Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In Deuteronomy 30:19 Moses says, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.”
This exhortation reminds us of the profound importance God places on life, especially our children, born and unborn. Furthermore, the Canons of the Anglican Church in North America include this declaration of our commitment to life: God, and not man, is the creator of human life. The unjustified taking of life is sinful. Therefore, all members and Clergy are called to protect and respect the sanctity of every human life from conception to natural death (Canon II.8.3).
Most recently, the Nairobi Communiqué from the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) included this statement: We repudiate all such violence against women and children and call on the church to demonstrate respect for women, care for marginalized women and children around the world, and uphold the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.
To help us live out God’s exhortation and these statements of faith, I would like to invite you and members of your family to join me this month in honoring the sanctity of life as we sadly recognize the 41 years abortion has been legal in the United States.
Please come to Washington, DC and walk with me and many members of the College of Bishops at the annual March for Life on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014.
For those on the West Coast, please join Bp. Eric Menees at the Walk for Life in San Francisco, on Saturday, January 25th., You can meet Bishop Menees and other Anglicans at noon at the Civic Center Plaza.
You can also affirm life in your church by observing Sanctity of Life Sunday on eitherJanuary 19th or 26th. Anglicans for Life has prayers, testimonies and educational resources to help shine God’s light on the pastoral response the Church is called to provide in the midst of a growing culture of death.
Thank you for your partnership in standing for life in both word and deed.
Yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Robert Duncan
Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America
Bishop of Pittsburgh