Church and Society Witness to Innocence Breakfast
The TAC board of Church and Society is scheduled to host Witness to Innocence Breakfast during Annual Conference on Wednesday, May 6 at the San Luis Hotel.
You have an opportunity to hear Clarence Brandley speak about his experience on death row and the circumstances that led to his exoneration. Clarence is an active member of Witness to Innocence, a non-profit organization composed of individuals who were wrongly convicted and sentenced to death. They work tirelessly to change a system that sends innocent people to death row:
Is there anything more horrific than the execution of a human being for a crime he or she did not commit? In a nation that considers itself the standard bearer for human rights, such an outrageous “mistake” is shameful and unacceptable.
But we must recognize the unconscionable human rights abuses that have been committed against 138 wrongfully convicted men and women in America who have looked death in the face and lived to tell about it.
Witness to Innocence is the nation’s only organization composed of, by and for exonerated death row survivors and their loved ones. These individuals are actively engaged in the struggle to end the death penalty, challenging the American public to grapple with the problem of a fatally flawed criminal justice system that sends innocent people to death row. (witnesstoinnocence.org)
For over fifty years the United Methodist Church has taken a strong position against the death penalty: “We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings. The United Methodist Church is deeply concerned about crime throughout the world and the value of any life taken by a murder or homicide…. We believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that the possibility of reconciliation with Christ comes through repentance. This gift of reconciliation is offered to all individuals without exception and gives all life new dignity and sacredness. For this reason, we oppose the death penalty (capital punishment) and urge its elimination from all criminal codes.” (Paragraph 164 G, The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church.)
Join Church and Society members at the San Luis Hotel on May 6 at 7:00 A.M. to hear Clarence Brandley speak and to explore the challenging issues surrounding the death penalty.