The Death Penalty in Georgia. 
What’s a Catholic to do?


Thursday January 13, 2022
7:30pm in the Family Life Center

Registration is required.

Come and join us for a thought-provoking evening that delves into the story of Josh Bishop, a young man convicted of murder and sentenced to death.  While on death row, Josh had a powerful faith experience and converted to Catholicism. While on Death Row, Josh worked diligently sharing the message of God’s mercy and redemption with his fellow inmates.  Josh was executed on March 31, 2016.  He was given a full Catholic burial.

Come learn about Josh’s story from his Godmother Diana Shertenlieb who was integral in his conversion and can share about his faith journey, and his courageous life up to execution.  She can also share the impact of the execution on the family of the convicted

We’ll hear from Sarah Gerwig-Moore, who was part of Josh’s legal defense team.  She can share about the legal process in a death penalty case as well as information as to why the death penalty is no longer considered a deterrent to murder.  Sarah Gerwig-Moore is a Professor at Mercer University School of Law, where she has previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Sarah also works with the Georgia Innocence Project

We will also hear from Georgia state representative Ms. Beth Moore, (95th district) who has sponsored HB 485, which aims to abolish the death penalty in Georgia.  Beth will be explaining the advocacy process that is required for a bill to make it from committee to the Governor’s desk and how we, as members of the Catholic Community can assist that process.

How to Be an Effective Advocate and Influence Legislators

You are invited to a FREE Training Event

Hosted by Transfiguration Adult Faith Formation
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Family Life Center
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

For more information contact Mark Harding at

LET US KNOW YOU ARE COMING BY RSVPing to this event HERE: via Signup Genius

Transfiguration welcomes Jeff Willard, an experienced leader in the Reform Jewish advocacy group Tzedek.  (Tzedek means justice in Hebrew.)  Jeff has taught this advocacy workshop to several organizations, including  Fair Districts Georgia, Indivisible Georgia Coalition, Sierra Club, and Spelman College. 

Training Objective:  This workshop is designed to help participants develop and/or improve advocacy skills for social justice legislation. Join us for practical advice on forming advocacy strategies and learn how to interact with differing types of legislators – Conservative, Progressive or Moderate. 

On a future date, Transfiguration parishioners will be visiting our Georgia State Representatives to seek their co-support for House Bill 485 to Repeal the Death Penalty in GeorgiaAll are welcome to join us!