We, the editors of Symposium Ethics (and as former residents of the state of Georgia), stand in solidarity with Kelly Gissendaner and our colleagues working to save her life. Kelly Gissendaner is the only woman on Georgia’s death row and is scheduled to be killed on September 29th. Her story is one of God’s grace and redemption. However, we take our stand not only because of the compelling nature of her personal story but because, as Christian ethicists, we oppose the death penalty in the contemporary United States as inherently unjust and a violation of human rights. This is true in the case of Kelly Gissendaner as it was true in the case of Troy Davis and every other person executed by the State of Georgia.
Kelly’s friends and colleagues are calling on people to join them in opposing this decision and to work on saving Kelly’s life. In addition, they have invited people to join Kelly in reading Jürgen Moltmann’s Theology of Hope. We invite our readers to join with Kelly in reading this life and world changing theological text as she approaches the date of her execution, and to reflect with her and others on the ways that Christian hope calls us to act for justice.
Please join us in the labor of justice, love, hope, and grace by working to save Kelly’s life, and by standing in solidarity with her as she reflects on the meaning of the hope of Jesus as she faces her pending execution.
May God have mercy on us all.