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.

When abortion hurts Print E-mail

Fotolia 52601999 XSIs your church prepared for ministry to those who have experienced abortion?

Is it possible for a church to take a strong stand against abortion and still create a safe place where women and men can share their abortion stories and find grace and healing for past abortions? One PCUSA church whose stand against abortion was posted in a statement on their website also had a vital ministry to post-abortive women and men. Creating a safe place for grace began by including in their abortion statement the words: "...always seeking to convey God's pastoral forgiveness, acceptance, and healing to any who have already participated in the trauma of abortion."

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Violence and the wrath of God, BUT mercy, love & grace! Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

Fotolia 3333682 XS1I have begun a careful reading of the whole Bible. I've read it before but this time I am reading commentary along the way and pausing to meditate. I am habitually on the lookout for passages related to how God values human life, but I was still surprised by the centrality and strength of the life theme in the early chapters of the Bible. I am seeing with fresh eyes the unfolding of God's wrath in response to human violence and human murder, BUT, also in those first pages of the Holy Bible is the hopeful promise of mercy and love and grace.

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Your pastor's health plan, & abortion coverage Print E-mail

© itrace - Fotolia.comPresbyterians, are your tithes paying for elective abortions or for abortifacient drugs? There are significant differences among the three denominations PPL has researched on this topic.

Members of the EPC will not pay for abortion if they choose the EPC Plan.

ECO's Health Plan does not cover elective abortion but does cover emergency contraceptives for minors.

PCUSA's Health Plan is mandatory for all installed pastors and pays all legal abortion claims.

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The unwanted child (born/unborn) —WWJD? Print E-mail

Eddel-compositNo child is truly 'unwanted.' God has created every child for a purpose. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me." What might happen if every presbytery responded to 'unwanted' children like Jesus?

The Presbytery of South Alabama took time during their two day August presbytery meeting to consider ways they might act like Jesus toward unwanted children, born and unborn.

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God Restores: The Story of Bathsheba Print E-mail

Cover4b optExcerpt from Chapter 10 of Pregnant With Promise a Bible Study published by Presbyterians Pro-Life

David is chosen by God in spite of his moral failures. In this lesson we see again how God demonstrates redemptive powers and incredible mercy toward his people. After experiencing success after success in overcoming his enemies, David makes a single terrible decision and then complicates it by attempting to cover up his sin. The consequences of this incident ripple forward through David's life bringing conflict and trouble to his family and his kingship.

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