Faith in ACTION!

ABCO table-Its summer! The perfect time for BBQs, Farmer’s Markets, County Fairs and ABOLITION SUNDAYS!

Just last weekend, the Social Justice Committee of the St. Francis Catholic parish in Hamilton hosted the first Abolition Sunday of the season!  Volunteer Laura Fendrick met with church members during fellowship hours to answer questions, and discuss the issues surrounding the death penalty.

The Social Justice Committee helped arrange for the event. Committee Chairman Patrick Vaughn encouraged church members to participate and aid the Montana Abolition Coalition’s efforts in the 2015 Legislative Legislature.

AbCo volunteer, Laura tells us that many parishioners were eager to learn more about capital punishment, offer discussion and ask questions.  Most were surprised to learn of the extensive costs related to death penalty cases, and that Montana has an inmate who has lived on death row for more than 30 years.

By the end of the event, many offered to write letters to their state legislators, signed petitions and post cards in favor of ending the death penalty in Montana.  They were also motivated to go out into the community and share what they had learned.
Hosting an Abolition Sunday is fun, casual, and a good way for church members to learn more about the issue of capital punishment and how they can be involved in our efforts this coming legislative session.  The Coalition offers materials and help in putting on Abolition Sundays so that the events are easy and effective!