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50 Years of Kairos Marathons: Celebrate. Rejoice. Grow.

Join the celebration and learning!  Hear how these unique, life-changing spiritual/therapeutic circles which Rev. Dr. Charles Taylor began 50 years ago are still impacting the lives of prisoners, ex-prisoners, volunteers and communities.  Connect or reconnect with past participants and new friends through workshops, stories, music and worship.

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Rev. Dr. Charles (Charlie) Taylor, initiated Kairos Marathons in 1969.  His vision and tireless work in prison ministry has strongly influenced the direction of prison chaplaincy and chaplaincy training in Canada.


Saturday, November 2

Please note that all events for Saturday, November 2 will now take place at Acadia Divinity College

9:00 am – 9:30 amCoffee and RefreshmentsLangley Room, Acadia Divinity College
9:30 am – 12:30 pmWelcome and Learning WorkshopsJoin us for engaging workshops focused on how past experiences in the Kairos Marathons can inform future practices within churches and communities. Workshop details are listed below.Various Classrooms, Acadia Divinity College
12:30 pm – 2:00 pmLuncheonGather around tables and food for focused conversations on various topics, catch up with old friends, or make new connections.Langley Room, Acadia Divinity College
2:00 pm – 4:30 pmThe Ceremony: Celebrating 50 Years Listen to personal impact stories. Walk through 50 years of Kairos Marathons.  Recognize and give thanks for long-time partners. Receive a glimpse into ongoing hopes and future work of Concilio Prison Ministry.

Note: The Ceremony: Celebrating 50 Years is open to all at no charge. Invite pass participants or bring along new friends to the Kairos Marathon.

Langley Room, Acadia Divinity College
4:30 pm – 7:00 pmCoffee HouseEngage in rich conversations. Relax with music and munchies. Catch up with friends!Lobby, Acadia Divinity College
Sunday, November 3
11:00 am – 12:00 pmWorship ServiceGuest Preacher: Rev. Dr. Harry G. Gardner, Past President of Acadia Divinity CollegeSanctuary, Wolfville Baptist Church
12:00 pm – 1:30 pmReceptionJoin us for refreshments, cake and celebrative conversation.Vestry Wolfville Baptist Church
Building a Healing Community: Why Circles WorkClarence DeSchiffartClarence will lead a discussion on the healing the Kairos Marathon Circles has had on offenders, ex-offenders and volunteers.  He will offer suggestions/guidelines on how churches or other organizations might use safe and supportive circles as part of their future ministry.
Inside – Outside:  Prison Lessons for CommunitySheila MacCrimmonStories from the circle inform volunteers on what works to help offenders successfully transition into communities.  Sheila will lead an exploration on how we might do more of that!
The Taylor Centre: Looking AheadJoe GreenHear Joe highlight past work of the Charles Taylor Centre for Spiritual and Pastoral Care, and their vision for future.  Share ideas for future collaborations and potential partnership with the centre.
How much is Enough? Helping Volunteers Create Clear BoundariesVicki & Eric PattenVicki and Eric will share lessons learned when working with Dr. Charles Taylor and speak of setting healthy boundaries for people volunteering with hurting people.

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8



$40 Registration Fee
$20 Student Fee
$0 The Ceremony: Celebrating 50 Years Only

There is no cost to attend The Ceremony: Celebrating 50 Years 

Participation in all other activities of the day (Workshops, Luncheon, and Coffee House) is covered by the Registration Fee.

If this is more than you can pay, please tell us.
Financial assistance is available.
We want to make it possible for you to be with us!

Additional Donations

Additional Donations to help cover the full cost of the event are appreciated.
Donations can be make as part of the registration process, or at the Concilio Prision Ministry website.


Presented in Partnership by:
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For more information on the Kairos Marathons and the ministries of Concilio Prison Ministry visit:


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