Spouses, parents and relatives of the incarcerated often “do time” right along with their loved ones. It is important for them to know that they are not alone and that there is a Christian community that cares. KAIROS OUTSIDE is designed to support the families of incarcerated men, women and juveniles. Any adult female family member whose life has been impacted by the incarceration of a loved one is eligible to attend a Kairos Outside weekend.
The purpose of the Kairos Outside program is to exhibit Godʼs grace and love through Christian support for women who have loved ones who are or who have been incarcerated.
Kairos Outside began in 1989 as an idea from the chaplain at San Quentin State Correctional Facility in California after the first Kairos Prison Ministry retreat. He felt, as did many involved in the ministry, that those who became involved in the Kairos program were now open to family unity, more so than ever before.
Kairos Outside is a blend of the ʻfree worldʼ three day short course on Christianity called Cursillo (which spawned Kairos) and Kairos “Inside,” which is now in prisons in 32 states and 9 countries. The team consists of concerned, committed Christians who believe in these hurting women and want to encourage them on their lifeʼs journey.
The Kairos Outside weekend is based on a series of talks by women sharing their lifeʼs journey. The Guests review the talks in small family groups. The program is interspersed with music, prayer, fun activities, and general pampering. The weekend is Christian in nature, although no religious affiliation is necessary to attend. After the weekend, the women journey together through “reunion” meetings where there is encouragement for each other on their life impacted by incarcerated loved ones.