BOP Annual ROC Report raises concerns Print E-mail

AnnualReview2012 1The PCUSA Board of Pensions recently released their 2012 Annual Report. On the very last page is the Relief of Conscience (ROC) Plan Report Facts. This annual ROC report is required by an action of the PCUSA General Assembly in 2008. Three items in the report raise concern for pro-life members of the PCUSA.

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Helping others with chronic diseases and why it matters Print E-mail

Fotolia 21481057 MIn a previous article, Dr. Martha Leatherman and I wrote about helping people who have terminal illnesses. Love, care, and support for those at the end of life can be a powerful witness to Jesus Christ. It can be a powerful witness against assisted suicide and euthanasia. Equally important is love, care, and support for those with chronic illnesses. Chronic illnesses include asthma, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, muscular dystrophy, and many others. These are long-lasting and ever present in the person who has them. Living with these conditions can lead to depression and hopelessness. The musician Kurt Cobain took his own life. It was reported that he had Crohn's disease, and was tired of living with it. We can only speculate if things would have been different if he had a Christian friend who cared for him.

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Pregnancy, is it‘punishment’ or blessing? Print E-mail
Written by Marie Bowen   

© GSM - Fotolia.com pregnant ladySome would say the answer to this question depends on the circumstances of the woman—her emotional and material resources, her health, her readiness to parent, and even the health of the child. That raises another question: What is the source of wisdom in decision-making for today’s Christian?

Lately, media voices have raised the question, "Why are we still talking about this after 40 years?" 'This' being abortion. The question comes from Roe v. Wade supporters who want abortion to stay legal. They are frustrated that the 'losers' in this debate—those convinced that the child in the womb has a right to live—will not accept their loss, go away, and be silent.

I'm one of the 'losers'. I've lost all the blessing God intended to bring through the 55 million babies aborted in America since 1973. I have also lost as a woman in the Presbyterian Church USA.

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Choices Print E-mail
Written by Beth Walls   

© creative soul - Fotolia.com choices illus.I was having a conversation with a group of friends this week while at a lunch meeting and the discussion turned to the topic of abortion. One of my table mates quoted the staggering number of abortions that have been performed in the United States since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973. Another table mate asked if anyone had read the book, Freakonomics. None of us had. So my friend explained that in this book the author stated that until the early 1990's the rate of crime in the United States had been steadily increasing but then it leveled off and then started to decline. The premise of the book is that now is when all of those aborted babies would be in their late teens and early twenties. Therefore the authors correlate that Roe V Wade was responsible for lowering the crime rate.

I should mention that all of my table mates were men and none of them knew my personal history.

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A special message to PCUSA churches Print E-mail

Banner ENEWS 2013

Greetings in the name of our living Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

The Gospel is a life-affirming message: We are precious to God and he has paid a costly price to redeem us from death! That is why we are writing to you out of concern for our denomination’s position on abortion. In this email you will find:

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