Thursday, March 20, 2008

 

A Tribute

By now, most everyone has already heard about the tragedy at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, with the murder of the student body President, Eve Carson. It appears that Eve was the victim of a random act of violence which took her young life and all its potential. Two young men have been arrested for her murder.

In the wake of such a horrible, senseless tragedy, there is always anger, fear, and confusion, particularly when the victim is someone who so many people knew and who has served as such a fine example of service to others. The question for us as a people is always, "How do we choose to respond when faced with such violence and disregard for human life?"

Steve Dear, a friend and colleague in the abolition movement who is the executive director of North Carolina's People of Faith Against the Death Penalty, wrote a wonderful op ed for a local paper in North Carolina concerning the tragedy. The piece was so moving that I wanted to share it with you.

Please read the op ed here.
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Easter is upon us and every vigil at every execution has always made me feel like I've been transported back 2 thousand years to another death penalty execution. The guards - the Roman centurians....etc.

"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do."

We want to forgive when we want to heal ourselves from the shadows of past tragedy. When we forgive, we are doing what seems right and good because we first felt the breath of forgiving love on our heart through Grace from our Father.
 
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