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January 29, 2010

ACSWP Paper on Human Life is missing JOY!
Six years and several writing teams have not been enough. The Advisory Committee for Social Witness Policy is still struggling to fulfill a mandate from the 212th GA (2002) to update the 1981 study paper, "The Nature and Value of Human Life."
Some progress has been made by the committee since I first began following this writing effort in 2005. Ironically I am not permitted to talk about what is in the current draft- READ MORE
pc-bizWhat business is coming to GA in Minneapolis?
It can be challenging to keep up with the flow of new business to the General Assembly in a GA year. Below is a short list of items that commissioners will consider in July.
(New Form of Government)
Civil Unions & Christian Marriage committee report
Re-developed materials for counseling in problem pregnancies
New materials for an Adolescent Development Curricula
Possibly several papers from ACSWP
The Belhar Confession
Overtures to strengthen ordination requirements in G-6.0106b
Overtures to delete, redefine, or weaken ordination requirements in G-6.0106b.
Overtures to change the function of Synods
More is coming every week. Did you know that even if you are not a commissioner you can access all the business coming to the General assembly online? Simply go to Be sure you have 219th GA selected and click on the Explorer tab. I urge you to become informed and then let your Presbytery's commissioners know what kinds of actions you would like to see the General Assembly take to help us be the Church of Jesus Christ in the world.
Watch for resources on the above topics in future emails from Presbyterians Pro-Life.


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God loves you more than you can imagine! Let that truth impact everything you do and say. Remeber that you bear the image of the King of Kings! Together let's carry the good news to the world that Jesus Christ has forever changed the value of each human life.

Yours in Christ for Life,
Marie Bowen, Executive Director
John 3:16
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life."