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How to promote respect for life
In this moment of governmental transition in the U.S. that will be formalized on the 20th of this month, the wide divides in our country suggest there is much work to do in order to realize our motto: e pluribus unum. Conversations about abortion, the environment, healthcare, the economy — just to name a few — often pit one person, one group, one political party against another, and ne’er the twain shall meet! We seem to have lost the capacity to listen, learn from each other’s positions, find compromises and take collective action. Perhaps it might help to take a deeper and wider look at all the components that touch the dignity of every human life. Developing a consistent life ethic from within and extending our horizon to the players around us may just be the most fundamental challenge worth taking.
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All monotheistic religions consider life sacred. The Quran affirms, “And do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden to be killed except in the course of justice” [al-An‘âm (6): 151]. And scripture says about the Prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you” (Jer 1:5). Yet how can we live and promote this faith message of the sacredness of human life amid a secular society that believes otherwise? How can we build a world where abortion becomes unnecessary?
An interview with theologian Dana Dillon about a consistent life ethic
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A powerful experience of collective prayer