the General Convention of the Episcopal Church opposed capital punishment on a theological basis that the life of an individual is of infinite worth in the sight of Almighty God, and the taking of such a human life falls within the providence of Almighty God and not within the right of Man.1979-D004
Reaffirm Opposition to Capital Punishment. Concurred As Substituted and Amended The 66th General Convention reaffirms its opposition to capital punishment and calls on all dioceses and individual Church members to work actively to abolish the death penalty.1991-D056
Reaffirm Opposition to Capital Punishment. Concurred As Amended The 70th General Convention reaffirms its position opposing capital punishment. It deplores the expansion of capital offenses by federal legislative action and supports initiatives to establish alternatives to incarceration and to reduce recidivism.2000-A082
Reaffirm Opposition to the Death Penalty and Call for a Moratorium. Concurred as Amended The 73rd General Convention reaffirms its opposition to the death penalty and calls for a moratorium on the use of capital punishment. 2000-A083
Urge Parishes and Dioceses to Study the Death Penalty and Explore Reasons for Opposition. Concurred as Substituted The 73rd General Convention urges parishes and dioceses to study the death penalty and explore the reason for the Church’s opposition.2015-D025
Abolish the Death Penalty State by State. Concurred that the 78th General Convention reaffirms its longstanding call to put an end to the death penalty, encourages governors to submit and support legislation for abolition, encourages bishops to appoint task forces of clergy and lay persons to develop a witness around the death penalty, and requests that these bishops report back on their actions to the Standing Commission on Justice and Public Policy prior to the 79th General Convention.