Sister Helen Prejean will be at Pleasant Hill UCC on March 13
The Shalom Center for Continuing Education is offering a program on the Uplands campus with Sister Helen Prejean, founder of the Ministry Against the Death Penalty. Sister Helen, a Roman Catholic nun, is perhaps best known for her book, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty.
Her story was developed into a major motion picture starring Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen and Sean Penn as the death row inmate for whom she served as spiritual advisor. The book was number one on the New York Times Bestseller List for 31 weeks, and Susan Sarandon received an Oscar for Best Actress in the film.
Sister Helen served on the board of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty from 1985-1995. In 2000 she was one of the representatives who presented Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the U.N., with 2.5 million signatures from people all over the world calling for a moratorium on the death penalty.
She has appeared on 60 Minutes, theToday Show, ABC World News andFrontline, and is an internationally sought-after public speaker. When she’s not traveling, she takes time to work on her third book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey.