Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Execution Update

The execution of Albert Brown at San Quentin Prison  has been postponed until Thursday evening at 9 pm while further legal review takes place.

For details, see this article from the San Francisco Chronicle

It is our intention to vigil the day of the execution. Please visit www.diocal.org or www.NativityOnTheHill.org for further announcements and/or contact one of the organizers for up-to-date information.

Vigil at Grace Cathedral
Thursday, September 30, 1 to 2:30 pm
On the Outdoor Labyrinth
Contact the Rev. Margaret Deeths at margaretd@gracecathedral.org for more information




Prayer Service at  St. Mark's, Berkeley
THURSDAY, September 30, at 6:00 p.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
2300 Bancroft Way (parking in church garage at Ellsworth and Durant)
 Berkeley, CA
(510) 848-5107

Carpool to the East Gate of San Quentin Prison
Thursday, September 30 at 7:00 p.m.

Meet at the Commuter Parking Lot on Sir Francis Drake exit and Highway 101
We will shuttle people as needed.

Directions to the Commuter Parking Lot:
Highway 101 to Sir Francis Drake Blvd/San Anselmo exit
U turn at first light (Shell Station and Chevron Station)
First right into Drake’s Landing Office Park
Left at stop sign.
First right into Commuter parking lot.

Directions if you plan to go directly to the East Gate of San Quentin Prison

Highway 101 through Marin County
Take the San Anselmo / Richmond Bridge Exit
After 1 1/2 Miles take 1-580 East on-ramp; Stay in RIGHT lane.
Almost immediately take the San Quentin (Last Marin) Exit
At the Stop Sign, the police will direct you left under the freeway.
Left again onto Francisco Blvd. East to park.

From there walk back under the Freeway, through  San Quentin Village to the East Gate (approx. 1-1 1/4 miles)

Notes

Bring a candle. Sanctuary candles work particularly well for vigiling since it tends to be windy.
Clergy, please wear clericals and/or stoles as you deem appropriate.
Check the weather: it can get really cold and we will be standing for several hours.
Wear good walking shoes since you will need to walk a good distance, even with drop-off and car pooling.

Questions?

The Rev. Nancy Pennecamp njpennekamp@yahoo.com
The Rev. Margaret Deeths margaretd@gracecathedral.org
The Rev. Stacey Grossman  staceygrossman@comcast.net , mobile  415-309-1855

A Prayer

A PRAYER TO ABOLISH
THE DEATH PENALTY

By Helen Prejean, csj

God of Compassion,
You let your rain fall on the just and the unjust.
Expand and deepen our hearts
so that we may love as You love,
even those among us
who have caused the greatest pain by taking life.
For there is in our land a great cry for vengeance
as we fill up death rows and kill the killers
in the name of justice, in the name of peace.
Jesus, our brother,
you suffered execution at the hands of the state
but you did not let hatred overcome you.
Help us to reach out to victims of violence
so that our enduring love may help them heal.
Holy Spirit of God,
You strengthen us in the struggle for justice.
Help us to work tirelessly
for the abolition of state-sanctioned death
and to renew our society in its very heart
so that violence will be no more.
Amen




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