Prayer for Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman.

The Following resolution was passed by the 188th Annual Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Tennessee, meeting at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Nashville on Saturday January 25, 2020.

Whereas, the Episcopal Church holds a long-standing opposition to the use of capital punishment, most recently affirmed at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church (D077); and

Whereas, Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman, an inmate of the State of Tennessee’s death row at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution, for the past 32 years, is a member of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Tennessee, (his confirmation by the Rt. Reverend John Bauerschmidt, on October 15, 2014, is recorded at Christ Church Cathedral, Nashville;) and

Whereas, the reduction of Mr. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman’s sentence from “death” to “life imprisonment without possibility of parole” by the Honorable Monte Watkins, Judge of the Criminal Court of Davidson County, after consultation with Glenn Funk, the District Attorney of Davidson County, for reasons including their determination of racial bias in the jury selection for the trial that convicted and sentenced Mr. Abdur’Rahman to death; therefore be it

Resolved, that members of the Convention pray on behalf of and for the well-being of Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman and all death row inmates; and be it further

Resolved, that the Secretary of this 188th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee make known to any courts considering this matter and Governor of the State of Tennessee, Bill Lee, this petition that Mr. Abdur’Rahman’s reduction of sentence be upheld by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, and any other courts to which the matter is appealed; and be it further

Resolved, that the Secretary of this 188th Convention of the Diocese of Tennessee transmit, forward, or send this resolution to the bishops of the Diocese of West Tennessee and of East Tennessee and the delegates of their respective annual conventions for their consideration.