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Tennessee United Methodists Protest The Electric Chair

Tennessee and Memphis Conference United Methodists convened on the steps of the Tennessee state capital to protest a bill that would implement the use of the electric chair in death penalty sentences.

Borrowed Arms

Cheryl Smith, pastor of the Wesley Memorial UMC which sits one mile from death row at the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville (nicknamed The Walls Unit) reflects on her experience of ministry at a recent execution.

When it happens where you live

By Cheryl Smith, Special Contributor… As any realtor will tell you, the most important factors in buying property are location, location, location. Where you are really does make a difference. Before June 2011, by virtue of my distance from it, I could ignore the state-imposed death penalty in Texas. Sure, I might have known that […]

Bearing prayerful witness to a ‘legalized killing’

By Cheryl Smith, Special Contributor… “You know, he was the first baby I ever held,” she said softly with a gentle lisp. “He was the first baby that they ever trusted me to hold. I still remember that.” She mopped her brow in the heat. Her dark eyes and chocolate skin contrasted with my fair […]