The Epiphany Ministry is an inter-denominational Christian Movement serving the young people who are under the surveillance of the Department of Justice or the Correctional Services in the United States. It began in Alabama in 1991 and is now working in 11 American states - in Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Virginia - and more than 35 institutions and facilities.
The purpose of the Movement is to bring God's love to young men and women who are in prison. This takes place during a "small course of three days on Christianity" organized by a team of adults and young people of the Christian community. The weekend is similar to the Cursillo, Kairos, Chrysalis weekends, etc. and is followed by regular meetings. To date, more than 3000 young people have participated in the experiment.
The participants are called "stars" in reference to the feast of the Epiphany (Greek word which means "Manifestation"). On January 6th, this holiday ends the Christmas liturgical time and reminds us that Christ who loves us needs stars ( the participants) who will reveal Him to the magi (people in search of and away from the faith). When one has received the grace of discovering God's love, one must pass it on to others. Thus the name "stars" given to the participants.
For more information, see Epiphany Ministry websites