Following the murder of Dr. George Tiller, who was shot and killed in his church on a Sunday morning just weeks ago, it is time more than ever for progressives to speak out on the morality of the Pro-Choice position.
I was fortunate to speak on the phone with one of the country’s leading Pro-Choice theologians, Rev. Madison Shockley, who will be speaking at Christ Community Church in Spring Lake this Sunday, June 28, at 10:00 a.m. and leading a workshop at 11:15 a.m.
Rev. Shockley spoke to me about how the pro-choice movement has been speaking out on abortion rights as a legal issue, and has not appropriately defended the moral and theological pro-choice positions. By giving up the moral and theological issues we are not only giving the religious right the upper hand in the debate, we are also doing a major disservice to the women everywhere facing these difficult decisions.
It will be such a treat to have Rev. Madison Shockley here in West Michigan to speak on the importance of the moral, theological and legal positions of the pro-choice movement.
I believe there is such a need for more progressive faith communities in our culture. People often find themselves needing a place to go to be supported as they work through difficult and profound life questions. Those places should be available to people who are not looking for certainty and canned answers, but are seeking respect and someone willing to listen.
I wrote the following words, which I will read in our service on Sunday. As a progressive woman, I am so excited to be participating in a religious service focused on honoring women and the difficult choices with which we all face.
Imagine a world where all women feel valued and respected;
A world overcome with love.
Imagine a religion that seeks the leadership of women;
A religion of connection, inclusion, and compassion.
Imagine a government that values women so highly that crimes against women are not tolerated, that the health care of women is a top priority, and where women are not the majority living in poverty;
A nation of equal opportunity.
Imagine a nation that sees the tremendous value of women in the workplace, offering all women the opportunity, the respect, and the support needed for success;
A nation of greater success and achievement for all.
Imagine a culture where the value of a woman is not reduced to her physical body and reproductive capabilities;
A culture honoring the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.
Imagine a man who takes the responsibility of a pregnancy as seriously as a woman does;
A man who is transforming male responsibility.
Imagine a woman… a woman in this reality and the choices she could make.
Women and men, we come together, co-creating this new reality.