Ohioans to Stop Executions will be hosting special gatherings across the state for lay and ordained people of faith to learn more about the current status of Ohio’s death penalty and ways faith communities can work together to end Ohio’s capital punishment system.
Northeast Ohio People of Faith Summit
Friday, May 17 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115
Special guest is Sr. Helen Prejean, acclaimed author of Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents.
RSVP deadline: Monday, May 13 9 a.m.
A letter from OTSE’s Adrian Griffin:
I hope this message finds you well.
As you may agree, Ohio’s death penalty system is broken. For the past 16 months, a joint task force commissioned by the Ohio Supreme Court has convened and is expected to make recommendations to the Ohio legislature as to how the capital punishment system ought to be improved.
Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) anticipates these recommendations will be made later this year as this task force concludes its work and examination of Ohio’s system. We believe some significant proposed changes will be offered. This is an important time for communities of faith and their leaders to gather together to discuss how we can work together and seize upon this opportunity to advocate for much needed reforms.
I invite you to join other people of faith for a summit meeting and discussion on Friday, May 17 at Trinity Cathedral (2230 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland 44115). We will be joined by a very special guest and advocate, Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ — acclaimed author of Dead Man Walking and The Death of Innocents.
Our summit will begin at 11:00 AM and conclude by 2:00 PM. OTSE will provide lunch.
Representatives of the following faiths – African Methodist Episcopal, Episcopal, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Reformed Judaism, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalist, United Church of Christ, and more – will also speak about what their denomination has done to end the death penalty.
As we look around the country and see state after state repeal the death penalty, one common factor is this: people of faith and their communities have played an integral part in the efforts to repeal the death penalty.
We know that individual faith communities have worked hard on this issue and we are grateful for efforts made over the past three decades. However, we propose a new way forward for faith communities to remain engaged on this critical issue. Simply, we believe that faith communities, when working together speaking with one prophetic voice, will have the power to influence the future of Ohio’s death penalty.
We invite you to come to Trinity Cathedral so that we may delve deeper into a thoughtful discussion on how we can all work together to reach the common goal we share: a death penalty-free Ohio.
Please RSVP today by visiting: http://www.otse.org/POF_summit.aspx . Note: RSVP process will close on Monday, May 13 at 9:00 AM.
Northern Ohio Organizer
Ohioans to Stop Executions
P.S. – Please feel free to join us at Trinity Cathedral for two special film screenings about the death penalty. On Tuesday, May 7 from 6:30-8:30 PM, we’ll be showing At the Death House Door, and on Tuesday, June 4 from 6:30-8:30 PM, we’ll be showing The Second Execution of Romell Broom. Both screenings are free and open to the public!