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The following Christian denominations either oppose or do not support the death penalty:

  • American Baptist Church–“The General Board of the American Baptist Churches recommends the abolition of capital punishment in those states which still practice it and urges churches and members of our American Baptist constituency to support groups and agencies working for the abolition of capital punishment in those governmental jurisdictions of the U.S. where it is still authorized by law.”
  • Assemblies of God–“Opinion in the Assemblies of God on capital punishment is mixed.”
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormonism)–“We neither promote nor oppose capital punishment.”
  • Disciples of Christ–“We believe the death penalty to be contrary to God’s passion for justice. Criminal action is a reflection of human brokenness and sin. Many of our responses to criminal action continue the cycle of brokenness and sin in our society… Therefore, be it resolved that the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) calls upon elected officials to abolish the death penalty.”
  • The Episcopal Church –“We call upon the Episcopal Church to pursue and work vigorously for an immediate moratorium and the subsequent abolition of the death penalty.”
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church in America–“The practice of the death penalty undermines any possible moral message we might want to ‘send.’ It is not fair and fails to make society better or safer. The message conveyed by an execution, reflected in the attention it receives from the public, is one of brutality and violence.”
  • The Orthodox Church in America–“Supports the abolition of of the death penalty.”
  • Presbyterian Church USA–“Capital punishment cannot be condoned by an interpretation of the Bible based upon the revelation of God’s love in Jesus Christ.”
  • Roman Catholic Church–“Ending the death penalty would be one important step away from a culture of death and toward building a culture of life.”
  • Unitarian Universalist Association–“Urges its churches and fellowships in the United States and Canada to exert all reasonable efforts toward the elimination of capital punishment.” (The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations does not describe itself as a part of the Christian faith, but its roots are in Christianity; therefore, it is included under the heading of Christianity.)
  • United Church of Christ–“The Twenty-second General Synod of the United Church of Christ reaffirms the long-standing opposition within the United Church of Christ to the death penalty and urges the abolition of capital punishment.”
  • The United Methodist Church–“We believe the death penalty denies the power of Christ to redeem, restore and transform all human beings.”

(Via the Death Penalty Information Center)



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