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Not One More! : Words from Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Faith Leader Lobby Day

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  Good afternoon. My name is Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. I am standing right outside of the Governors office here in Texas. We just dropped off a faith leader sign on letter with over 550 signatures of Texas faith leaders…who are committed to abolishing the death penalty. I am so proud to be standing with […]

May Love Win: The Queerness of Working to Abolishing the Death Penalty

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*Words Delivered at Hope for Peace & Justice’s “I’m Queer and I Care Rally” at the Legacy of Love Monument in Dallas, Texas   Good evening, my name is the Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood, Minister of Social Justice for Hope for Peace & Justice. I am grateful for this opportunity to be out here tonight […]

Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #501 John Quintanilla, Jr. / July 16, 2013

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*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. John Quintanilla, Jr.- “…tell my wife that I love her…” Who do you love? If you had a needle stuck in your arm about to pump poison through your veins, who would you express your love to […]

No More Murders! : Stop the Supreme Court and the People of Georgia with Prayer

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  There is an old story about Jesus. During one of his marathon sessions, the entire house he was teaching in filled up and everyone wanted to share a moment with Jesus. Hearing that he had the power to heal people, a group across town picked up their disabled neighbor and carried him on a […]

The Cycle of Violence: Voting and Texas Politics

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  Over and over again, I listened to the voices that argued for the need to support progressive candidates that line up with progressive politics on “nearly every issue.”  Unfortunately, the “nearly every issue” part always seems to exclude the death penalty here in Texas.  Even the most progressive candidates are for the death penalty.  […]

A Lesbian is Murdered and Nobody Cares…

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  “Lesbian Murdered.”  What if that was all the news headlines said?  I have a feeling that most of the progressive community would be up in arms and ready to fight.  There would be petitions and rallies demanding action.  We would invoke the name of God and whatever else we could get a hold of […]

Claiming Justice and Killing Jesus: The Execution of Willie Trottie

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  “…I was in prison, and you visited me.”  Jesus doesn’t say, “I was not guilty in prison, and you came to me.”  Jesus binds his flesh with the flesh of those who have no hope.  Willie Trottie is left with little hope.  Tonight, the State of Texas will kill Trottie by lethal injection.  We […]

The Last Testament of Joseph Wood: The Prophet of a Botched Execution

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  “Why have you forsaken me?” is a proper description of what many of us might feel if someone was standing over us about to intentionally inject deadly chemicals into our body.  Joseph Wood spent time talking about his love for Jesus.  How are we to respond when a man who has been convicted of […]

Theology from Death Row Letter 3 / Texas Death Row Inmate Will Speer on The Meaning of Evil

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ARE WE EVIL? I have spent much of my time in prison considering this question.  Different answers seem to come at different times.  I really believe the answer is ultimately NO.  We are not evil people.  We are people who are sinners.  We are prone to do bad things.  Some of these bad things are […]

Across the Borders and Into the Flames: Rev. Charles Moore, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Bishop Yvette Flunder and Us

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Resurrection is not possible without death.  Rev. Charles Moore knew about resurrection and his fullest revelation of death came about quite violently.  The flickering flame at the front of his funeral reminded us of the immolation and alluded to the endless possibilities of resurrection.  The world is on fire and Moore wanted us to follow […]

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