Original Christian Voices Against Euthanasia Print E-mail
Written by David W.T. Brattston   

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According to its advocates, euthanasia is morally neutral or even a positive good within the framework of ethics, including Christian ethics. But is euthanasia really moral? It certainly is not when inflicted by Christians.

Euthanasia Described 

Euthanasia is the deliberate hastening of death to spare the patient a period of suffering or incapacity. The usual cases for which euthanasia is advocated are persons with an incurable disease or permanent coma, but secondary uses include sparing the deformed, the mentally-impaired, or the handicapped—usually newborns—from languishing the rest of their lives under irreversible barriers that prevent them from living a self-sufficient or "full" life.

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Gretchen was a heroin addict Print E-mail
Written by Matthew Everhard   

Devastated womanGretchen was a heroin addict. Her face showed the wear and tear of a twenty-something who had spent some hard nights on the streets of Akron. Homeless and despondent, Gretchen was one of those people who—if I’m really honest—is sometimes tough to be around. She’s difficult to love. Her once intelligent and amicable personality hid behind a mask of bawdy drug abuse.

It wasn’t infrequently that she called me, a pastor, long past midnight to rescue her from some precarious situation. Well do I remember the night that she called me around 1:00 am to pull her drunk husband off of her. It had gotten violent. A meth addict, Jeff was unpredictable and vicious. I arrived just before the police and stood between the two of them until the sirens came.

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Presbyterians Pro-Life Blog Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

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Board of Pensions’ response to GA referral lacks remedy for Relief of Conscience concerns Print E-mail

 The 219th General Assembly (2010) urged the Board of Pensions:

 "to develop a plan to ensure that funds from any Relief of Conscience churches do not go to fund abortions through any avenue."

Unlike their serious consideration of a similar "urging" related to the extension of benefits to same-sex domestic partners of Plan members, the BOP brushed off the concerns of Plan members who find the Plan's abortion coverage an affront to their Christian conscience. 

The action of the GA was an alternate resolution to a Commissioner's Resolution (Item 18-12) urging the Board of Pensions to "discontinue paying for induced abortion as a covered benefit in its Medical Benefits Plan (unless a licensed physician documents that it is necessary to preserve the physical life of the mother)."

Even as the response may meet the formal criteria of a GA referral to one of its agencies, it fails to meet the standard of decent consideration of the underlying concerns and exposes weaknesses in the wording of the GA approved alternate resolution.

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Ministry IDEAS: Baby Quilts Print E-mail

Bellefield_Quilts_2Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, PA has a Quilt Ministry has begun its third year making quilts to celebrate and welcome every baby born in to the church family. We meet monthly in the church building to work together on these quilts. (Each is machine sewn and quilted to stand up to serious use and regular trips into washers and dryers.) We also send out especially colorful quilts to babies that come across our prayer chain, celebrating those whose lives begin with additional challenges.

This is an inter-generational effort—students, mothers, daughters, grandmothers working and learning together.

How does your congregation affirm the lives of the unborn and the vulnerable and minister to individuals and families in the sometimes difficult circumstances that surround pregnancy, birth, and death? PPL would love to share your ideas and pictures. Email ideas.


 
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