After my abortion it became very important to me to hear from a pastoral voice that God truly had forgiven me. I’m not sure exactly why this is so, but as women comfort one another, many if not most of us also need the security of affirmation from one who is grounded in truth from a theological perspective. Reverend Paul Stallsworth has provided that voice and shaped that perspective for over three decades through his work with Lifewatch and the Task Force of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality.
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From the Lifewatch website:
Even before the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, some denominational boards were actively moving The United Methodist Church towards a pro-abortion position. United Methodists had no unified voice defending women and their unborn children again the deceptive allure of abortion. In August 1987, nine pastors and lay people met in Washington, D.C. and formed the Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality (TUMAS). One of the objectives of TUMAS, led by Rev. Paul Stallworth was to promote Biblical and Wesleyan moral responsibility in the church and society.
TUMAS’s mission states, “Out of obedience to Jesus Christ, the Taskforce of United Methodists on Abortion and Sexuality works to create-in church and society-esteem for human life at its most vulnerable, specifically for the unborn child and for the woman who contemplates abortion. Therefore, TUMAS’s goal is to win the hearts and minds of United Methodists, and to engage in abortion-prevention through theological, pastoral, and social emphases that support human life.” TUMAS has worked within the annual conferences to educate United Methodists about the realities of abortion and to bring about change which both protects the life of the unborn child and honors the lifelong health and welfare of the woman facing an unplanned pregnancy.
TUMAS is a member of the National Pro-Life Religious Council (NPRC), a Christian coalition representing numerous Christian pro-life denominations and organizations in the United States. The organization’s other members include Anglicans for Life, Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, Lutherans for Life International, Faith and Action, the National Right to Life Committee, Priests for Life, Presbyterians Pro-Life and United Church of Christ Friends for Life. Paul Stallsworth’s books published by NPRC include The Church and Abortion, The Right Choice, and Thinking Theologically about Abortion.
(Some material from this posting from the Lifewatch website and wikipedia)
Join us for Paul Stallsworth live on Cradle My Heart Radio with Kim Ketola this Sunday 12-9-12 at 9 p ET for forgiveness and hope, and gaining a solid foundation for defending life through faith in the goodness of God.