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A fat man prays in a world that knows hunger

God of abundance,

we pray for people who are hungry,

people who live with food insecurity. 

Lead us by your Holy Spirit

to help feed your children, our siblings,

who are in need

Lead us by your Holy Spirit

to join movements

working to disrupt and transform

systems and factors that create and perpetuate

hunger and food insecurity;

ensure that your children, our siblings, 

are able to feed themselves in dignity. 

We pray in the name of Jesus 

who fed the multitudes

and challenges the system of domination. 

Amen. 

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Stop the execution of Kelly Gissendaner

The state of Georgia should not execute Kelly Gissendaner on Monday, 2 March as currently scheduled. Tell Governor Nathan Deal to stop the execution.

The state of Georgia should not execute Kelly Gissendaner because:

  • while she asked someone to kill her husband, she did not kill him;
  • the person who killed Doug Gissendaner does not face a possible execution for his actions;
  • she has repented of her role in her husband’s murder;
  • she has been rehabilitated in secular terms; transformed by God in theological terms;
  • she has demonstrated that transformation in her living;
  • she has ministered to other inmates, serving as a “calming spirit”; and
  • inmates report on her role in their lives, including several who she helped as they contemplated suicide.

For all these reasons, the state of Georgia should not execute Kelly Grissendaner.

But, even if none of these reasons existed, her execution should not take place.

The execution of Kelly Grissendaner, or of any other child of God, demeans the state. It lowers the state to the level of those who kill. At the same time, it places the state in the position of God, making life and death decision. And, to paraphrase Dean Smith, state executions, in a democracy, make murderers of us all.

The state of Georgia should not execute Kelly Gissendaner on Monday, 2 March as currently scheduled or at any other time. Tell Governor Nathan Deal to stop the execution.

See you along the Trail.

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