All Articles: Religious Programs

SQ inmates experience a spiritual journey to Mecca

By Marcus Henderson The San Quentin Muslim community was treated to a slide show of the trials and benefits of the spiritual journey to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, that millions of pilgrims throughout the world take. The pilgrimage, known as Hajj, is to visit the Holy Mosque (the House of God). The pictures showed acts […]

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Kwanzaa celebration offers solutions for the community

By Emile DeWeaver The timing of Kwanzaa’s 50th anniversary celebration in San Quentin was apt because the event happened on the third night of Kwanzaa when communities come together to share and solve problems. More than 100 men attended the event, which was hosted by Darnell “Moe” Washington. The celebration featured music, spoken word poetry […]

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Archbishop of SF unveils mural at Christmas Eve Mass

Scott McKinstry and Bruce Fowler worked thousands of hours over several years on the concept and design of a mural depicting the victory of good over evil. The Archbishop of San Francisco unveiled the mural after he delivered Christmas Eve Mass to a congregation of San Quentin prisoners and dozens of Bay Area community members. […]

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Volunteers’ caroling brings joy to SQ inmates

By John C. Eagan About 75 volunteers braved frigid weather to bring an evening of Christmas caroling to thousands of inmates in their cells and dorms at San Quentin State Prison. “I saw a lot of joy,” said volunteer Steve Howell, music director at Tiburon Baptist Church. He led a group of about a dozen […]

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A chorus of praise for 11 addiction graduates

By Marcus Henderson A United States congressman was one of three dignitaries to venture inside San Quentin to recognize 11 inmates for turning their lives around and being certified to teach their fellow inmates how to overcome substance abuse. “This was inspirational,” said Mark DeSaulnier, who represents California’s 11th District, at the 2016 graduation of […]

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Christian Comedy Night Brings Laughter and Healing

By Marcus Henderson The Protestant Chapel held its “First Christian Comedy Night,” which was filled with healing and laughter. The comedy fest featured seven diverse incarcerated men with different ethnicities and backgrounds. The common thread was how they process prison life through laughter. Deavon Torrance hosted and coordinated the event. He opened up the crowd […]

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Universal Rastafarian Community Celebrates Coronation

Members of San Quentin’s Universal Rastafari Community focused on overcoming prejudice and building a greater human community at its 2016 coronation celebration of founder Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I. The celebration was the recognition of Selassie being crowned emperor of Ethiopia on Nov. 2, 1930. That day gave birth to the Rastafarian way of life. […]

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Men Graduate from Seminary School

By Marcus Henderson Staff Writer   The Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (GGBTS) graduated 14 spiritually committed men in San Quentin on June 10. The seminary provides educational and ministry experience to prisoners under its contextualized leadership development (CLD) courses. “When you talk about the gospel you talk about God,” said Seminary President Dr. Jeff […]

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SQ’s Chapel Services Provide Positive Impact

By Forrest Lee Jones Journalism Guild Writer Religion behind bars can have a major positive impact on prisoners turning their lives around, a university researcher reports. “There is a humanity that I think the prison church embodies that is extraordinary,” said Jason Sexton in an interview with the Orange County Register. Sexton is a University […]

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Prisoners Learn Meaning Behind Good Friday

By Juan Haines Senior Editor With his huge 1960s Afro standing out in a sea of blue-shirted inmates, Greg Dixon’s soft keyboard melody gave San Quentin’s Protestant Chapel a type of pleasantness rarely found in a prison setting. Pats on the back and hugging repeatedly took place as the men-in-blue mingled about in the place […]

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