Interfaith Group Works to End Death Penalty

January 24, 2009

Author: Ron Cassie

Source: The Frederick News-Post

Clergy representing more than 1,000 congregations across Maryland, have signed and sent a letter to the General Assembly and Gov. Martin O'Malley, urging the repeal of "the law allowing for the state execution of men and women."

As part of the Interfaith Coalition to End the Death Penalty's advocacy campaign, preachers across the state will be join in a "Death Penalty Sabbath" effort Sunday, discussing the hope for repeal with their congregations, and in some cases, organizing letter-writing drives to state representatives.

Beth Reilly of Frederick, a lay member of the United Methodist Church, said Brookhill United Methodist Church pastor Conrad O. Link plans to encourage a letter-writing campaign this Sunday and Middletown United Methodist Church plans a similar effort Feb. 1.

Reilly said she's contacted numerous religious groups on behalf of the coalition, including other Methodist congregations, several Catholic and Presbyterian churches, Kol Ami (a reformed Jewish congregation), the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, the Unity Church, the Frederick Friends Meeting House, Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ, Grace United Church of Christ, Evangelical Lutheran Church, and All Saints Episcopal Church.