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Sr. Helen Prejean at The Well
Queen Anne United Methodist Church
Seattle, WA
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Oct 13, 2014 7:00 PM



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Thank you so much for joining us for an evening with Sister Helen Prejean. We hope her words and work inspire you to labor for restorative justice.


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Sr. Helen Prejean at The Well
Sister Helen Prejean will be speaking on justice (restorative and retributive) and the death penalty.  

Sister Helen Prejean has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on the death penalty and helping to shape the Catholic Church's newly vigorous opposition to state executions.  She travels around the world giving talks about her ministry.  She considers herself a southern storyteller.

Sister Helen is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph.  She spent her first years with the Sisters teaching religion to junior high school students.  Realizing that being on the side of poor people is an essential part of the Gospel she moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans and began working at Hope House from 1981  1984.
During this time, she was asked to correspond with a death row inmate Patrick Sonnier at Angola.  She agreed and became his spiritual adviser.  After witnessing his execution, she wrote a book about the experience.  The result was Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.  It became a movie starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn, which was turned into an opera and a play for high schools and colleges.

Since 1984, Sister Helen has divided her time between educating citizens about the death penalty and counseling individual death row prisoners.  She has accompanied six men to their deaths.  In doing so, she began to suspect that some of those executed were not guilty.  This realization inspired her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, which was released by Random House in December of 2004.

Sr. Helen is presently at work on another book - RIVER OF FIRE: MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY.

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Queen Anne United Methodist Church (View)
1606 5th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119
United States


Categories

Arts > Literary
Arts > Other
Education > Classes
Other > Political
Other > Spiritual

Kid Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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