The United Church of Christ historically has opposed capital punishment. We first formalized this position in 1969 and we have reaffirmed it many times in the years since. In 2005 our General Synod passed a resolution calling for the common good as a foundational idea in the United States. We simply believe that murder is wrong, whether committed by individuals or the state. Currently our churches are working for abolition of the death penalty.
Spring 2012: Ohio considers abolition of the death penalty.
Ndume Olatushani: Finally Home—June 2012
TROY DAVIS Executed—September 21, 2011
The State of Georgia executed Troy Davis on September 21, 2011, even though seven of the nine witnesses who testified that he committed murder have recanted their testimony, and one of the two remaining witnesses has been implicated as the actual killer. The original judge in his case said his ruling was “not ironclad” and the original prosecutor has said that he has reservations about Davis’s guilt. Read reflections from the UCC:
Mumia Abu-Jamal (Wesley Cook) was a political activist and radio journalist. In 1982, he was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. Mumia Abu-Jamal was removed from death row in January 2012 and is now serving a life sentence. Learn more and listen to a letter from Mumia Abu-Jamal as read by Susan Sarandon.