Learn to love again: An Annual Letter to the Editor

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    December 31, 2017     *published in multiple publications     Learn to love again     Christopher Wilkins, Terry Edwards, Rolando Ruiz, James Bigby, TaiChin Preyor, Robert Pruett and Ruben Ramirez.   Supposedly, their demise made us safer. I doubt that you’ve heard these names. I doubt that you know you killed […]

Robert Pruett & Bullshit Figures


  Justice is bullshit. There is no such thing. There is only power.   Those of us who want to stop all of this bullshit just don’t have enough of it yet. Tonight, the State of Texas executed Robert Pruett. It’s pretty tough to go up against the State. I’ve tried and lost. That doesn’t […]

Morgan Guyton: An interview with Jeff Hood, author of The Execution of God


  Morgan Guyton: An interview with Jeff Hood, author of The Execution of God MG: Hey Jeff, thanks for being willing to talk with me about your new book The Execution of God. It’s a very fascinating theological account of the death penalty. I wanted to start off by asking: how did you get started in […]

A Death Penalty Prayer Delivered in Dallas/Fort Worth


  Let us pray- Oh God, we have participated in the mechanisms of death. We must repent before we approach you this evening with our requests. We are guilty of murder God. Please forgive us.   (pause) The grace of God extends to the vilest of sinners. Let us proceed with the knowledge that our sins […]

The Prayer at the End of the Walk to Stop Executions


*Closing Prayer at the Walk to Stop Executions at Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio Almighty God…We know you by many names…but today we gather for a primary purpose of abolition…but first we must repent. We repent that we wake up most days and don’t give a shit about the death penalty. We repent that […]

Queer Cosmology and the Penalty of Death


*Lecture delivered in Columbus, Ohio on 10/9/2015   Queer theorists and theologians push against boundaries and borders until they are no more and the individual is liberated to exist in the perfect freedom that is being. Cosmologists study origins and the development of the universe. Tonight, I intend to push us into a queer cosmological […]

The Abolition Prayer at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Circleville, Ohio


  Spirit of Love. Spirit of Light. Spirit of Justice. Fill us from the tips of our toes to the tops of our heads with the passion and commitment necessary to end the death penalty. May the powerful words of abolition never be far from our lips. When we exit through the great wooden doors […]

Testimony on Texas HB 1527: A Bill to Abolish the Death Penalty


  Thank you. My name is Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. I am the Minister of Social Justice for Hope for Peace and Justice…which is the social justice ministry of a consortium of churches in the Dallas area…and I sit on the Board of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. I am here to […]