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                  January 7, 2015  


Blessed are the Peacemakers:
Fellowship, Food & Music with
EPF Colorado &
Blessed are the Peacemakers photo
Saturday, January 31
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Denver

Our morning begins with a short history of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship shared by Rev. Bob Davidson, 3rd generation EPFer! We'll hear activists on topics such as gun violence, immigration, the Israeli/Palestinian situation and the Charter for 
Com- passion (just passed by our diocese).

In the afternoon, we're honored to be joined by Palestinian peace activist 
 Nidal Alfarajin
"People to people contacts, in the long run, are going to do more to promote peace than will our governments." 

Come prove Nidal right!  He's devoted his life to bringing peace and justice to his people; his work has proved a blessing to many.

Are you a Young Adult 18-30? Interested in participating in General Convention this summer?  

Apply Here to participate with EPF.

Deadline March 1, 2015 

The Abolitionist New
Is The Prisoner Sane Enough To Be Executed?
by The Rev. Mary Janet "Bean" Murray 

     The State of Texas did not execute Scott Panetti on December 3rd. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has temporarily stayed his execution "pending further order of the court to allow us to fully consider the late arriving and complex legal questions at issue in this matter." Perhaps during this period he will get his first psychiatric evaluation in seven years, which can help to determine if he is sane enough to be put to death for the 1992 murders of his estranged wife's parents. There is no question that he carried out the murders, but did he have the mental capacity to understand what he did and that it was wrong, is what is being contested.

.....Wait a minute. Let's back up here. Did I say "sane enough to be executed?" This is Texas' big conundrum - proving the degree of his illness to qualify him for the death penalty. It seems as though making such a valid determination should be right up there with the age-old question of determining how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. I'm prejudiced against the death penalty, of course, but an obvious solution to the problem of deciding if someone is sane enough to be killed by the state is to remove the possibility of execution - no death penalty, no necessity to rule on the finer points of a person's mental illness.

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