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A New Pro-Life Movement

by Shane Claiborne Note: Shane Claiborne founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia and heads up Red Letter Christians (people who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.”) His books include The Irresistible Revolution and Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why it’s Killing Us.     We…


Mourning After & Hoping for the Future, We Call for a Consistent Life Texas!

Mourning After & Hoping for the Future, We Call for a Consistent Life Texas! Thad Crouch (speaking of himself in the third person) offers this report:   Mourning after the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) overturned two of four provisions of Texas law on medical regulations for abortion clinics —while also looking hopefully at…


People Are So Much More than their Circumstances

by Lisa Stiller I recently had the awesome opportunity to attend the Religious Education Congress, an annual gathering of about 40,000 Catholics that come from all over the country and descend upon Anaheim, California. The event has grown from a conference aimed at religious education instructors to one that has something for everyone – social…


Spice things up with the Consistent Life Ethic

By Carol Crossed, Consistent Life Board Member The consistent life ethic is like salt. You don’t need a whole lot to be effective. But it’s essential to have it present…spread out here and there to spice up politics, to add a little flavor to dull single-issue groups. But it stings, like when you wash out your mouth…


The Consistent Life Consensus in Ancient Christianity

by Rob Arner, CL Board member Adjunct Professor of Religion at Reformed Episcopal Seminary and Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA Mennonite   When measured against the standard of the ancient Christian church, contemporary American and European Christianity is in a moral mess. When it comes to what have been called the “life issues,” Christians are no…


Does the Consistent Life Ethic Water Down Life Issues?

Some say the consistent life ethic (CLE) waters down a particular life issue. The harsher critics state, or at least imply, that this is deliberate. This kind of criticism is not new, but this year I’ve been seeing it more than I usually do. While some may be insincere about their support of the CLE,…


First Stirrings on Connecting the Life Issues

by Carol Crossed, Consistent Life Board member In the 1970s and 1980s and in the midst of raising six children, I was immersed in several activist movements of the day.  What began in world hunger and lobbying activity for Bread for the World became more sophisticated with the Nestle Boycott.  Understanding the corporate role in…


A President for Life and Peace?

[Administrator’s Note: This is a guest commentary by Mary Meehan, a writer and speaker who was present at CL’s founding conference and has remained a friend of ours ever since. This was originally published at her site on The President We Need. It is reproduced here with her permission.] Defend Life and Peace We need…


Supporting the dignity of every life

When I was five years old, my parents felt a call to go to the Deep South. So, without any job to go to, our family of six packed important belongings into an old truck, and our caravan of the truck and our car headed from South Dakota to Georgia. We stayed temporarily at Koinonia Farm, an…