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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: DIANA BANISTER

January 18, 2001 (703)739-5920 or (703)207-9476

INTERNATIONAL CHURCH COMMUNION
ESTABLISHES ‘CEC PRIESTS FOR LIFE’

New Pro-Life Group will Provide Resources for the Christian Community on Voting/Lobbying/Candidate Recruitment

San Clemente, CA - The California-based International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church (ICCEC), today announced the formation of CEC Priests for Life, a new association of priests, deacons and laity dedicated to ending abortion in American and around the world.

Founded in 1992, the ICCEC is rooted in the pro-life movement. Founding Bishop Randolph Adler and many priests in the late ‘80’s and early 90’s publicly voiced their concern for the lives of the unborn by participating in prayer and ministry activities outside of abortion clinics.

"The vision of the ICCEC is to make visible the void which has oftentimes been a church reluctant to speak on behalf of the millions of innocents who have no voice in this culture," said Archbishop Adler. "The Lord has raised up the men and women in our church communion to be a prophetic voice to the world and to come against our culture of death. CEC Priests for Life will take action in the parochial, social, and political arenas to restore the dignity of human life."

CEC Priests for Life will provide resources for ICCEC churches and the entire Christian community encouraging clergy, lay people and young people to participate in voting and lobbying activities as well as recruiting new political leaders. Among its many activities, CEC Priests for Life will hold conferences and training camps to teach its leaders the history, theology and current application of Christian activism and leadership in the cultural and political realm.

"The world has for all intents and purposes taken away the humanity of unborn children," said Fr. Terry Gensemer, Director of CEC Priests for Life. "Only God is able to truly affirm their humanity as His image-bearers. But, the Church is obligated to proclaim the truth of the gospel which includes the protection of the unborn and sounding an alarm for a nation that is in peril of losing its soul."

The first national gathering of CEC Priests for Life will take place this Monday, January 22, 2001 in Washington, D.C. as a large number of CEC Clergy and laity will join in the annual March for Life to protest the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision.

For more information on CEC Priests for Life, please call Diana Banister at (703) 207-9476.

 

 

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