Map of Journey through Missouri

From Violence to Healing

March 25 to April 3, 2001

Missourians to Abolish the Death Penalty, along with many other state and local organizations will be sponsoring and hosting the Missouri Journey of Hope...From Violence to Healing. The Journey will feature talks by more than a dozen individuals who have lost a loved one to murder, but who remain opposed to the death penalty. Murder victims family members recall their tragedy, their struggle to heal and their reasons for supporting alternatives to the Death Penalty.

Click on their names to read more about the Journey of Hope participants
SueZann Bosler
SueZann Bosler
Pat Clark
Pat Clark
Renny Cushing
Renny Cushing
Marietta Jaeger Lane
Marietta Jaeger Lane
Bill Pelke
Bill Pelke
Lois and Ken Robison
Lois and Ken Robison
Kristi Smith
Kristi Smith
Bud Welch
Bud Welch
George White
George White


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All events are free to the public. A free-will offering may be requested at some of the events but certainly wonít be required for admission.

Journey Travel Schedule

Sunday March 25, Kansas City (Doris Macha, 816-524-4966)
Monday March 26, Kansas City, St. Joseph (Linda Zeorlin, 816-232-8449)
Tuesday March 27, Kansas City, Springfield (Michelle Cray-Croft, 417-832-9474)
Wednesday March 28, Springfield
Thursday March 29, St. Louis (Tom Block, 314-962-4937)
Friday March 30, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, (Sr. Cynthia Hruby 573-335-3899)
Saturday March 31, St. Louis, Cape Girardeau
Sunday April 1, St. Louis, Rolla (Carol Ann Smith 573-364-7051), Hermann, Auxvasse, Fulton, Williamsburg, Jefferson City, Columbia, (Jeff Stack, 573-449-4585)
Monday April 2, Rolla, Jefferson City, Fulton, Columbia, Kirksville (Pat Lehr 660-665-2466)
Tuesday April 3, Jefferson City, State Capitol, Columbia

Sunday, March 25

7:00 p.m. Leeís Summit United Methodist Church - 114 SE Douglas, Leeís Summit.
Passing of the cottonwood tree from the Kansas Journey for Justice Walk to Missouriís Journey of Hope--From Violence to Healing
Speakers: George White, Lois Robison, Kristi Smith.
Folk Music: Charlie King & Karen Brandow.
Contact: Doris Macha at 816/524-4966

7:00 p.m. St. Charles Catholic Church - 900 Shady Lane Drive, Gladstone (N. of River).
Speakers: Bill Pelke, Pat Clark, Tom & Margaret Montgomery.
Contact: Ileen Grubner at 816/436-0880, x19.


Monday, March 26

12:00 Noon St. Maryís Episcopal Church - 1307 Holmes (next to State Office Building), KCMO.
Speakers: Pat Clark, Bill Pelke, Tom & Margaret Montgomery
Contact: Ted Wilson at 816/822-7455

7:00 p.m. St. Annís Catholic Church - 10113 E. Lexington, Independence
Sponsored jointly by New Hope Missionary Baptist, RLDS, Our Lady of Peace Catholic and St. Annís Churches
Speakers: Pat Clark, Alma Weber, B. Horne
Contact: Jim Reynolds at 816/252-1160

7:00 p.m. All Soulís Unitarian Universalist Church - 4501 Walnut, KCMO
Speakers: Bill Pelke, Bill Lucero, Ruby Gilbert
Folk Music: Charlie King & Karen Brandow.
Contact: Mellon Kennedy at 816/531-2131

7:00 p.m. Church of the Annunciation - 701 N. Jefferson, Kearney, Mo.
Speakers: Lois Robison, Kristi Smith, Tom & Margaret Montgomery
Contact: Joanie Jorn at 816/628-5030



Monday, March 26

7:00 p.m. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church - 4503 Frederick Blvd.
Speakers: George White, John & Reva Griffith
Contact: Linda Zeorlin in St. Joseph for event information at 816-232-8449

Tuesday, March 27

7:30 p.m. Knights of Columbus Hall, 2340 W. Grand St.,
An evening of sharing with speakers: Pat Clark, Tom and Margaret Montgomery, Sue Norton, Bill Pelke, Lois Robison, Kristi Smith and George White
Music with Charlie King and Karen Brandow and refreshments
Contact: Michelle Craycroft at 417-832-9474.


Thursday, March 29

7:00 p.m. St. Louis University Bush Center, St. Louis Room
Guests: George White, Lois/Ken Robison, Mark Glenn, Pat Basler, Charlie King, Karen Brandow
Amnesty (St. Louis U.) and Eastern Missouri Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Event
Contact: Bill Colbert 361- 5668 or Eric 772-4743

7:00 p.m. Washington University, School of Social Work, 2nd floor Lounge-Brown Lounge in Brown Hall
Guests: SueZann Bosler, Bill Pelke and Kristi Smith
Co-sponsored by Students for Life, Amnesty Chapter, and School of Social Work Focus on Justice Group
Contact: Matt Davis 935-9191 ext. 219

Friday, March 30

7:00 p.m. Genesis Coffee House 6018 Delmar 1blk. east of Pageant Theatre
Contact: Lee Jones 726-5346
Journey Guests: Marietta Jaeger Lane, Bud Welch and others will share with Folk Singers Charlie King and Karen Brandow in an evening of singing and sharing stories of healing and reconciliation as guests of the the Genesis Faith Community.
Free coffee and admission


Saturday, March 31

6:30 p.m. Life Victory Center 2922 N. Grand
A Presentation of Healing and Reconciliation
Guests: Renny Cushing, Bud Welch,, Lois and Ken Robison, George White, Vera Thomas, Charlie King and Karen Brandow
Contact: Vera Thomas 314-382-6396

7:00 p.m. All Saints Parish 7 McMenamy Rd., St. Peters, Mo.
Contact: Marya Pohlmeier 636-397-6995
Journey Guests: SueZann Bosler, Marietta Jaeger Lane, Bill Pelke

Sunday, April 1

11:50 a.m. First Congregational Church of St. Louis, 6501 Wydown
Talk in Chapel with Bud Welch
Contact: Rev. George Bland 314-721-5060

12:00 Noon St. Croninís Parish, 1203 S. Boyle
Issues and Inspiration with Renny Cushing
Contact: Lisa Von Stamwitz 314-210-6441

10:30 a.m. First Presbyterian Church of St. Louis 7200 Delmar (at Midland)
Worship Service followed by reception
Contact: Pastor Kelly Allen 726-6677
Journey Guest: SueZann Bosler

11:00 a.m. Second Presbyterian Church 4501 Westminister
Worship Service with coffee and reception afterwards
Contact: Rev. Bill Hedrick 367-0366
Journey Guest: Marietta Jaeger Lane

Sunday, April 2

3:30pm, Mark Twain Room, Univ.Center - East, UMR
Sponsored by Catholic Newman Center Wesley House, and Episcopal/Evangelical Lutheran Center

7:00pm, Christ Church Episcopal Church, 10th and Main Streets


Friday, March 30

7:00 pm University Center Program lounge
Speakers: George White and Bill Pelke--"From violence to healing...exploring the death penalty"

Saturday March 31

9:30 a.m. St. Vincent's Church
Speakers: George White and Bill Pelke
Sponsored by Catholic Campus Ministry and Southeast Students for Social Justice
Contact: Bob Polack at 573-986-6882 or (after March 17) Sr. Cynthia Hruby at 573-335-3899 for more information on either Cape Girardeau event


Sunday, April 1

7:00 p.m. Community Room of Gasconade County Historical Society, 313 Schiller, across from Germantown School
Speaker: Renny Cushing
Contact: Rita Thomas: 573-486-1416

Sunday, April 1

5:00 - 7:30 p.m., Old Auxvasse Nine Mile Presbyterian Church
Speaking and dinner with Kristi Smith
Contact: Brad Sheppard (573-254-3993)


Sunday, April 1

7:00 p.m., St. Maryís Church
Public presentation with Kristi Smith
Contact: Brad Shephard (573-254-3993)

Monday, April 2

7:00p.m., Georgian Room at Truman State University
Public Forum with George White & Ed Mutum

Sunday, April 1

9:45 a.m., Wesley United Methodist Church, Hwy 179 at Wesley Dr.
Sunday School with Kristi Smith
Contact: Lisa Conley 573-893-2556.

Monday, April 2

7:00 p.m., Catholic Diocesan Chancery basement, 605 Clark Ave.
"My Experiences with Murder and the Death Penalty" with Renny Cushing
Co-sponsored by the Missouri School of Religion, Center for Rural Ministry
Contact: Barbara Ross (573-635-9127)


Tuesday, April 3, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

11:00 A.M. GATHERING: Folk Singers Charlie King and Karen Brandow will gather us together on the South Lawn of the State Capitol (High St. side)

11:45 A.M. DEMONSTRATION: We will walk around the State Capitol carrying banners and signs led by local drum core.(Please no stick held signs:Capitol Police)

12:15 P.M. KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Following the demonstration we will enter the first floor State Capitol Rotunda to hear Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, keynote address

1:30 P.M. MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS: Brief training, instructions, legislative packets and directions to House and Senate offices will be made available in the Capitol Rotunda

3:00 P.M. SENDING FORTH CEREMONY: There will be a tree planting ceremony on the Capitol grounds in memory of the Missouri Journey of Hope and in memorial of all victims of violence. This will be a tree of Hope, Healing, and Reconciliation


Sunday, April 1

8:30 a.m. Campus Lutheran Church, 304 S. College. Sunday school adult class with George White

9:45 a.m. Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. 9th St. Sunday school with George White

10:00 a.m. "Sunday Morning Coffeehouse" KOPN-FM (89.5 FM) featuring Charlie King and Karen Brandow

10:00 a.m. St. Lukeís Methodist Church, 204 E. Ash. Sermon offered by Bill Pelke

7:30 p.m. Newman Center, 701 Maryland. Panel with Marietta Jaeger Lane and Bill Pelke, exploring the Christian challenge to forgive and find healing alternatives to the death penalty


Monday, April 2

11:45 a.m., Little Dixie Kiwanees monthly meeting/program, basement of Boone Tavern, 811 E. Walnut. Guest: Marietta Jaeger Lane

12 Noon, Downtown Optimists monthly meeting/program, Delaney Hall on the Columbia College campus. Rogers St and N. 10 th St. Guest: Bud Welch

12 Noon, Enter-Light Ministries, 605 N. Providence Rd., Lunch and Discussion with Bill Pelke, Doris Macha and Paula Skillicorn. Sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Coalition. Contact Wynna Fae Elbert (573-874-6378) for more details

3:15 p.m., Rock Bridge High School, Cafeteria, 4303 S. Providence. Speakers: Bill Pelke and Doris Macha, Forum on the Death Penalty. Sponsored by Amnesty International, Rock Bridge and Hickman High School chapters. Contact Tim Drennan (573-449-2166)

6:30 p.m., Stephens College, Windsor Lounge, 1200 E. Broadway. Speakers: Marietta Jaeger Lane and Paula Skillicorn, Contact: Jim Whitehill (573-876-7147)

7:00 p.m., Univesity of Missouri, Fisher Auditorium in Gannett Hall, near corner of Elm and 9th St. "A Time of Reflection and Healing; A Journey of Hope". Speakers: Bud Welch and SueZann Bosler. Co-sponsored by UMC SOAC, Amnesty International and Mid-Missouri Fellowship of Reconciliation, Contact Allison Payne (573-256-1929)


Tuesday, April 3

7:00 p.m., Middlebush Auditorium, University of Missouri campus, AN EVENING WITH SR. HELEN PREJEAN, Author of Dead Man Walking with a book-signing to follow

*Contact State Coordinators Tom Block ( or Jeff Stack ( for more information or if you need speakers in other cities not represented by Local Organizers.

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