Rally for the Common Good

2014-2015: Moral Implications for the Practice of Capital Punishment

Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan will speak at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church on the "Moral Implications of the Practice of Capital Punishment." This is an open lecture, with the hope of engaging the larger Denver Metro Area community into this important discussion.

Following his time at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan will bring continue the discussion on the Denver Seminary campus during two special chapel sessions. Each chapel will be followed by a lunch with a question and answer session with Ryan, thus offering further opportunity to unpack this important issue. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

  • Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan
  • Location: Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church
  • Time: 4:00pm

Monday, February 23, 2015

  • Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan
  • Location: Denver Seminary Chapel
  • Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Talk will be followed by Q&A over lunch

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

  • Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan, Rabbi Joseph R. Black, and other panel participants (Q&A Format)
  • Location: Denver Seminary Chapel
  • Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Further time for Q&A over lunch will follow regular chapel time

About Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan

Rev. Dr. Jim Ryan is the retired Executive Director of the Colorado Council of Churches where he served from February 1, 2000 to May 31, 2013. Since his retirement he has established Doing Justice LLC based on Micah 6:8 which affirms "If you want peace, work for justice;" this passage has guided Jim's life and ministry. Jim was born and raised in Akron, Ohio and was an active layperson while working as a systems analyst with an international corporation. He was ordained into the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in June 1974.

Jim served as Senior Minister of First Christian Church in Des Moines, Iowa and then as Executive Director of the Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa before moving to Colorado. He received his Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky and his Doctor of Ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the Denver community Jim was a founding Board member of Housing Justice! and served as the founding President of the Board of Eco-Justice Ministries. He has also served on the Board of Samaritan Counseling Center, Great Education Colorado, Colorado Interfaith Voices for Justice, Clothes To Kids Denver and is the founder of the Colorado Interfaith Roundtable. Jim has several publications, his most recent was Doing Justice in a Purple Congregation.

Dr. Ryan’s wife, Kristin Ryan (MSW), is a retired elementary school principal in Littleton, Colorado. They have adult children and grandchildren living with their families in Iowa, California and Colorado. In his spare time, Jim enjoys travel and golf.


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