The Spark: Christians as Catalysts Against the Death Penalty

Although I live in New Orleans it’s not often I have a chance to give a talk there, so I’m delighted that later on this month I’ll be home and talking about Christians as Catalysts Against the Death Penalty. While I’ve been traveling the...

The Pope’s strong stance against the death penalty

Today, the Pope made one of his strongest statements in support of the elimination of the death penalty. He was addressing the members of the wonderful Catholic Sant’Egidio Community on the theme “No Justice Without Life”, when he said that he...

Afterglow – The lightning in Fayetteville

I sat right next to him.  I was vaguely aware of the vast audience shrouded in darkness, but mostly I was just listening and talking with him. On the panel we were invited to share what had led us onto the path of non-violence, and when I shared the experience of my...

Encounter with the Dalai Lama and Vincent Harding

On May 11, I spoke on a panel at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, with Professor Vincent Harding and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Sidney Burris, moderator of the panel, began by asking the three of us to share what led us onto the path of nonviolence, and he...

California Catholic Lawyers Against the Death Penalty

Santa Clara University, which is run by the Jesuits, has launched a website to educate Catholics about the death penalty.  The website, sponsored by the University together with California Catholic Lawyers Against the Death Penalty, actively promotes the repeal of...

Being fearlessly compassionate

I recently read Walter Long’s small pamphlet An Art of Small Resurrections: Surviving the Texas Death Chamber. Long works as a defense attorney for death row inmates in Texas. In the pamphlet, he asks: “Can those of us who come from the Christian tradition primarily...
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