Friendly Discussion: Dead Man Walking, with Ross Worley
Ross will lead a discussion of the book Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty that Sparked a National Debate, by Sister Helen Prejean. Ross intends this Friendly Discussion to be about the book, not capital punishment per se, but of course the two are closely related.
This book is the Common Reading Experience book selection for this fall at Fort Lewis College.
In her book, Sr. Helen, a Roman Catholic nun, describes what it looks and feels like to walk a man on Death Row to his execution. As spiritual advisor to several men convicted of vicious crimes, Sr. Helen comes to know them well. She is horrified by their crimes; she is horrified that they themselves will be killed. But she accompanies these men to their death so they will not be alone. Equally important for Sr. Helen, is to be sure the victims’ families are not alone. She founded SURVIVE: a support group to help each family survive its unimaginable grief.
Several copies of the book are available at the meetinghouse. Please share or ask around if you need one. Copies are available at Maria’s Bookshop as well.