Statement on Orlando shooting Print E-mail

Presbyterians Pro-Life, along with many other people in America, is both saddened and angry at the violent murders that took place at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. We are praying for the survivors and for those who have lost loved ones. We pray that the peace of God will be a present help in their suffering and sadness.

We condemn this and all violent destruction of innocent lives created in the image of God. We pray that all people will come to know the love and beauty of God through Jesus Christ. We look forward to the day when knowledge of God will fill the earth as water fills the sea. While we await the return of the Prince of Peace, we encourage peace-making and acts of genuine love for our neighbors.

May God bless all those who are grieving with a clear vision of Jesus and his love.

 
Pfizer blocks drugs for capital punishment but continues abortion pills Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Walter L. Taylor   

Fotolia 92847896 XSLast month the drug manufacturer, Pfizer, stated that their company would begin blocking use of any of their drugs in cases of capital punishment. In choosing to do this, Pfizer has joined a growing list of drug companies taking this step. Pfizer's official statement included this comment, according to one new source I read: "Pfizer makes it products to enhance and save the lives of the patients we serve."

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Pastoral guidebook on end of life holds potential & pitfall, Part IV Print E-mail

Fotolia 5931389 XSHOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE: "TWO EVOLVING OPTIONS."

This is Part IV in a seven-part blog series analyzing a resolution coming to the PCUSA General Assembly on the end of life. The paper titled, "Abiding Presence: Living Faithfully in End of Life Decisions," forms the rationale of the resolution and is offered to the church as a pastoral guide to end of life conversation. Click to read:Part I ,Part II, or Part III.

As use of technology increases at end of life patients spend longer periods of time in medical facilities at the end of life. At the same time 80% of people, according to the pastoral guidebook for end of life ministry being proposed to the 222nd General Assembly of the PCUSA, express a preference for dying at home. Hospice makes that possible.

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As suicides rise what is the role of the church? Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 72691465 SWhat drives people to consider suicide? How can the church address such desperation and communicate God's message of love and hope?

"Among all women younger than 75, suicide rates grew across the age spectrum. But in the age of greatest vulnerability — women between the ages of 45 and 64 — the rate of suicide in 2014 vaulted 80 percent higher over 1999's rates."

I saw it first in my local morning paper, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Pastoral guidebook on end of life holds potential & pitfall, Part III Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 1248572 XS cropPASTORAL SUPPORT AND THE CLASH OF CULTURES

This is Part III in a seven-part blog series analyzing a resolution coming to the PCUSA General Assembly on the end of life. The paper titled, "Abiding Presence: Living Faithfully in End of Life Decisions," forms the rationale of the resolution and is offered to the church as a pastoral guide to end of life conversation. Click to read Part I or Part II.

I am not a pastor, but I found this part of the paper to be educational and helpful. I found little to criticise so will summarize with few words of response (italics).

Section B of the End of Life Pastor's Guide explores two key questions pastors may have about their role in supporting congregation members making end of life decisions in the healthcare environment. The first question posed for pastors is: "What does it mean to live faithfully and die well, and how can I contribute to this task as a spiritual leader?"

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