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.
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.
Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem
Catholic Archdiocese of Portland
Central Pacific Conference
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church
Professor of Law, Willamette University
Student of Sikhism
St. Mark Presbyterian Church
Portland Mennonite Church
Episcopal Diocese of Oregon
Society of Friends
Congregation Neveh Shalom
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Christian Church Disciples of Christ
Church of the Brethren
Order of Inter-Being
First Baptist Church