Day: September 30, 2015

Oklahoma execution halted

Oklahoma execution halted

The Washington Post and other news outlets are reporting that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has temporarily halted the execution of Richard Glossip, the second of six executions scheduled over five days, beginning with Kelly Gissendaner’s execution early this morning in Georgia. Glossip’s execution had been scheduled for 3 p.m. He had asked the U.S. Supreme Court […]

Repentance and remembrance: African-American poet and parishioner Mai DeKonza

Repentance and remembrance: African-American poet and parishioner Mai DeKonza

St. Paul’s Episcopal in Clay Center, Kansas, joined by parishioners from Ward Chapel AME Church in Junction City, held a service of repentance on September 20, remembering the parishioner that so many of its congregation ignored during the 59 years she was a member of St. Paul’s – its only African-American member. The Episcopal News […]

Kelly Gissendaner (1968-2015)

Kelly Gissendaner (1968-2015)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has reported that Kelly Gissendaner was executed by lethal injection at 12:21 a.m., despite pleas from her children, clergy, protesters and Pope Francis, after the Georgia Board of Paroles and Pardons and the U.S. Supreme Court both denied clemency. From The Atlantic: Doug Gissendaner’s parents and siblings support her death sentence, but […]

Speaking to the Soul: thorns and thistles

Speaking to the Soul: thorns and thistles

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but   inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are   grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? Matthew 7:15-16 Stabbed by thorns and choking on thistles A sign that a place will not be safe for souls and hearts and […]