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Report on IPCA Europe Committee Meeting - Vienna May 2019

It really is such a blessing when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity. All the more so when we gather from as far North as Bergen, South as Kyiv, West as Rennes, and East as … well that would be you again Viktor in Kyiv! Added to that our Lutheran, Baptist, Independent Church, Orthodox and Salvation Army denominational differences, it is soon obvious why, even in a gathering of the IPCA Steering Committee our rich cultural and religious diversity requires fellowship inspired and created by the Holy Spirit. And this is exactly what we, as the IPCA (Europe) steering committee experienced when we met for 72 Hrs in Vienna in May.



IPCA Steering Committee explore issues with UN in Vienna in run-up to Crime Commission

The IPCA (Europe) Steering Committee met with officials from the UNODC (United Nations office On Drugs and Crime) at the Vienna International Centre in the week ahead of the Commission for Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention (CCJCP). The afternoon exploration, with Prison Chaplains from Germany, Norway, England, France and Ukraine allowed in-depth conversations between IPCA and key UN figures in the development and dissemination of guidelines encouraging the international practices of safe, decent imprisonment. The IPCA (Europe) committee was able to benefit from the expertise of those engaged on a global level. Four key topics were discussed



Kiev April 2018

Faith in Justice: from sentence to community

On April 24-27 2018, IPCA Europe organised an Interim Conference in Kiev, Ukraine. Some 60 delegates from 16 countries took part with sessions in the conference centre, Ukranian Parliament and others at the Justice Ministry. The conference also included a visit to a prison in Kiev.

The event was a way of supporting chaplains in Eastern Europe and more particularly in Ukraine, as well as providing prison authorities with chaplains’ perspectives on criminal justice systems.

Cambridge 2017

Faith and trust in prison

at Magdalene College, Cambridge

The quinquennial conference of IPCA Europe, with presentations on the theme by Speakers included Magnus Abrahamson, Irene Becci, Andrew Coyle, Alison Liebling, Ann Power Ford, Rod Moore, Rowan Williams, Richard Moth, and Michael Kavanagh, Tony Bottoms, and Tariq Mahmood,

Rome Feb 2016

Minorities in prison, inside, isolated and alone

29 February - 3 March 2016

48 Prison Chaplains from 19 countries assembled at the Waldesian Theological Seminary for an interim conference in Rome. Chaplains from Christian Churches and traditions were joined by Muslim and Sikh colleagues from the UK with meetings to consider the diversity of issues facing minorities in prisons across Europe.

The conference produced a conference statement, and was concluded with a sermon presented by IPCA Worldwide committee member, David Buick.

Previous Conferences


Strasbourg, France

Prisoners’ rights: Optional Extra or Theological Imperative?




Sambata de Sus, Romania

Strengthening the soul


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Every year, 25 August, IPCA celebrates the Global Day of Prayer for Prison Ministry. IPCA has produced resources to help you encourage prayer for those engaged in Prison Ministry in English, Swedish, and French.


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