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Kelly Gissendaner and Jennifer M. McBride

“Kelly’s story was impacting Christians across the political divide, pushing the logic of Christian faith to its outermost limits, pressing Christians to reexamine and reaffirm the truths we proclaim about repentance, forgiveness, redemption, and hope.” Professor Jennifer M. McBride Pictured: Kelly Gissendaner and Jenny M. McBride at Kelly’s 2011 graduation from the theological program at the women’s prison.

Jennifer McBride speaks out on death row and tells the story of Kelly Gissendaner

On December 3, 2015, Jennifer McBride visited Charlottesville to tell the story of how she met and befriended Kelly Gissendaner, an inmate on death row who found hope and redemption through her theological engagement with God. Along with a community of supporters, McBride fought with Kelly to appeal her death sentence, so that she could continue to be an active and encouraging force to others in the prison system. Kelly was executed by the state of Georgia on September 30, 2015, but her message of hope lives on.

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Jennifer M. McBride is the Board of Regents Chair of Ethics, assistant professor of religion, and director of peace and justice studies at Wartburg College. She is a member of the second class of the Virginia Seminar, working on a project entitled Reducing Distance: Radical Discipleship through an Open Door. Her publications include The Church for the World: A Theology of Public Witness(2014).

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