

Monday, February 24 NRB convention schedule
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Women's Breakfast ** Delta Ballroom C (Separate ticket required).

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. NRB Registration – Exhibit Hall Entrance Ryman C
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Educational SessionsDelta Mezzanine
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Film Screening – Moms' Night Out - Affirm Films & Provident Films Delta Ballroom A
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. NRB ExpositionRyman C - Exhibit hall open
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. iNRB Awards Ceremony – Delta Ballroom A
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Keynote SessionDelta Ballroom
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A Conversation with Eric Metaxas and Ben Carson: "Life, God, and Other Small Topics," Hosted by The Colson Center and Hashtag Productions (Badge or Ticket Required) – Delta Ballroom
4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Film Committee Pitch-a-Thon – Bayou C
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Night of Entertainment – A Night with Noah and Paramount Pictures Delta Ballroom
10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Late Night Film Talks – Delta Lobby

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Prison Fellowship Ministries Signs Amicus Brief in Defense of Religious Freedom

Statement by Jim Liske, President and CEO, Prison Fellowship Ministries

January 29, 2014

Prison Fellowship Ministries has joined a coalition of religious and civil liberties organizations in filing an amicus brief in support of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties in their case against the HHS mandate before the Supreme Court.

Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties are for-profit corporations owned by devout Christian families who desire to run their businesses according to the principles of their faith. They have filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an exemption from the HHS mandate forcing employers to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization.

Prison Fellowship Ministries signed the amicus brief because we believe the HHS mandate poses a serious threat to religious liberty—which includes not only freedom of worship, but the freedom to live out the faith we profess in the public square and the marketplace.

The amicus brief (filed by the Christian Legal Society and signed by groups such as the American Bible Society and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention) urges the Supreme Court to “protect all Americans’ religious liberty by accurately interpreting and fully enforcing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”).” As you may know, Prison Fellowship Ministries, under the leadership of Justice Fellowship, helped craft RFRA and gain its passage in Congress back in 1993.

To read the amicus brief, visit the Christian Legal Society’s website. To stay current on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases, you can also visit the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the Alliance Defending Freedom.

Please be in prayer for the religious freedom of all Americans, and for the justices of the Supreme Court, who will hear the case on March 24, 2014.

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Congress set to pass provision

According to the Christian Post, Congress is set to pass the 'Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections' to Facilitate Prison Reform in the omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2014, which seems to become law with bipartisan support.

A quote from Justice Fellowship's press release read: ""Chuck Colson's vision of a criminal justice system centered on accountability and redemption has had a lasting impact on those in Congress of both parties," said Craig DeRoche, president of Justice Fellowship. "The Charles Colson Task Force is an important first step in the discussion on how to reform criminal justice beyond the catchy sound bites and overused sports metaphors that have permeated the dialogue in recent years."

Read more about this on Justice Fellowship's site.

Read DeMoss PR agency Press release for Prison Fellowship.

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PFM CEO also quoted extensively in National Review on a similar subject

Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, published an op-ed in USA Today on January 9, 2014. The title is: "Answer gun violence with forgiveness."

Here is a paragraph from that article:

"After the guns go silent, we often hear two warring opinions. One voice demands cold, swift justice against the offender, who is painted as a monster. The other advises us to "forgive and forget," brushing away the hurt and moving forward as though it had never happened, as though no one bore responsibility. Both these approaches fail to deal with the wounded hearts and fractured relationships. We cannot move forward without justice. And we cannot heal without forgiveness. To be restored, we must learn to hold justice and forgiveness together in a single, restorative tension."

Jim's thoughts also appear in another article published by Jay Nordlinger, a senior editor at National Review on December 11, 2013. In a piece called "The handshake, &c." Nordlinger begins by discussing the Obama-Castro handshake and lamenting the aversion to discussions of human rights on both ends of the political spectrum in the US. He then shifts to talking about the idea of restoration, justice and redemption, describing a discussion he had with Jim Liske after visiting a Prison Fellowship InnerChange Freedom Initiative unit in Houston Texas. A paragraph from the article:

"Liske said that an inmate must '...embrace the fact that he injured
someone.' The inmate did not merely break the law but injured a fellow
human being. If he recognizes this, chances will be much lower that he
will offend again..."

Nordlinger closes that section of his post with "Worth knowing about, this “inner change” initiative."

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Discussing her Christmas theater experience with Max.

Emily Colson received a lot of attention with her story recounting a theater experience she, Patty and Max had over Christmas. It illustrates the emotional challenges that special-needs parents often face (Max has autism). After she published the story, "Darkness in a Theater," she was invited to talk about it on Moody Radio, on the Chris Fabry Live show. The hour-long show gave Emily a chance to recount the entire experience, talk about how she felt Chuck would have handled it, and also answer viewers' questions. She has released an online on-demand link so that you can hear the recording of that show. Thursday afternoon, January 9, Emily announced that Chris Fabry had decided to do a "Part 2" version of the show where he asks the audience what they would have done if they had been in the theater. It airs at 3 PM Thursday on Moody Radio.
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