Death Penalty

“Our Social Principles are eloquent about the sanctity of human life and how capital punishment undermines our society’s values.” – Great Plains Area Bishop Scott Jones

The Great Plains Conference is active in opposing the death penalty and works with other ecumenical agencies to lobby against continuing the practice.

Social Principles, United Methodist Book of Discipline, ¶164G:
We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings. The United Methodist Church is deeply concerned about crime throughout the world and the value of any life taken by a murder or homicide. We believe all human life is sacred and created by God and therefore, we must see all human life as significant and valuable. When governments implement the death penalty (capital punishment), then the life of the convicted person is devalued and all possibility of change in that person’s life ends. We believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and that the possibility of reconciliation with Christ comes through repentance. This gift of reconciliation is offered to all individuals without exception and gives all life new dignity and sacredness. For this reason, we oppose the death penalty (capital punishment) and urge its elimination from all criminal codes.

Death Penalty Opposition partners:

Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty
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Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty.
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