The issues around terminating a pregnancy are complex and personal. It's an example of our polarization that two camps have formed instead of the several that would express the varieties of perspectives most of us have.
Our congregation has differences of opinion on this issue. I was dismayed to hear from one of our members that she felt diminished by the comments of others who held a different position on this issue. I encourage all of us to share our perspectives candidly and humbly. "Don't ask, don't tell" is a pathetic tool for healthy community. We can do better. We can speak our truth with love and respect. Being one in Christ is not having a hive mind. Thanks be to God! The Gospel hope is that God loves us all - regardless of our positions on social issue. And in relationship, we grow and change according to God's plan, not anyone's personal agenda.
I'm sharing my perspective on abortion through a concise message from a colleague, the Reverend Kurt Stancil. He and his wife pastor Wayman AME Church on Kingshighway. If I could express my personal position more clearly than him, I would. But I'll spare you and let his words speak on my behalf.
I'm not trying to sway or change anyone's mind but to offer my perspective and invite you to engage with yours. If you would like to comment, please do. Let's create a safe space for dialogue and learning from one another.
-- Pastor Rebecca
Most of the blog articles are written by our Rector, The Rev. Rebecca Ragland