Christian activist to speak Nov. 11 at Brookside church on abolishing the death penalty

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Speaker and activist Shane Claiborne to speak in Manchester Nov. 11.

MANCHESTER, NH – Christian activist and author Shane Claiborne will speak about abolishing the death penalty, and his book,Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us,at public events in Manchester and Durham on Saturday, November 11.

Claiborne, who worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, heads Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.” Shane’s activism has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and against war and the death penalty. His work has appeared inEsquire,SPIN,Christianity Today, andThe Wall Street Journal, and he has been on Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR.

Mr. Claiborne will speak and take questions at two public events on Saturday.

  • 2 p.m.,Brookside Congregational Church at2013 Elm Streetin Manchester.
  • 7 p.m., The Community Church of Durham at 17 Main Street in Durham.

In a 2010 statement, agreed unanimously by the 10 member churches, the Council stated:

Scripture cautions us: “Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all” (Romans12:17). From this Christian perspective we are led to conclude that the death penalty does not provide justice.

The Executive Director of the Council of Churches, Rev. Jason Wells further said:

“Shane is an engaging and faith-filled speaker who can help Christians reflect on their beliefs more deeply as next year the New Hampshire legislature debates a bill to abolish our state’s death penalty.”

This event is sponsored by the New Hampshire Council of Churches and the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.

About the New Hampshire Council of Churches

The New Hampshire Council of Churches is a community of ten Christian denominations in the state. Through the Council, the denominations co-operate to promote Christian unity, prayer, interfaith dialogue, and to strengthen Christian values in society.

For more information, please visithttp://www.nhchurches.orgor contact Rev. Jason Wells at(603) For more information about the New Hampshire Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, please visit

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