Our Call to the Presbyterian Church

We call the Church to renew its historic and biblical stance of opposition to the destruction of innocent human life through abortion. We call the Church to renew its commitment to preserve and nurture life at every stage of development, from conception to natural death.

We call the Church to cease its approval of abortion; to withdraw funding of abortion and abortion advocacy; to remove the unlimited coverage of abortion from the Presbyterian Medical Plan; to discontinue participation in and support for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

We call the Church to support women in problem pregnancies in sacrificially compassionate and loving ways that allow both mother and child to live and be blessed by God. We call the Church to provide tangible help and a community of belonging for women and children in need. We call the Church to support and promote adoption and the many community pregnancy care ministries that provide alternatives to abortion.

We call the Church to hold up high standards of morality for the children in our congregations, and to nurture and support family life.

We call the Church to extend the means of grace to those involved in abortion, to lead them gently to repentance and to aid their full restoration of fellowship with their heavenly Father and with the body of Christ, the Church.

"Black Lives Matter": Born & Unborn Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Black Lives Matter imageDuring Black History Month as we reflect and repent of our nation's sins of racism, let's take a hard look at the racial discrimination that continues against black lives in the womb.

For a white over 60 woman to wade into the topic of young black lives lost is a little like walking into a minefield. Whatever I say is bound to make someone angry—well, so be it. The truth about any violent death is hard to decipher. It is no wonder that the laws of the Old Testament required two or three witnesses to condemn someone of a crime. Even when we hear multiple accounts, we often do not know which sources can be trusted.

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The List is up! What? Where is my church? Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 63149178 XSImportant reading for members of the PCUSA

The Board of Pensions (PCUSA) has posted the list of Churches with Relief of Conscience status on the matter of abortion on their website. Is your church on the list? Our church thought we had ROC status but we are not on the list!

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Matthew Ward to sing at National Memorial for the Preborn Print E-mail

Matthew WardPriests for Life has just released this exciting news!

Dove Award winner Matthew Ward to sing at Jan. 22 National Prayer Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Christian music chart-topper Matthew Ward will sing during the interdenominational National Memorial for the Preborn and Their Mothers and Fathers on Thursday morning, January 22, 2015 at Constitution Hall. [H]is faith-infused music will fill the majestic Constitution Hall as people of all denominations gather on the morning of the March for Life to pray for all children in the womb and their parents.

The service will run from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. ET, leaving plenty of time for attendees to get to the March for Life rally at noon. The morning will begin at 7:30 a.m. with a Catholic Mass.

Dozens of clergy from across the denominational spectrum also will take the stage for the 21st annual National Memorial, which will feature a sermon by Father Frank Pavone, President of the National Pro-Life Religious Council and National Director of Priests for Life. Presbyterian pastors who would like to participate in the service may contact PPL.

Constitution Hall is located at 1776 D St., NW, at 18th Street, in Washington, D.C. No tickets are required and large groups can be accommodated. For more details.

Read the press release.

 
2015 PPL Sanctity of Human Life Sunday Bulletin Insert Print E-mail

SOHLS2015 Page 2Sanctity of Human Life Sunday is January 18, 2015. Order or download your bulletin inserts from PPL today!

In January, many churches set aside one Sunday to observe the sanctity of human life. The observance coincides with the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court that legalized abortion in all 50 states. Since that fateful decision over 56 million babies have been aborted in America.

PPL's 2015 bulletin insert focuses on the theme "Every Life Matters to God". You can download our free bulletin insert for color or grayscale printing or order printed copies from the PPL office.

2015 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday bulletin insert (Color)

2015 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday bulletin insert (Black & White)

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From the PPL Archives: Thomas Torrance: The unborn human person is at the heart of the Gospel's message Print E-mail

Thomas-Torrance-quoteExcerpted from an article in Presbyterians Pro-Life NEWS, Fall 2000

"He is not far from each one of us, for in him we live and move and have our being."Speaking directly out of the Reformation's echo of this biblical teaching, Thomas Torrance asserts that the teaching applies to the unborn as well as to the born. It is from our very beginning in the womb that God, who is actively at work in our creation, sustains us and makes us open for fellowship with him.

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