Institute on Religion and Democracy Press Release
January 12, 2018
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“It is exciting to see America’s second-largest Protestant denomination, the United Methodist Church, moving away from earlier support for abortion towards historic Christian pro-life values.”
-John Lomperis, IRD UMAction Director
Washington, DC—United Methodists and others attending the annual March for Life are invited to join together for a special worship service hosted on the morning of the March.
IRD will join Lifewatch, the unofficial pro-life caucus of the United Methodist Church, and other pro-life Methodists at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, January 19, at the United Methodist Building located at 100 Maryland Avenue in Washington, D.C. next to the United States Supreme Court. The Rev. Dr. David F. Watson, professor of New Testament and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, will give the sermon.
America’s second-largest Protestant denomination has gradually moved in a more pro-life direction. Delegates to the United Methodist Church’s 2016 General Conference repealed 40-year-old language affirming the Roe v. Wade court decision that struck down state laws restricting abortion. General Conference delegates also mandated that church agencies end decades of affiliation with an interfaith coalition that opposes all abortion restrictions.
IRD UMAction Director and General Conference delegate John Lomperis commented:
“It is exciting to see America’s second-largest Protestant denomination, the United Methodist Church, moving away from earlier support for abortion towards historic Christian pro-life values.
“Our denomination is helpfully moving away from the other liberal, so-called ‘mainline’ Protestant denominations to embrace a new global, faithful identity.”Google+