Registration is continuing this summer for a conference that will explore Christian involvement in helping ex-offenders re-establish their lives. The conference, entitled "Opening Gates, Opening Hearts: Christian Responses to Offender Reentry," is sponsored by the Missouri School of Religion. It will take place on Sept. 11 at Christian Fellowship Church in Columbia, Mo. Registration costs $30 prior to Aug. 20, and $40 thereafter.
Among the topics to be discussed are "Collaborating with the Missouri Reentry Process;" "What You Can Do as a Local Church;" and "Probation and Parole, What Do They Expect?" More than 30,000 people are in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections. About 97 percent of them will eventually return to their communities. To learn more about the conference, go to: