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May 2011

10-A passes: PC(USA) in media spotlight
Amendment 10-A was approved by the Twin Cities Presbytery yesterday. The vote, 205-56-3, was announced just after dinner, making Twin Cities the 87th presbytery to vote yes to the new language replacing G-0106b of the Book of Order.
Today both the secular press and PCUSA news sources are filled with reports and statements by proponents and opponents. The new language removes the requirement for leaders to live in fidelity in marriage and chastity in singleness in order to be ordained in the denomination. We have posted links to some of the responses on PPL's website. Others can be found here, here, and here.
Congregational resources you may find helpful include:
May Letter, from Fellowship PCUSA
PPL's position paper on sexuality, written in 1988, remains pertinent. We stand on the words of Scripture, the most enduring platform available to Christians in any age.

The Hard Casessad sihlouette

by Rev. Dr. Mark D. Atkinson

There is a terrible scene in the movie Rob Roy where Rob Roy MacGregor's farm is destroyed by his enemies. Roy's wife is raped by the chief villain of the story, Archibald Cunningham, played creepily by the actor Tim Roth. Later in the story Roy and his wife are reunited. She tells him with tears that she is pregnant but, because of the rape, cannot be sure who the father is of the baby in her womb. Rob Roy takes a deep breath and declares, "It's not the baby that needs killin'." Watching the movie you know that shortly there will be a final encounter between the honorable Rob Roy and this wicked man, Cunningham. Justice will be done. Read more.

The testimony of two rape victimstrees at Muir Woods

Pam's story of rape & abortion

My abortion experience began many years ago when I was engaged to be married and one evening I was raped. Not long after, I found out that I was pregnant.

I was devastated and emotionally distraught. I was so scared and I didn't want to have an abortion. I cried for days and was told I needed to hurry up and make a decision about how I would handle the situation. I was tormented by wondering if it was just tissue as the abortion industry and the world stated back then or if it was a real baby.

...However immediately after aborting, the very second they took the baby, I knew that it was a very big mistake, but it was too late. I now knew deep inside in my body and soul that it was something very sacred. My shattered heart told me it was a baby and not tissue. Read more

Kathleen was a normal young Midwest girl until one night she and a friend skipped a church meeting and went to a coffee house. She accepted a movie invitation from a man she didn't know who brutally raped her. Soon after Kathleen realized she was pregnant. She hid the pregnancy from her family for six and a half months. She became reclusive and tried to induce an abortion by swallowing bottles of aspirin, ant poison, and taking risks by jumping-until the baby began to kick.

She tells how her heart toward her unborn child, a son, was changed as the baby grew within her. Years later this very child became God's instrument of grace and healing:

"However once the baby continued to kick and move, I began to have different feelings toward the child. I began to realize that this little life inside me was struggling too. Somehow, my heart changed...I no longer wanted to abort this child."

"I am not sorry, nor ever will be, that I kept and raised my son. The life I tried to snuff out was the very tool that was used to bring me to a place where I could forgive those involved in what happened to me. God truly did work it out...." More.

Bonhoeffer on Abortion
Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder. More here.
In This Issue
10-A Passes: Response
The Hard Cases
Testimony of rape victims
Bonhoeffer on Abortion
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Hear my cry, O God, Listen to my prayer; baby hand in father's hand

From the end of the earth I call to you

When my heart is faint.

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I,

For you have been my refuge...


Psalm 61
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