THE DEATH PENALTY IS A MORAL ISSUE – Virtual Discussion
THE DEATH PENALTY IS A MORAL ISSUE (A Virtual Panel)
OCTOBER 11, 7PM ZOOM LINK AVAILABLE HERE
The event will also be shared on Facebook live.
Many ecumenical and inter-faith communities have long stood in opposition to the death penalty. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, for example, believes that the death penalty cannot be used in a justified manner. The ELCA Social Statement states that, ‘opposition to the use of the death penalty grows out of ministry with and to people affected by violent crime.” During the virtual event, you wlil hear faith, legislative, and community leaders speak about their thoughts on the death penalty and legislation in the Ohio General Assembly that will abolish its use in Ohio.
PANEL WILL INCLUDE (subject to change):
- Bishop Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt, Southern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She will share the theological grounding of the ELCA on this issue.
- Jonathan Mann, Vice-Chair of Ohioans to stop executions (OTSE). He will share about the murder of his father and his personal story engaging our criminal justice system as a co-victim.
- Melinda Dawson, a community leader. She will share about her mother’s murder and the fight to make sure the wrong person wasn’t punished for the crime.
- Dr. Rev. Jack Sullivan, Director of the Ohio Council of Churches. who will respond to the personal narratives shared from a personal and theological perspective.
- Representative Adam Miller: Representative Miller is a co-sponsor of HB 183, legislation that will end the death penalty in Ohio.
- Representative Laura Lanese: Representative Lanese is a co-sponsor of HB 183, legislation that will end the death penalty in Ohio.