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Wyoming Campaign to end the death penalty 2021


We the undersigned Wyoming faith leaders, representing the rich diversity of faith traditions and spiritual practices in Wyoming, stand together in our opposition to our state’s death penalty. We urge Governor Gordon and our elected officials to end the death penalty in Wyoming. 

We join the many Wyomingites in questioning the use of the death penalty in our state, which is unjust, ineffective, and inaccurate. The death penalty not only has an overwhelming impact on communities of color and the poor but also puts innocent lives at risk. Due to serious legal errors in the administration of the death penalty, over 166 innocent people have been exonerated and released from death row. When a human life is at stake, there is simply no room for error. 

As faith leaders, we are aware and disturbed by the violence in our communities. We believe that instead of allotting our scarce resources to fund a flawed capital punishment system, the State of Wyoming should invest in victim support services, effective law enforcement, drug treatment programs, child and family services, and mental healthcare – all methods that can prevent future acts of violence. 

Across our various traditions, there are many differences. However, all of our traditions teach us to honor the sacredness of human life and the human capacity for change. It is this respect for all life that joins us together in advocating for the abolition of Wyoming’s death penalty.

We urge you, our lawmakers and neighbors, to seek alternative forms of healing and justice for all those that suffer in the wake of violent crimes. We believe that our justice system should be both humane and restorative, and the death penalty simply does not meet these standards. Please support the repeal of Wyoming’s death penalty, it is time for us to move on from this broken and harmful system. 

Bishop Steven Biegler, Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne

Rev. Dr. Stephen A. Shive, Formerly the General Presbyter, Presbytery of Wyoming


Bishop Karen Oliveto, Mountain Sky Conference of The United Methodist Church

The Rt. Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler, Bishop of The Episcopal Church in Wyoming


Rev. Susan DeBree, United Methodist Pastor (formerly Cheyenne, Buffalo and Kaycee)


Karen Jerger, Jackson Hole Friends Meeting


Rev. Rodger McDaniel, Pastor, Highlands Presbyterian of Cheyenne


Rev. Dr. Sally Palmer, Wyoming Interfaith Network


Sandy Shuptrine, Jackson Hole Friends Meeting


The Very Rev. Marilyn J. Engstrom, St. Matthew's Episcopal Cathedral, Laramie


Rev. Rob Spaulding, St. Paul's Newman Center, Laramie


Father Mike Carr, Catholic, Cheyenne


Deacon Mike Leman Legislative Liaison Diocese of Cheyenne


The Rev. T. Tim Solon, Episcopalian, Cheyenne


Rev. Bruce McBurney, Lingle & Torrington Presbyterian Church (USA)


The Very Rev. Brian K. Gross, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral, Laramie


The Rev. Warren Murphy, Cody


Pastor Nathan Keith, ELCA, Laramie


Fr. Jim Heiser, St Stephens Catholic Indian Mission


Deacon Kenneth Pitlick, Newcastle

Marjorie Griffith, Christian Science, Jackson


Rev. Robert Rodgers, Catholic, Worland


Deacon Dr. Douglas Vlchek, Our Lady of the Mountains Church, Jackson WY


Deacon Bill Hill, Roman Catholic, Rock Springs


Deacon Joe Bush, Catholic, Cody


Rev. Raymond P. Rodriguez, St. Anthony's Church, Casper


Deacon Ed McCarthy, Our Lady of Fatima, Casper


Fr. Philip Vanderlin, OSB Catholic Priest, Jackson

Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave, Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne


Sister Ruth Ann Hehn, Catholic, Cheyenne


Deacon Richard Harden, Jackson


Fr. Tom Ogg, Catholic, Cheyenne


Rev. August Koeune, Catholic, Cheyenne


Sister Therese Steiner. Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Cheyenne


Fr. Augustine Carrillo, pastor St. Mary Magdalen and St. Helen, Evanston


Rev. Dr.  Candice Corrigan, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral, Laramie


Deacon Kevin Halvorsen, Catholic, Cheyenne


Maia Rose, Wyoming Friends Meeting, Lander


Rev. James Barth, United Methodist, Sheridan


Deacon Tom Niemann, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Cheyenne


Rev. Douglas Goodwin, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Sheridan


Rev. Robert L. Garrard, Presbyterian Church (USA), Cheyenne


Rev. Mark D. Calhoun, United Methodist, Wyoming Superintendent


Rev. Zach Bechtold, Grace United Methodist Church, Cheyenne


Rev. Pat Bell, Frontier United Methodist Church, Cheyenne


Pastor Kayilu Pfoze, United Methodist Church, Worland & Ten Sleep


Rev. Dan Odell, United Methodist Church, Casper


Pastor Janita Krayniak, United Methodist Church, Park & Big Horn Counties


Rev. Diane Carleton, Episcopal Church, Torrington

Rev. Michelle Bacon, United Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Laramie 

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