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Death Penalty Dialogue to Feature Dallas Faith Leaders

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November 26, 2012

CONTACT: Kristin Houlé, Executive Director
512-441-1808 (office); 512-552-5948 (cell)
khoule@tcadp.org

Death Penalty Dialogue to Feature Dallas Faith Leaders

Austin, Texas – On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, four prominent Dallas-area religious leaders will gather for the first time to participate in a public conversation about the death penalty. The event, entitled “A Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty with Dallas Faith Leaders”, will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Grand Lounge at Paul Quinn College.  It is free and open to the public.

Participating in the event are these faith leaders:

  • Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III Senior Pastor of Friendship-West Baptist Church
  • Rev. Dr. Wes Magruder, Chair of the Board of Church and Society of the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church
  • Rev. Stanley J. Meyer, Bishop Assistant for Leadership and Disciple Life in the Northern Texas – Northern Louisiana Mission Area of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Deacon Charles Stump, Director of Pastoral Services for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Their conversation will focus on the challenges of moving Texas away from a culture of vengeance toward a culture of accountability that does not rely on the death penalty; how faith leaders and people of faith can take a more proactive role in educating their congregations about this issue; and the challenges of addressing the death penalty from the pulpit.

This event is occurring at a critical time, as Dallas County now accounts for more death sentences in the last five years than any other jurisdiction in Texas.  Juries in Dallas County imposed eight new death sentences between 2008 and 2012, including two this year.  This accounts for nearly 20% of all new death sentences in Texas over this five-year period. In comparison, Harris County juries imposed 5 sentences in the same timeframe.  Dallas also accounts for more than 30 exonerations based on DNA evidence.

WHAT: “A Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty with Dallas Faith Leaders”

WHEN: Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 7:00 to 9:00 PM

WHERE:  Grand Lounge, Paul Quinn College; 3837 Simpson Stuart Road; Dallas, Texas 75241

“A Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty” is free and open to the public.  To RSVP, call (512) 441-1808, email info@tcadp.org, or go to http://tcadp.org/faithful-conversation/.

This event is sponsored by: Catholic Mobilizing Network; Citizens of Mizpah; Dallas Friends Meeting; Dallas Peace Center; Friendship-West Baptist Church; General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church; Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation; North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church Board of Church and Society; Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Mission Area of the E.L.C.A.; Pax Christi Dallas; Texas Catholic Conference; and Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

For information on the death penalty in Texas or background on this event, or to arrange an interview with any of the participating religious leaders, please contact TCADP Executive Director Kristin Houlé at khoule@tcadp.org, 512-441-1808 (office), or 512-552-5948 (cell).  Details on the event are available at http://tcadp.org/faithful-conversation/.

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11 October 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Austin Religious Leaders to Join Internationally Renowned Author and Speaker, Sister Helen Prejean, for Dialogue on the Death Penalty

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OCTOBER 11, 2012

CONTACT: Kristin Houlé, Executive Director
512-441-1808 (office); 512-552-5948 (cell)
khoule@tcadp.org

Austin Religious Leaders to Join Internationally Renowned Author and Speaker, Sister Helen Prejean, for Dialogue on the Death Penalty

 Austin, Texas – On Friday evening, October 12, 2012, in the Mabee Ballroom of the Ragsdale Center of St. Edward’s University, two Austin faith leaders will join Sister Helen Prejean, an internationally known speaker and the author of Dead Man Walking, for an unprecedented conversation about the role of people of faith in the growing movement to end the death penalty.

 

Reverend John Elford, the Senior Pastor at University United Methodist Church, and Pastor Nestor Menjivar of Principe de Paz Baptist Church will engage in a dialogue with Sister Helen about moving Texas away from a culture of vengeance toward a culture of accountability that does not rely on the death penalty; how faith leaders and people of faith can take a more proactive role in educating their congregations about this issue; and the challenges of addressing the death penalty from the pulpit.

 

“I believe pastors and other religious leaders need to fully understand their God-given obligation and responsibility to teach God’s great mercy, which he calls us to show to others, especially those considered the least deserving,” said Pastor Nestor Menjivar of Principe de Paz Baptist Church.

 

“Faithful Considerations: A Discussion with Sister Helen Prejean and Austin Faith Leaders” will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 PM; more than 300 people are expected to attend.  This is the third in a series of interfaith dialogues that the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) has convened in conjunction with community partners. Similar events took place last year in Houston and San Antonio and reflect increasing faith-based opposition to the death penalty.

 

This event is taking place at a time of intense national scrutiny of the death penalty.  Five states have abandoned the death penalty in recent years and public support for capital punishment has fallen to its lowest level in 40 years.  As new death sentences and executions continue to decline, increasing numbers of Texans are beginning to question the wisdom, efficacy and virtue of the death penalty as a means to confront crime and achieve justice.

 

“My fervent hope is that dialogue among Christians and practitioners of other religions will help us recover our voice as a people committed to peace and non-violence,” said Reverend John Elford, Senior Pastor of University United Methodist Church.

 

“Faithful Considerations” is sponsored by: Catholic Mobilizing Network; Congregational Church of Austin; Diocese of Austin – Office of Prolife Activities and Chaste Living; General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church; Methodist Federation for Social Action – Southwest Texas Chapter; Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation; St. Edward’s University; Liz and Duff Stewart; Texas After Violence Project; Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission; Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; and Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

For more information, visit http://tcadp.org/sr-helen-prejean-conversation/ or contact TCADP at 512-441-1808 or khoule@tcadp.org.

 

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14 September 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Faith in Action on the Death Penalty

See below for a number of faith based opportunities for discussion and learning on the Texas death penalty around Texas in the coming weeks and months:

Houston – St. Paul’s UMC United Methodist Women to Examine the Death Penalty

Sunday, September 16 12:15pm
5501 Main • Houston, TX 77004 • 713-528-0527 • www.stpaulshouston.org

The St. Paul’s United Methodist Women invites St. Paul’s Family to an examination of the death penalty. The event will be Sunday, September 16 at 12:15 p.m. and include a potluck lunch provided by UMW members in Fondren Hall. Speakers will tell their stories in relation to the death penalty after which the floor will be open for respectful questions. A brief description of the speakers follows:

Sam Millsap. During his tenure as District Attorney for Bexar County (San Antonio) 1982-1987, he approved the death penalty prosecution of Ruben Cantu, a juvenile offender who was executed in 1993 based on the testimony of a single eyewitness who has since changed his story. Millsap now acknowledges that Cantu may have been innocent, and he speaks throughout the country about his experiences with the Cantu case and his concerns about the fairness and reliability of the criminal justice system.”

Jan Brown. The mother of a then 9-1/2 year old girl who was murdered in 1987, Brown will tell the story of her experience as a member of a victim’s family while the case worked its way through the judicial system– and beyond.

A speaker provided by the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP) will address the realities of the death penalty in Texas.  For childcare during this event, email childcare@stpaulshouston.org.

Dallas – Feast of Beginnings – Sister Helen Prejean

Northaven UMC
11211 Preston Road, Dallas, TX 75230
Sunday evening, September 16

6:00 PM Dinner – SOLD OUT
6:45 PM Musical selections from “Dead Man Walking, The Opera”
7:00 PM Presentation by Sister Helen Prejean   Register Now for 7 PM Presentation  Cost: $7.00 (Please arrive no later than 6:45)
8:00 PM Question and Answer Session
8:30 PM Book sales and signing

Northaven’s annual Feast of Beginnings features Sister Helen Prejean who has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty.   Sister Helen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph. After many years of teaching religion to junior high school students, she began working at Hope House in New Orleans where she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate at Angola prison. She became his spiritual advisor and, after witnessing his execution, wrote a book about the experience. That book, Dead Man Walking, became a movie, an opera and a play.

Since 1984, Sister Helen has traveled around the world educating people about the death penalty and counseling death row prisoners. During that time she has accompanied six men to their deaths. She is a tireless advocate and profoundly spiritual person.

Austin Area: Month of Faith in Action

If you belong to a faith community in Austin, please coordinate with your clergy and congregation to join TCADP’s Month of Faith in Action to promote dialogue about the death penalty in Texas. There has never been a more important time for people of faith to engage in education and action on the death penalty, and to take a leadership role in speaking out against this culture of violence and vengeance.

We are encouraging congregations to hold activities and events in solidarity with each other September 15 to October 14, however, you are welcome to schedule an event any time in the year that accommodates your calendar.

Austin – Month of Faith in Actions Events Currently Scheduled:

The Empty Chair – Documentary Screening
University United Methodist Church
2409 Guadalupe Street, Austin
Sunday, September 16, 9:45 a.m.
Fellowship Hall

In conjunction with the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s month of Faith in Action, the Explorer’s class will be sponsoring a Sunday School hour on September 16 in the Fellowship Hall for a viewing of “The Empty Chair”. The film is a documentary which tells the stories of four families confronting the loss of loved ones and their perspectives on the death penalty. It provokes meaningful questions about faith, forgiveness, and justice. We hope you can join us for the viewing of this film and meaningful discussion about faith and the death penalty.

Social Justice Fifth Sunday Presentation
Dr. Linda White, Murder Victim Family Member
First UMC
Family Life Center – Corner of 13th and Lavaca, Austin
Sunday, September 30, 10:00-10:45a.m.

Dr. Linda White is a former board member of Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation and former Vice-President of the TCADP Board. After her daughter, Cathy, was murdered, she raised her granddaughter, Ami. She recently retired from teaching psychology and criminal justice classes at Sam Houston State University. In 2001, Linda and Ami arranged to meet with Cathy’s killer. They learned answers to their questions about Cathy’s final moments and became activists in supporting non-violent solutions to crime. Linda speaks nationwide about her struggles, her healing and her work for a system of restorative justice.

At the Death House Door – Documentary Screening
St. John’s UMC
2140 Allandale Road,  Austin
Thursday, October 4, 7:00p.m.

The Risk-Taking Mission and Service Committee at Saint John’s United Methodist Church is sponsoring a discussion about the death penalty in Texas on Thursday evening, October 4 beginning at 7:00p. There will be a viewing of the documentary “At the Death House Door:  No Man Should Die Alone”, which tells the story of Rev. Carroll Pickett, former death house chaplain at the Walls Unit in Huntsville, TX. Following the film, Kristin Houlé, Executive Director of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, will lead a Q&A.  Saint John’s is located at 2140 Allandale Road (enter from Wynona Street). This event is free and open to the public.

Anthony Graves to speak at Wesley UMC
November 18, 10:00am Worship
Wesley UMC
1164 San Bernard Street
Austin, Texas 78702-2030

On October 27, 2010, Anthony Graves walked out of the Burleson County Jail after spending 18 years in prison – including 12 years on death row – for a crime he did not commit. Prosecutors dropped all charges against Anthony and declared him innocent after conducting their own investigation of the case. He is the 12th person in Texas to be wrongfully convicted and  removed from death row and one of 140 death row exonorees nationwide.  Since his release, Anthony has spoken about his experience with the Texas death penalty system to audiences throughout the United States and around the world. He served for a year as the Director of Community Outreach for the Texas Defender Service and now is working with attorney David Dow on individual capital cases and juvenile issues. He is looking forward to starting school in the fall, 2012.

The Month of Faith in Action will culminate in a special event featuring Sister Helen Prejean:

Faithful Considerations: A Discussion with Sr. Helen Prejean and Austin Faith Leaders”

The conversation will include Rev. John Elford, University UMC and Pastor Nestor Menjivar, Pricipe de Paz Baptist Church and will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012, 7:00pm at St. Edward’s University:   RSVP to reserve free tickets!

Download posters for distribution – http://tcadp.org/sr-helen-prejean-conversation/

Sister Helen Prejean began her prison ministry in 1981. While living in the St. Thomas housing project, she became pen pals with Patrick Sonnier, the convicted killer of two teenagers, sentenced to die in the electric chair of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison.  Sister Helen turned her experiences into a book Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, which was nominated for a 1993 Pulitzer Prize and was number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for 31 weeks.  In January 1996, the book was developed into a major motion picture starring Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen and Sean Penn as Patrick Sonnier.

Rev. John Elford is Senior Pastor of University United Methodist Church in Austin. He has also served as Senior Pastor at St. John’s UMC in Corpus Christi, John Wesley UMC in Victoria and as Associate Pastor and Director of Music at First UMC in San Angelo. John has degrees from the University of Toronto and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia. His wife, Rev. Linda Seaman Elford, is the pastor at Crestview UMC in Austin.

Pastor Nestor Menjivar is originally from El Salvador.  He came to the U.S. as a small child and grew up in San Francisco, California.  He did his undergraduate work in management and information systems and took seminary classes from Golden Gate Seminary.  He is married with three children and has been pastoring at Iglesia Bautista Principe de Paz in Austin for the last ten years.  He is passionate about Christ and believes strongly that the church needs to be a voice for justice and compassion.  This has led him to be involved in numerous activities promoting immigration reform, education, and social justice.

The conversation will include the challenges of moving Texas away from a culture of vengeance toward a culture of accountability that does not rely on the death penalty; how faith leaders and people of faith can take a more proactive role in educating their congregations about this issue; and the challenges of addressing the death penalty from the pulpit.  Reserve your tickets today! Free to the public. 

Dallas –  “A Faithful Conversation on the Death Penalty”

Save the Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 7:00pm

Featuring Dallas area clergy and Judicatory leadership, including Dr. Frederick Haynes, Friendship West Baptist Church and Rev. Wes Magruder, Associate Pastor, First Rowlett UMC and North Texas Conference Board of Church and Society Chair.  More details coming soon with online RSVP for free tickets.  Check the link for developments:  http://tcadp.org/what-we-do/religious-outreach/

 

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02 July 2012 ~ Comments Off

July 2012 Alert: Four Executions Over Next Two Months

In This Edition:
Reflection on the Gregg Anniversary
Scheduled Executions
Upcoming Events
Recent News
Announcements
Calendar

Reflection on the Gregg Anniversary

Today, July 2, 2012, marks the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision Gregg v. Georgia (1976), which upheld the new death penalty statutes of several states (including Texas) and paved the way for the resumption of executions. Just four years earlier, the Court had ruled in Furman v. Georgia (1972) that the death penalty system, as administered at that time, was arbitrary, capricious, and discriminatory – as random as being struck by lightning. With the Gregg decision, however, the justices reversed course and took the position that the death penalty did not offend “the evolving standards of decency which mark the progress of a maturing society.”

In reality, the death penalty is no less arbitrary or any fairer today than it was 36 years ago. To date, 140 individuals (including 12 in Texas) have been released from death rows nationwide due to evidence of their wrongful conviction. In addition, cases like those of Carlos DeLuna, Claude Jones, and Cameron Todd Willingham – individuals who may have been wrongfully executed – continue to raise doubts about the reliability of the criminal justice system.

TCADP extends a special welcome to everyone who has joined our organization in the past month. We are inspired by the desire of so many people to become involved in our efforts to end this arbitrary, discriminatory, and irreversible punishment. In this monthly alert, you will find opportunities to get involved on the local level and recent death penalty developments. We encourage you to attend upcoming events and become a TCADP member today. Thank you for joining us as we seize the momentum to end the death penalty once and for all!

Executions

The State of Texas has scheduled four executions over the next two months:

1. On July 18, 2012, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Yokamon Hearn, who was convicted in Dallas County of the 1998 carjacking and murder of Frank Meziere. He was the only person among the four young men charged with this crime to receive the death penalty.

Amnesty International USA has developed an online action through which you can send a letter to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Governor Rick Perry, urging clemency for Yokamon Hearn. Take action now.

2. On August 1, 2012, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Marcus Druery
 for the 2002 murder of 20-year-old Skyler Browne in rural Brazos County. His attorneys are working to stop the execution on the grounds that Druery is mentally incompetent to be executed.

3. On August 7, 2012, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute Marvin Wilson for the 1992 shooting death of Jerry Robert Williams in Beaumont.

4. On August 22, 2012, the State of Texas is scheduled to execute John Balentine for the 1998 murders of his ex-girlfriend’s brother, Mark Caylor, Jr., 17, and two other boys, Kai Geyer, 15, and Steven Watson, 15. Last year, on the day of his scheduled execution (June 15, 2011), he received a last-minute reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court stopped the execution to review a petition from Balentine’s lawyer that contended his legal representation at trial and in the early stages of his appeal was deficient.

Click the link to respond and express your concern about the impact of executions on Texas by participating in clemency campaigns or attending vigils on the days of execution.

Upcoming Events

Criminal Justice Summit at NAACP National Convention

TCADP Executive Director Kristin Houlé will serve as a panelist during the Criminal Justice Summit at the 103rd Annual Convention of the NAACP, taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas from July 7-12, 2012. The Criminal Justice session will occur on Monday, July 9 from 2:30 to 5:30 PM and will focus on four national priority areas: Racial Profiling/Law Enforcement Accountability; Reentry; Sentencing Reform/Mass Incarceration; and the Death Penalty. TCADP also is co-sponsoring an information booth, along with Equal Justice USA and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. We invite all delegates and participants in the convention to stop by Booth #829 at the Commerce and Industry Show (July 7-10). For more information about the convention or to volunteer at the booth, contact Kristin at khoule@tcadp.org.

Austin Area: Month of Faith in Action

If you belong to a faith community in Austin, please talk to your clergy about joining TCADP for our Month of Faith in Action to promote dialogue about the death penalty in Texas. There has never been a more important time for people of faith to engage in education and action on the death penalty, and to take a leadership role in speaking out against this culture of violence and vengeance.

We are encouraging congregations to hold activities and events in solidarity with each other September 15 to October 14, however, you are welcome to schedule an event any time in the year that accommodates your calendar. Printed materials, speakers, films, and discussion guides are available to you at no cost from TCADP. We are happy to work with you on developing a program that fits your needs and capacity. To learn more or to request resources go to: http://tcadp.org/faith-community-event-sign-up/ (under Programs, click on “Religious Outreach”) or call the TCADP office at 512-441-1808.

The Month of Faith in Action will culminate in a conversation hosted by Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, with two Austin clergy on Friday, October 12, 2012 at St. Edward’s University.  More details to come.  RSVP and Reserve your tickets today.

Recent News
2012 Texas Democratic Party Platform Endorses Abolition of the Death Penalty!

During the Texas State Democratic Convention, which took place June 7-8, 2012 in Houston, delegates voted to endorse abolition of the death penalty in the 2012 Texas Democratic Party Platform. We are immensely grateful to everyone who played a role in securing this victory for justice! The revised section on the death penalty cites the risk of executing the innocent and growing momentum towards abolition nationwide among other reasons that “Texas Democrats call for the passage of legislation that would abolish the death penalty in Texas and replace it with the punishment of life in prison without parole.”

Read the full text as it appears on pages 30-31 of the platform and view photos of our booth and workshop on “Progress Towards Repealing the Death Penalty in Texas,” featuring State Representative Jessica Farrar, exonoree Anthony Graves, State Democratic Executive Committee member JC Dufresne, and TCADP Executive Director Kristin Houlé.

Update on Hank Skinner (granted stay of execution on November 7, 2011):
On June 1, 2012, the State of Texas filed an advisory with the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in which it agreed to DNA testing for death row inmate Henry “Hank” Skinner. Skinner was convicted of the 1993 Pampa murders of his girlfriend Twila Busby and her two adult sons. Last year he faced two serious execution dates, even though key pieces of evidence collected at the crime scene have never been subjected to DNA testing.

Later in June, Skinner’s attorneys and the State of Texas reached an agreement that secures DNA testing in this case. There are lingering concerns, however, as a key piece of evidence – the sweat-stained, blood-spattered men’s windbreaker jacket found next to the victim’s body – is missing and will not be subjected to testing. Read a statement from Skinner’s attorney, Rob Owen.

Announcements

TCADP invites local organizations and institutions to sign an Organizational Statement of Support and Affiliation, which pledges public support for our efforts to end the death penalty in Texas.  Download and share the form with faith communities, civic groups, or any other organizations with which you are affiliated.  Please send completed forms to: TCADP; 2709 S. Lamar Blvd, Suite 109; Austin, TX 78704. Thank you!

Calendar

July

No El Paso Chapter meeting this month.

7-12 NAACP National Convention, Houston*

18 Scheduled Execution: Yokamon Hearn; Dallas Chapter meeting 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org

August

1 Scheduled Execution: Marcus Druery

5 Odessa Chapter meeting 4:00pm, odessa@tcadp.org

7 Scheduled Execution: Marvin Wilson

15 Dallas Chapter meeting 7:00pm, dallas@tcadp.org

22 Scheduled Execution: John Balentine

27 EPADP meeting 6:00pm, elpaso@tcadp.org

TCADP will staff an information booth at events marked with a star.  For more information about these events or to volunteer to staff a table, email info@tcadp.org.

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18 August 2010 ~ Comments Off

Save the Date: Austin Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, September 28th, 7 PM, at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2140 Allandale Road, Austin there will be a panel discussion about capital punishment featuring three individuals who view it from very different and unique perspectives.

The panel members include:

Professor Rob Owen, UT Law School and Co-Director of the Capital Punishment Center. Rob has defended people facing the death penalty at every level of state and federal court system, including arguing successfully at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Reverend Sidney Hall, Senior Pastor, Trinity United Methodist Church, Austin. Rev. Hall leads a congregation that describes itself as inclusive and that is active in social justice issues.

Michael Heath, murder victim family. Michael brings a voice and perspective to the issue of capital punishment that answers the challenge, “…but what if it were your family member…?”

Please put this date on your calendar, invite  friends and plan to be with us for this interesting event.

For more info email austin@tcadp.org.

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25 March 2010 ~ Comments Off

Baylor Professor Asks "What if Jesus had been tried under Texas law?"

Mark Osler, a panelist at TCADP’s 2010 Annual Conference, former prosecutor, and current professor of law at Baylor University, is also author of “Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and the American Capital Punishment System”. The idea for the book came after Osler decided to stage the trial of Christ under the rules of Texas law for a Waco congregation.

Osler spoke of his experience with Michael Landauer of the Dallas Morning News. The interview covers a great deal of information on Osler’s bold experiment and the book, one part highlighted here:
Landauer: Do you believe Jesus — and by extension God, his father — wanted his followers to oppose the death penalty?
Osler: I do believe that. I discern God’s will largely through the Bible, and I believe that God wrote the story that Jesus lived out on Earth. That means that God chose the roles Jesus played for a reason, to teach us and show us what is important. Doesn’t it matter, then, that God chose Jesus to be a capital defendant?
To read the interview in its entirety click here.
To purchase Osler’s book from Amazon, click here.

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01 February 2010 ~ Comments Off

Faith and the Death Penalty in Texas

Faith and the Death Penalty in Texas

Instructor: Roger C. Barnes, Ph.D., Professor, University of the Incarnate Word.
Details: Three Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., February 22, March 1, 8, 2010.
Tuition: $25. Register by February 15.
Enrollment Limits: 10 minimum/ 35 maximum.

Course Description: Texas has executed nearly 450 individuals since it resumed executions in 1982. It leads the nation in the total number of executions and has a death row population of almost 400 people. What does the death penalty mean for people of faith who live in Texas? What should be the Christian response to executions? What is the human, financial and ethical toll of the death penalty? These and other aspects of the death penalty are to be examined in this course. About the Instructor: Roger C. Barnes, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology at the University of the Incarnate Word. He teaches criminology, criminal justice, sociological theory, and the sociology of the death penalty, among other courses. Dr. Barnes has specialized both as a scholar and as a social activist on the death penalty. His writings on the death penalty and crime and justice issues have appeared in the National Social Science Journal, the Journal of Interdisciplinary Education, the Journal of South Texas Studies, the Criminal Justice Journal, Police Studies, Verbum Incarnatum, and in books and newspapers. Dr. Barnes taught for three years at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, and as a young college student in 1970 visited prisoners on Arkansas’ death row. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Kansas, where he also received his doctoral degree.

For further information or to register contact 210-732-9927 or visit us on the web at www.upcsa.org/sol-center.  You can also contact us at solcenter@upcsa.org
 
SoL Center at University Presbyterian Church
300 Bushnell Ave at Shook
San Antonio, TX 78212
210-732-9927

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