The Baptist University of the Americas,
The Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas,
and the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
At the Death House Door
A film screening and panel discussion with Rev. Carroll Pickett
At the Death House Door is a 94-minute documentary film that follows the remarkable journey of Rev. Carroll Pickett, who served 15 years as the death house chaplain to the infamous “Walls” prison unit in Huntsville, Texas. During that time he presided over 95 executions, including the very first lethal injection done anywhere in the world. After each execution, Pickett recorded an audiotape account of that fateful day. The film also tells the story of Carlos De Luna, a convict whose execution affected Pickett more than any other. Pickett firmly believed the man was innocent and two Chicago Tribune reporters turn up evidence that strongly suggests he was right.
Part I: At the Death House Door, film screening
Monday, January 30, 2012, 7:00-9:00pm.
(Doors open at 6:30pm, the film will begin promptly at 7pm, and a discussion/ Q&A will follow)
Part II: Panel Discussion, featuring Rev. Carroll Pickett
Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 7:00-9:00pm. (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Other panelists include:
Dr. Javier Elizondo, Theological studies professor at BUA
Sam Millsap, former Bexar County District Attorney
Stephen Reeves (moderator), Christian Life Commission
*** You can also hear Rev. Pickett speak during the BUA chapel service on Tuesday at 11am***
Both the film screening and panel discussion will take place in the chapel at
The Baptist University of the Americas
8019 S. PanAm Expressway (I-35), San Antonio, TX
(Driving south on I-35 from downtown, take exit Poteet / Palo Alto Rd. (149), main campus is located off access road between Navajo and Barlite)
WHAT: These events are FREE and open to the public.
The film screening and discussion on Monday will specifically be geared to those on college campuses in San Antonio who are interested in learning about the flaws and failures of the death penalty and how they can get involved in ending this practice in Texas. A question and answer session with Anita Grabowski, Bexar County Campaign Coordinator for the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, and Stephen Reeves, Legislative Counsel for the Christian Life Commission, will follow the film.
The panel discussion on Tuesday will focus on the speakers’ perspectives on the death penalty and how they came to question its use. Dr. Elizondo and Mr. Reeves will share their reflections on Baptist teachings and the death penalty, including sharing the results of a study that the Christian Life Commission spearheaded about the use of the death penalty in Texas.
*Light refreshments will be served both evenings*
Please RSVP to one or both events at: www.tcadp.org/bexar-county-campaign
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Part 1: Film Screening
Part 2: Panel Discussion
TCADP 2012 Annual Conference: Seizing the Momentum… Creating the Climate for Change
Saturday, February 18, 2012, University of the Incarnate Word Sky Room, San Antonio
Please make plans to join us on Saturday, February 18, 2012 in San Antonio for the 2012 TCADP Annual Conference. The conference features two workshop sessions, a panel discussion on how the changing demographics in Texas will impact our efforts to abolish the death penalty, and networking opportunities with new and old friends. The annual awards ceremony will take place during the luncheon to celebrate those individuals who inspired us in 2011.
Registration for the 2012 TCADP Annual Conference is open. TCADP member, non-member, student, and early-bird rates are available. Prices go up after February 1, 2012.
Advertise in the program to promote your work, congratulate the award winners, and sponsor this annual event. Exhibitor tables are also available. Learn more.
P.S. An additional event is scheduled for February 4th with Professor Roger Barnes and Rev. Carroll Pickett at Our Lady of the Lake University. More details to follow. RSVP will be required due to limited seating.