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A Resolution: The Death Penalty, 2001
Mennonite Church USA


In view of our Christian responsibility to value all human life we are compelled to set forth our opposition to all capital punishment.

Whereas

  • The General Conference Mennonite Church called for "federal and state governments . . . to discontinue the use of the death penalty" at Estes Park, Colorado, July 16, 1965;
  • The Mennonite Church called for "federal and state governments . . . to discontinue the use of the death penalty" at Kidron, Ohio, August 1965;
  • The criminal justice system has sent innocent people to death row, and the death penalty is applied in a racially-discriminatory fashion, and disproportionately to some of society's most vulnerable people; and
  • We acknowledge the deep grief of families of murder victims and victims of capital punishment laws; hold them in our prayers; and commit ourselves to walk with them;

Therefore we resolve that Mennonite Church USA appeal to state and federal governments to abolish the death penalty.

We resolve further that the Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA address this issue with the President of the United States and urge area conferences to address relevant governors.

We further urge congregations to take action to support abolition of the death penalty through prayer, letter writing, and public vigils at murder sites and at prisons where executions occur.



Adopted by Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly, Nashville, Tennessee, July 7, 2001, Minutes, p. 49.


 

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