MISSION OF THE IPCA WORLDWIDE
The International Prison chaplains’ Association (IPCA) helps Christian Prison Chaplains throughout the world to remain in contact one another in order to be more efficient in their ministry.
- The International Prison chaplains’ Association (IPCA) helps Christian Prison Chaplains throughout the world to remain in contact one another in order to be more efficient in their ministry. It also aims to support all chaplains in their action without regard to genre, race and religion.
- IPCA recognizes that the fact for chaplains to work in isolation in prisons may contribute to the isolation of their churches. It thus helps to establish with their counterparts closer relationships that will help them better respond to the detainees and to better assert the inherent dignity of each person imprisoned.
- IPCA establishes links with churches and their lance, as well as their followers, the challenge to take more seriously their spiritual commitment to the detainees. It invites the churches to offer the support needed by the chaplains in their ministry to prisoners and to the prison staff.
- IPCA has at heart the peace and justice and states that all countries should fulfill their obligations and adopt all the standards recommended by the United Nations.
- IPCA is led globally by a steering committee.
- This committee is elected by the participants in the five-year global conference.
- It is committed to maintaining the vision which IPCA adopted at the inaugural conference in Bossey, in Switzerland.
- It strives to promote communication and mutual support among the chaplains around the world.
- It strives to provide an international network.
- It publishes an international report.
- It encourages prayers for prisoners and people who work with them.
- It organizes global conferences.
- It encourages the establishment of regional branches, national chapter like the one we are inaugurated today, local groups and working groups as well as the organization of conferences.
- It receives the concerns of the chaplains and responds thereof as possible.