Join Pastor Laurie as she has a conversation with Helen Prejean C.S.J., a Roman Catholic and a leading American advocate for the abolition of the death penalty.
In 1982, after moving into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans in order to live and work with the poor, Sister Helen began corresponding with Patrick Sonnier, who had been sentenced to death for murder. Two years later, when Sonnier was put to death in the electric chair, Sister Helen was there to witness his execution. In the following months, she became spiritual advisor to another death row inmate, Robert Lee Willie, who was to meet the same fate as Sonnier.
After witnessing these executions, Sister Helen sat down and wrote a book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States. The book ignited a national debate on capital punishment and it inspired an Academy Award-winning movie, a play, and an opera. Sister Helen’s second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, followed in 2004. Her new book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, coming out on August 13, tells of the evolution of her spiritual journey from one who prayed for God to solve the world’s problems to one engaged full-tilt in the work to transform societal injustices.
To attend this event, please purchase her new book through Books and Books and you will receive two tickets. You may either purchase it online at https://booksandbooks.com/ or by visiting one of their bookstores.