Community Issues Forum Lenten Series: How we help the families of victims?

March 27, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
318 East 4th Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Free (Lunch Available for $5.50)
Allison Smith

About the Event

The conversation continues with a special guest via Skype, Melinda Dawson. Melinda is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Ohioans to Stop Executions. She was elected to serve in this capacity in 2013. Her personal story with Ohio’s death penalty is remarkable. Melinda’s mother, Judith Johnson, was murdered in 1998. Melinda spent the next eight years of her life working to prove the innocence of her then-husband Clarence Elkins, who was wrongfully convicted of the murder. Melinda’s family began to move forward with their lives in 2009 when the true culprit was brought to justice. Her exhaustive work, and that of the Ohio Innocence Project, led to the exoneration of Clarence Elkins in 2005.

About the Series

How much thought have you given to the death penalty?

Did you know that in 2007 the American Bar Association found that Ohio’s death penalty system failed in 93% of its established protocols for a fair and accurate system?

Did you know Ohio has come close to executing an innocent man six times?

Do you know how the death penalty affects the families of the victims?

Have you considered that Jesus was executed?

Christ Church Cathedral will take advantage of this season of Lent to expand its serial offerings while exploring two approaches to its well-established Community Issues Forums.  Along with a Wednesday Evening Series during Lent, the cathedral will host a special Community Issues Forum series in partnership with the Ohioans to Stop Executions (OTSE) and the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC). The series will feature discussions on the death penalty in Ohio, its enforcement, consequences, wrongful convictions, victims, possible reform and a religious reflection on the execution of citizens by the government. As preparation for the presentations of this series, Sub-Dean Manoj Zacharia will preach on capital punishment on March 9.

If you feel so compelled, you’ll have an opportunity at each forum to take action by asking Governor Kasich to grant clemency to Arthur Tyler. Mr. Tyler is scheduled for execution on May 28, 2014 despite grave doubt about whether he was the triggerman.

All are welcome.

No reservations are required unless you are interested in purchasing a box lunch for $5.50. For more information and to reserve a box lunch, please contact Bill Woods 513.381.4994 or