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.

Life at beginning and end—a topic in Detroit Print E-mail

ga221-web-bannerHuman life is shaping up to be the dominant topic in the Social Justice Issues Committee of the coming General Assembly of the PCUSA(Presbyterian Church USA) to be held June 14-21, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The overtures coming from presbyteries are thoughtful and fresh with only a few echoing stale debates from political positions.

Several items of business at the upcoming GA have potential for sparking meaningful discussion about the role of the church in both the physical protection of human life and the preservation of the dignity and sacred worth of each individual human being across the vast spectrum of humanity. Below are brief descriptions of the recommendations in these overtures. Full text is available online at PC-Biz,the electronic repository of all the General Assembly business.

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Book Review: Pilgrimage Through Loss Print E-mail
Written by Mary Van Driest, Reviewer   

Pilgrimage Through Loss book imageAuthor Linda Lawrence Hunt subtitles her book: Pathways to Strength and Renewal after the Death of a Child

"Whether their child is stillborn, a three-year-old, or a forty-three-year-old, it doesn't matter. Such loss permeates with a sorrow beyond all our previous imagination."

While this book deals with the loss of a child, it will be very helpful to anyone experiencing loss and also to those who are walking alongside someone who is grieving.

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Activities and Events Print E-mail

PPL GA Team members at Exhibit Booth in 2012, PittsburghPresbyterians Pro-Life will be at 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA),in Detroit, June 14-21, with a team.

Will you be attending the PCUSA GA in Detroit, Michigan June 14-21? If you come, please drop by the Courtyard by Marriott (Skyline A) on Friday, June 13, 8:00-10:00 pm, for PPL's Welcome to GA Reception. Sit down for a cup of tea or coffee and chat with our board members, staff, and team. We are there to provide support and resources for commissioners and guests to the Assembly. We welcome local pastors and lay Presbyterians to attend and share with us your vision for a church that affirms life.

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Our eyes are open Print E-mail
Written by P.J. Southam   

Which of these are life issues?

wordleAbortion
End of life care, assisted suicide, euthanasia
Hunger, and access to food, access to clean water
Stewardship of the environment
Health care, preventative medicine, access to childhood vaccines
Violence, abuse, murder
Crime, punishment, capital punishment
War, terrorism
Torture
Human trafficking, slavery, exploitation

All of these are life issues. All of them are important to the well-being of humans. As a Presbyterian Christian I agree that one of the purposes of Christ's Church is to be an instrument of transformation in the world. We are to attempt to influence our communities to become just, humane, and merciful, as revealed to us by God's Holy Word. Our term for this is that two of the Great Ends of the Church are the promotion of social righteousness; and the exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world.

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Basic info on the “morning after pill” Print E-mail

pillThree brands of the medication known as “emergency contraception” or the “morning after pill” are sold in the U.S.: Ella, Next Choice, and Plan B. All are available in pharmacy aisles (and likely your grocery store) without prescription or ID. They work to prevent pregnancy if taken within 3 days (72 hours) of sexual activity, but do not work if the woman is already pregnant. They may work in three ways. 1) to prevent ovulation 2) to prevent fertilization or 3) to prevent implantation (PPL would define #3 as an abortion of a tiny person created by God to be a unique and separate human being with DNA from mother and father).

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