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Local churches participate in Journey of Hope program

By: Jill Bauter
Tribune Staff Reporter
Camden County Tribune
October 5, 1994

    Some surprising opponents of the death penalty will speak in Camden County on Sunday to explain why they believe on killing does not justify another.
    Sponsored by the Metanoia Peace Community in St. Mary’s, members of Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation (MVFR), a national group against violence, will visit the First African Baptist Church in Kingsland at 9 a.m.  Other churches also have tentatively scheduled appearances for Sunday.
    One might think MVFR members would support the death penalty for those who killed family members.  However, the members are traveling around the country to tell stories of how they came to terms with their losses and why they do not favor legalized killing.
    In spite of the violent deaths of family members, the MVFR speakers are embarking on a “Journey of Hope” to explain the facets of the death penalty and the religion and moral reasoning which they believe counter the practice of capital punishment.
    Metanoia co-found John Linnehan said he wanted to bring the program to Camden County because of the Christian values that will be discussed.