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GREAT WEDNESDAY WEBINAR SERIES

Each month, Palmer invites a conversation between our Rector, the Reverend Neil Willard, and contemporary thought leaders across a range of disciplines. These webinars offer the chance to join in great conversation from the comfort of your home. You don't even have to get dressed up; all you have to do is register (see below under each date)!

January 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM- Sister Helen Prejean

Sister Prejean is a renowned leader in efforts to stop the death penalty and the author of the bestselling book Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. In 1982 Sister Prejean, a Roman Catholic nun in New Orleans, began corresponding with Patrick Sonnier, who had been sentenced to death by the state of Louisiana for the murder of two teenagers. Two years later, when he was killed in the electric chair, Sister Prejean was there to witness his execution. Subsequently she became spiritual adviser to another death row inmate, Robert Lee Willie, who was also executed. Her experiences led to her writing Dead Man Walking, which ignited a national debate on capital punishment and inspired an Academy Award winning movie, play and opera. She has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to all executions.

Sister Prejean continues her activism today, dividing her time between educating the public, campaigning against the death penalty, counseling death row prisoners and working with murder victims’ survivors. Her second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, was published in 2004; and her third book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, in 2019.

Over the decades, she has made personal approaches to two popes, John Paul II and Pope Francis, urging them to establish the Catholic Church’s position as unequivocally opposed to capital punishment under any circumstances. Not long after meeting with Sister Prejean in August 2018, Pope Francis announced new language of the Catholic Catechism which declares that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person, with no exceptions. 

Please register in advance for this webinar by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

February 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM– The. Rev. Dr. Will Willimon

The Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at the Divinity School, Duke University. He served eight years as Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, where he led the 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors in North Alabama. For twenty years prior to the episcopacy, he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of roughly one hundred books. Over a million copies of his books have been sold. In 1996, an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world.

Please register in advance for this webinar by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

March 10, 2021 at 7:00 PM– Jeanne Bishop

Jeanne Bishop is a public defender, human rights advocate, writer, speaker, teacher and mom. Since the 1990 murders of her sister Nancy Bishop Langert, her husband and their unborn baby, she has advocated for forgiveness and reconciliation, violence prevention and reform of the criminal justice system to make it more merciful.

Bishop is the author of Change of Heart: Justice, Mercy, and Making Peace with My Sister’s Killer. (Westminster John Knox Press 2015) and Grace From the Rubble: Two Fathers’ Road to Reconciliation After the Oklahoma City Bombing. Sister Helen Prejean called Bishop's latest book "a searing and much-needed reminder that we can move past cycles of hatred" and Publisher's Weekly has named it a Top 10 Pick.

Please register in advance for this webinar by clicking here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

April 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM– And Interfaith Conversation with Father Nicholas Porter and Dr. Yehezkel Landau 

This Great Wednesday event is co-hosted by Jerusalem Peacebuilders and Palmer Church in honor of Stuart and Angie Kensinger and will feature a lively conversation among these thought leaders. More information to come.