Presbyterians Pro-Life
“Is there any good news?” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 107474853 SI answered the phone in the office of Presbyterians Pro-Life a couple of years ago and a pastor asked me, "Is there any good news?" I don't remember the details of our conversation, but the question stuck. Rather suddenly, during a post Easter cantata last Sunday morning, the answer came: For those of us in Christ, there is always good news. Jesus is alive! Ultimately that is everything that matters. The follow up question for each of us is, "How am I communicating to the world that Jesus is Life and that he is the Lord of life?"

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Equal Rights Institute teaches tips for dialogue PDF Print E-mail

"To train pro-life advocates to think clearly, reason honestly, and argue persuasively."

UC Davis Equal Rights InstThat's the mission of the Equal Rights Institute, a new pro-life organization founded by brothers Josh and Tim Brahm. I attended their recent all day training in Sacramento and followed it up with two days at University of California, Davis where we dialogued with students. The training taught me to use three essential skills: ask questions, listen to understand, and find common ground when possible.

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I know a different Jesus PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

feetTexas abortion provider, Hagstrom Miller, was asked in an interview if there was a "spiritual dimension" to her work. She described her background in a "liberal Christian tradition," and imagined Jesus supporting a woman during abortion:

"The Jesus that I was taught about would be holding the hands of women inside the clinic; he wouldn't be screaming at them. Acting on Christian principles is holding the hands of people at difficult times in their lives, and being supportive and nonjudgmental and kind."

Miller's view of Jesus is distorted by her desire to promote abortion as "a normal part of women's reproductive lives" as she describes it on her clinic's website. She is in the business of abortion and her rhetoric is designed to cloud the ugly reality that abortion destroys a human life in a bloody and painful procedure. She casts it instead as something positive for women. The picture of Jesus that Miller paints as someone who would sit passively in an abortion clinic and be 'nonjudgmental' demands a response from the Christian community.

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Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, Mar. 18 PDF Print E-mail

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The Global Down Syndrome Foundation has set aside March 18 for celebrating six million very special people worldwide. They are participants in our churches, families, workplaces, and schools and when allowed to be born they are living longer and healthier lives. In 1983, those born with Down Syndrome had a life expectancy of only 25 years. Today, those allowed to be born can expect to live 60 years. Last week the oldest living man with Down Syndrome, Kenny Cridge, celebrated his 76th birthday!

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"Praying Each Day of the Week" PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Rev. P.J. Southam   

Fotolia 30877600 XSSeveral years ago I committed to praying daily for an end to abortion both in the United States and around the world. I found a helpful resource on the website of Priests for Life.

These prayers written by Father Terry Gensemer have helped me be focused and specific, rather than just vaguely general. (Though I think there is great power in the prayer: Father, stop this evil, now!)

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