All Articles: Religious Programs

Dealing With the Rising Call for More Expensive Kosher and Halal Meals

By Isaiah Thompson-Bonilla Journalism Guild Writer Nutritional care in the departments of corrections nationwide varies from state to state. However, one issue all states consistently struggle with is the cost of halal and kosher meals. Before halal, which are Muslim meals, and kosher, which are Jewish meals, became standard in the corrections industry, many grievances […]

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Self-Restraint And Self-Discipline During Ramadan

By Michael Cooke Journalism Guild Writer For Muslims the observance of Ramadan is the most holy time of the Islamic calendar. It is a month of both contemplation and celebration. Ramadan is the once-a-year opportunity for Muslims all over the world to rebuild, rejuvenate and renew their faith. It is the time of the year […]

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15 Men Cited for Ministry Skills At 4th Annual Theological Graduation

By Wesley Eisiminger Staff Writer It took more than two and a half years for 15 San Quentin Prison men in blue to finish a religiously based college course that they say not only changed their lives, but also changed how their families see them. “It’s a blessing to know that I’m no longer considered […]

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Christmas Banquet Breaks Bread for Nearly 200 Prisoners Inside the Protestant Chapel

By Juan Haines Managing Editor San Quentin has many different organizations that minister to the men through religion. The organizations hold banquets every year, each for their specific religious affiliation, to acknowledge the impact they have had. San Quentin Chaplain Mardi Jackson emceed the annual Christmas banquet, an event for the Protestant affiliated organizations that […]

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San Quentin’s Islamic Community Promotes Fellowship Through Competitive Basketball

By Charles David Henry Journalism Guild Writer More than 40 incarcerated men of Islam came to San Quentin’s Basketball Gym for a day of camaraderie, spiritual fellowship, competitiveness, fun, frolicking and eating. Before the game started, they all gathered at center court to hear West Block’s Harun Taylor lead the Opening Prayer as Muslims from […]

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Pastor Finds New Spiritual Calling

By Girard Rooks Why me? Why this? Who hasn’t asked this at times? Two men serving time in San Quentin asked me to talk about how and why I send sermons to California prisoners. I can answer in two ways. One, my experience of how it happened, and the other is through God’s view, as […]

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VGSQ COLUMN

By Lee Jaspar Chairman of the Holiday Toy Program, Gary Cooper, headed up a team of veterans who began decorating the San Quentin visiting area on Dec. 5. They expected to be finished on Dec. 12, just in time for the first day of gift giving. The program was manned by these veteran members of […]

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Native Hawaiian Spiritual Group Celebrates Makahiki

By Rahsaan Thomas “ALOOOOOOHA!” Damon Cooke greeted the guests and set the tone at the second annual Makahiki ceremony, on behalf of the Native Hawaiian Spiritual Group in San Quentin’s Arc building. “Today is about paying homage to our ancestors and everyone who has helped us form our identity and grow as a unit,” said […]

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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About the Holy Month of Ramadan

By Aaron Taylor Fasting in the holy month of Ramadan while incarcerated has challenges. Here are questions frequently asked by incarcerated Muslims: Q1: Do I still have to fast during Ramadan even though I am in prison? A: Yes, you do. Allah states in the Holy Qur’aan (HQ) at Chapter 2 Verse 183: “O’ ye […]

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Inmates Hold Jehovah’s Witness Passover Memorial Service

By Juan Haines As the sun went down on April 4, San Quentin’s Catholic Chapel opened its doors for a Jehovah’s Witness Passover memorial service. Lee Tomaselo, Doug Niman and Paul Dawson, three Jehovah’s Witness brothers from the community, held the service for several dozen inmates. Jehovah’s Witness brothers greeted the guests as they arrived. […]

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