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Executing Grace: An Afternoon with Shane Claiborne

  • Christ Community Church 329 Riverside Drive Charlottesville, VA 22902 (map)

Please join Christ Community Church, the Vineyard Church and All Souls church for an afternoon with Shane Claiborne and friends around his new book, Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and why it’s killing us.


Jesus was wrongfully convicted and unjustly sentenced to death. Is it possible we're making the same mistake in America today? Join Shane Claiborne as he reflects on justice, retribution, and redemption in our criminal justice system. He will share stories of horrific pain and heroic grace from victims of violent crimes, survivors of death row, lawyers, experts, and even an executioner. Shane will explore the contrast between punitive justice and restorative justice, questioning our notions of fairness, revenge, and absolution.

These stories raise questions like: Should we kill those who kill to show that it's wrong to kill? Is anyone beyond redemption? What does it look like when grace gets the last word? Regardless of the conclusions each of us reach, we hope this will be an opportunity to think together around an important question, with a posture of listening and grappling, that is faithful to the way of Jesus.

Shane Claiborne is a prominent speaker, activist, and best-selling author.  Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia.  He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living "as if Jesus meant the things he said." Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence.

Earlier Event: February 9
Urban Doxology Concert