Russ Feingold

It's just really tragic that after all the horrors of the last 1,000 years, we can't leave behind something as primitive as government sponsored execution.

-Russ Feingold

Aberon Waugh

The main objection to killing people as a punishment...is that killing people is wrong.

-Aberon Waugh

Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death.

-Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun

John Donne

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.

-John Donne

Helen Prejean

Government... can't be trusted to control its own bureaucrats or collect taxes equitably or fill a pothole, much less decide which of it's citizens to kill.

-Sister Helen Prejean

Oregon Religious Leaders Voice Opposition to Death Penalty

On October 16, 2013, fifteen leaders of Oregon's religious communities gathered at First United Methodist Church in Portland to voice their opposition to Oregon's death penalty and present their reasons for advocating its abolition. The convocation and dinner was sponsored by Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (OADP) and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO).

We hope you will carefully consider this powerful collection of moral and practical reasons for opposition to capital punishment.

Participants included:

Rev. Mark Knutson
Pastor

Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church
NE Portland

Rev. Rick Davis
Minister

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
 

Archbishop Alexander Sample
 

Catholic Archdiocese of Portland
 

Rev. Dr. Walter John Boris
Conference Minister

Central Pacific Conference
United Church of Christ

Rev. Peg Lofsvold
Cascadia District Superintendent

Oregon-Idaho Conference
United Methodist Church

Sukhsimranjit Singh
 

Professor of Law, Willamette University
Student of Sikhism

Rev. Dr. Barbara J. Campbell
Pastor

St. Mark Presbyterian Church
Portland

Rt. Rev. Michael J. Hanley
Bishop

Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
 

Patricia Shepard
 

Society of Friends
(Quakers)

Rabbi Daniel Isaak
 

Congregation Neveh Shalom
Portland

Bishop David Brauer-Rieke
 

Oregon Synod
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Dr. Rodney Page
 

Christian Church Disciples of Christ
 

J. Colleen Michael
Executive Minister

Church of the Brethren
 

Arthur Davis
 

Order of Inter-Being
Buddhist Tradition

Rev. Kent Harrop
Pastor

First Baptist Church
McMinnville

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