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A Case for Life: Death Penalty Discussion and Book Signing

  • Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church 805 Mount Vernon Highway Atlanta, GA, 30327 United States (map)

Join community and faith leaders and special guest Sister Helen Prejean for a panel discussion on the death penalty in America. The forum will be followed by a reception and book signing of A Case for Life: Justice, Mercy, and the Death Penalty. This event at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church is free and open to the public.

To accompany the authors, Sister Helen Prejean, author of the international best-selling book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty, will provide her perspective from the front lines advocating for the abolition of the death penalty since 1981. The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, Archbishop, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta, will also speak on how Catholics are opposing the death penalty.


  • 6 p.m. Doors open for registration and book sales

  • 7 p.m. Event begins in the Church

  • 7:30 p.m. Sister Helen Prejean will speak

  • 8:10 p.m. Panel Presentation

  • 8:25 p.m. Discussion among panelists with audience Q&A

  • Reception and book signing by Sister Helen, Bishop Wright, Susan Casey and Justice Fletcher to follow

Within the new book, five authors make compelling arguments against the death penalty from their own perspectives – among them lawyers, faith leaders, and a supreme court justice. Their personal experiences with both victims and perpetrators provide a moral case for ending state-sponsored killing.

The book’s contributors include:

  • The Right Reverend Robert Wright, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

  • Stephen B. Bright, Attorney at Law, Southern Center for Human Rights

  • Susan Casey, Attorney at Law, Appeals attorney for Kelly Gissendaner

  • Bishop C. Andrew Doyle, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas

  • Justice Norman S. Fletcher, Retired Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia


  • February 15, 2018, from 6-9 p.m. at Holy Innocents’

  • This event is free and open to the public

  • Registration is requested

  • Copies of A Case for Life: Justice, Mercy, and the Death Penalty will be available for purchase at the event.

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