How Kairos Outside Weekend Began
The idea of Kairos Outside came from the chaplain at San Quentin State Correctional Facility in California in 1989. After the first Kairos Inside weekend, he, along with others involved in the Kairos ministry, felt that the prisoners who became involved in the Kairos program were now open to family unity, more so than ever before.
He asked Kairos to create a program that would minister to the female family members of the incarcerated. California volunteer, Jo Chapman, and several other volunteers took the chaplain’s idea and developed the Kairos Outside program. The first Kairos Outside Weekend was held in Northern California in 1990.
The KO logo, designed by a graphic artist friend of an early volunteer, symbolizes the Kairos Outside Weekend Experience. The heart, the container, represents God’s love with the male and female silhouettes found in the middle. God's love unifies the inside (prison with bars) and the outside (darkness and unseen bars). It shows women doing time right along with those inside.