I am going to prison this afternoon. In doing so, I am joining a group of men from a variety of Christian denominations to put on a Kairos retreat at D. Ray James Prison in Folkston. Similar to Cursillo, the Kairos Retreat is a short-course in Christianity, but it is designed for prisoners. The main thing for Kairos is "Listen, Listen. Love, Love." Then you just repeat that process. By listening to prisoners and loving them it shows that God cares for them, for it is in response to the love God has shown us that the team goes into the prison. The strength of Kairos is that it has follow up weekends and welcomes the new participants into a community of previous participants, so that it is not a stand alone retreat, but part of an ongoing follow up.
Kairos is the New Testament Greek word for God's time, which is the right time or the appointed time. Unlike, Chronos, which is the time registering on a watch, Kairos describes things that happen at the time appointed by God. Chronos is a quanitfiable measure, while Kairos is a qualitative measure. Kairos describes how God's timing is right and perfect and fits in ways we could not have seen beforehand. In a Kairos retreat we pray for it to be a special time of a prisoner with his loving creator.
More information on Kairos is online at www.kairosprisonministry.org. Please pray for the Kairos weekend. I get out of prison on Sunday!
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor