Attention Maryland Faith Leaders
February 16, 2012
Ash Wednesday Call to Congregations
Death Penalty Lobby Day
February 22, 2012
We continue to encourage all religious leaders in Maryland to support the Letter from Maryland Religious Leaders
for Repeal of the Death Penalty 2012, which can be endorsed here.
Plan now for Ash Wednesday in Annapolis with the ecumenical community. This is a Call to Congregations to join together on the first day of Lent, to worship as one, receive the imposition of ashes, and then, with the mark of the penitent on our foreheads, visit legislators to call for the repeal of the death penalty. An ecumenical service will be presided over by Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton. Leaders from the Ecumenical Leaders' Group and the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council will begin with prayer and repentance. The service will be immediately followed by a press conference at Lawyers' Mall. If you belong to a congregation that holds an Ash Wednesday early morning service, join us immediately afterwards at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Church Circle, Annapolis, Md. Following the imposition of ashes will organize to go out to seek the support of our elected officials.
Religious Lobby Day for Death Penalty Repeal Schedule:
Ash Wednesday Service
St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Church Circle
199 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, MD
The Right Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, and other religious leaders from the Ecumenical Leaders' Group and the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council will lead this service of prayer of repentance and the imposition of ashes.
Interfaith Press Conference
There is unanimity across Maryland's faith communities that the death penalty should be abandoned. Stand with religious leaders to urge passage of the 2012 bill to repeal the death penalty and appropriate the savings to aid murder victims' families (Senate Bill 872, http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/billfile/SB0872.htm, and House Bill 949, http://mlis.state.md.us/2012rs/billfile/hb0949.htm).
9:30 am - 11:00am
Interfaith breakfast & briefing for lobbying
Plan to meet with your legislators to urge support for death penalty repeal. Schedule appointments with your legislators today! Please contact the staff of Maryland Citizens Against State Executions when your meeting has been scheduled at 301-779-5230 or
Crowd visits galleries during session around 10:45 am.
This event is co-sponsored by MD Citizens Against State Executions, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, Central Maryland Ecumenical Council, and other organizations.