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Spirit In Action
Each week, Spirit In Action brings you stories of people living lives of fruitful service, of peace, community, compassion, creative action and progressive efforts. We'll trace the spiritual roots that support and nourish them in their service. Above all, we'll seek out Light, Love and Helping Hands, being shared between our many neighbors on this planet, hoping to inspire and encourage you to sink deep roots and produce sacred fruit in your own life.

Spirit In Action is an hour of interviews with those providing leadership in peace, justice and "good works", interspersed with relevant music.

The theme music is "The Turning of the World" performed by Sara Thomsen (written by Ruth Pellham) and "I Have No Hands But Yours" by Carol Johnson


Toward Taking Away the Occasion of Abortion - Rachel MacNair & Stan Becker (6/22/2008)


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A thoughtful dialog about abortion, peace witness and care for creation. Guests are Rachel MacNair, Phd. in Psychology and undergraduate in Peace & Conflict Studies, and Stan Becker, Phd. in Demographics at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where he is currently professor in the Dept of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.  
Past/current religious/spiritual influences:
Quaker

Rachel is an advocate of an across-the-board pro-life policies with a Friends Witness for a Prolife Peace Testimonyand also with Consistent Life and a former president of Feminists for Life.

Stan has been active with Quaker Earthcare Witness for the past 20 years, including 3 years as clerk, and was involved in producing their pamphlet, Toward Taking Away the Occasion of Abortion.

Excerpts

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Who is anti-choice?
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Reaction to the ads in the friends journal
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Contraception and minimizing abortion
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How each of them got involved in the pro life movement
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Sacredness of Life

Comments

Anonymous
8/1/2008
14:50
Spirit In Action -Toward Taking Away the Occasion of Abortion - Rachel MacNair & Stan Becker
Dear Friends, No where in this interview did anyone mention Spirit, and how a woman is led to make her decision. As Quakers, we should be concerned that women are free and able to follow their spiritual leading about their conception/pregnancy.
Hilary Miller
6/30/2008
15:11
Spirit In Action -Toward Taking Away the Occasion of Abortion - Rachel MacNair & Stan Becker
Thank you so much for this considerate, thoughtful and thought-provoking conversation on a highly emotional subject. I hope we will begin to see more and more of this sensitivity and intelligence in the abortion debate, as there is healing needed here.
Mary Krane Derr
6/27/2008
17:24
Spirit In Action -Toward Taking Away the Occasion of Abortion - Rachel MacNair & Stan Becker
I commend everyone involved in this conversation for their civility, honest recognition of differences, and identification of common-ground solutions to abortion. And I invite anyone, prolife or prochoice, who is serious about reducing abortion, to visit the Nonviolent Choice Directory, www.nonviolentchoice.info This is a global directory of abortion-reducing resources. There is a regularly updated list of simple-to-take action alerts on our blog at www.nonviolentchoice.blogspot.com Nonviolent Choice takes a prolife feminist approach, but we welcome visitors and participants of any vantage point. Thank you.
Bill Samuel
6/23/2008
20:11
Spirit In Action -Toward Taking Away the Occasion of Abortion - Rachel MacNair & Stan Becker
Thanks for doing this show, and handling it so well. We do need to really be able to hear considered views. The issue is very important.