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VINE AND BRANCHES

The Monthly e-Newsletter of Rachel's Vineyard Ministries

March 2004

"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing" John 15:5

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Rachel's Vineyard is on the web: Welcome to Rachel's Vineyard

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Our national toll-free hotline is (877) HOPE-4-ME.

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Rachel's Vineyard offers a weekend retreats for emotional and spiritual healing after abortion.  Our national office is a ministry of Priests for Life

Rachel’s Vineyard compliments the outreach of many beautiful post abortion ministries. The Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats are sponsored by Diocesan Respect Life & Project Rachel offices, Women’s Centers, Retreat Houses, and church based ministries which are held in both Catholic and Interdenominational settings.

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Publisher: Rachel's Vineyard Ministries
Editor: Catherine McHugh peace4lilith@aol.com

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"We can do no great things; just small things with great love." Mother Teresa

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Contents

  1. Rachel’s Vineyard - Rachel Network Post-Abortion Leadership Conference
  2. Teen People Story
  3. Rachel Vineyard Media Kits available
  4. Music Review – We Can Change The World
  5. One Man’s experience of Abortion and Recovery
  6. New Site Registration
  7. Upcoming Clinical Training
  8. March and April Rachel Vineyard Retreats Schedule

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Rachel's Vineyard – Rachel Network Post-Abortion Leadership Conference 2004 "Let Your Light Shine" by Catherine McHugh

Rachel's Vineyard Ministries is pleased to announce that this year's Rachel's Vineyard National Conference will be held June 20-25, 2004, at Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina. This year’s conference is co-hosted by Rachel Network and the Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina.

There will be a Spiritual Retreat open to everyone on Monday, June 21 and Tuesday, June 22, with time for prayer, confession, healing services, and speakers who will teach concerning healing prayer. Featured speakers are Fr. Robert Faricy, S.J., who speaks on this topic and has written many books related to prayer, and Dr. Susan Stanford Rue, PhD who has been doing post-abortion ministry and research since the 1980’s, and is author of the book, Will I Cry Tomorrow?

The leadership conference will then continue on Wednesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 24 with five different tracks running simultaneously with more than a dozen speakers and over 30 topics. The tracks include: a beginner’s track, for those new to post-abortion ministry or to Rachel's Vineyard Ministries; a clinical track, for therapists but open to everyone; team-building track-for those who want training in team development; media track-learning how to speak to groups and work with the press; childbirth educators track—for doulas, childbirth educators, and nurses.

The conference is offering many workshops for both beginners and those already laboring in the Vineyard, panel discussions, training sessions for public speaking and discernment of sharing your abortion with others, and improving clinical skills. The various topics range from a panel discussion on the nuts and bolts of running a Rachel's Vineyard Retreat for those just starting to a team-building workshop using the Myers-Briggs Personality Test. There will also be opportunities for networking with others, display tables for new materials, music, and much more.

The cost of the entire conference including the Spiritual Retreat is $260 per person for early bird registration by March 15, and includes meals, conference registration, and a double room with air-conditioning and private bath. For two or more from the same team registering together by March 15, the cost is $250. After March 15, the cost will be $280 per person. If attending only half the conference, the cost is $225 per person. Single rooms are available for an extra $85 and handicapped rooms are available upon request. There is an additional cost of $15 for sheets and towels or you can bring your own. Also, for those attending The Myers-Briggs Personality: Working with others on your team workshop by Dr. Rick Faulk, there is $12.00 book fee. Check in time is on Sunday, June 20 in the evening and checkout time is Friday, June 25 in the morning. For those attending half the conference, there will be another check-in or check-out time on Tuesday.

For more information about topics, speakers, and for a registration form, please contact Dr. Martha Shuping at mshuping01@sprynet.co

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"I, then, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love. Striving to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace". Ephesians 4:1-3

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Teen People by Theresa Burke

The magazine Teen People had wanted to do a story on three teenagers who faced a crisis pregnancy with three different outcomes: one who parented the baby; one who placed her baby for adoption; and one who had an abortion. The magazine had been trying to run this story for the past three years and kept running into the same obstacle. They couldn't find a teenager willing to be interviewed who had experienced an abortion. With the help of those laboring in Rachel’s Vineyard, the perfect teenager was found in Kristen.

When Kristen flew to New York to be interviewed, I accompanied her throughout the day for emotional and spiritual support. Kristen continued to express excitement and "a call from God" to help other teens. Following her abortion, Kristen was devastated and struggled with grief suicidal feelings. The Rachel’s Vineyard retreat marked a real turning point in her recovery. Kristen wants other teens that might be feeling similar pain to know there is help.

The Teen People staff was very gracious as they made a special fuss over all three girls who were interviewed. They each got beautiful haircuts and professional make-up. Some staff went out shopping during the day and bought them shirts and cute sweaters and made them feel very, very special.

The story will run in the May issue of Teen People. The editor was very interested in grief after abortion, and asked for a copy of Forbidden Grief- the Unspoken Pain of Abortion, which I was happy to give her.

Special thanks to Beth Bauer for finding Kristin, Leslie Graves for helping set things up, and to Priests for Life for assisting in travel arrangements.

Please keep Kristen in your prayers. We thank God for her courage and witness that will help other teens who are hurting to know there is help and hope.


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For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

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MEDIA KITS: "How do you mend countless broken hearts?"

Rachel Vineyard media kits are now available. This beautiful kit is a box with artwork of a hundred or so broken hearts on the cover. The hearts are made from different red papers and inside the collage of hearts is the wording "How do you mend countless broken hearts?".

Inside there is a folder of information. The folder has broken hearts while repeating the question and answering with "One heart at a time". Also, there is a gold angel with a broken red felt heart nesting on red crinkle paper.  An embroidery needle and red thread is left in the broken heart showing the heart in process of being mended. The box was designed and created by Constance Russo.

The contents of the folder will soon be on the Rachel's Vineyard web site, www.rachelsvineyard.org. It includes information about Rachel’s Vineyard and our mission, about Theresa and Kevin Burke, and testimonies under the heading of "RV touched my heart." A press release along with information on Theresa's book, Forbidden Grief is another resource included.

The mission statement reads:

"Rachel's Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.

Rachel's Vineyard helps participants find their inner voice. It helps participants experience God's love and compassion on a profound level. It creates a place where men and women can share, often for the first time, their deepest feelings about abortion. They are allowed to dismantle toxic secrets in an environment of emotional and spiritual safety.

Rachel's Vineyard is a therapy for the soul. Participants, who have been trapped in anger toward themselves or others, experience forgiveness. Peace is found. Lives are restored. A sense of hope and meaning for the future is finally rediscovered."


Other possible uses for these media kits are: garnering support for RV, fund raising, and table displays. Extra folders are available to hand out, too.  The media kits cost $30 each plus postage and extra folders are $2.50 each. The money will go to cover the cost of the materials. If interested, email Constance Russo, russolc@sbcglobal.net, with your name, street address (no P.O. boxes), and phone number.

A lot of dedicated work went into these boxes! The Quixote Group in Greensboro, NC, donated their time for the marketing and public relations work, plus the boxes. Please add to your prayers much success for the Quixote Group and thankfulness for their wonderful contribution along with the Fort Worth RV team who sewed hundreds of angels and helped with the address labels. And special thanks to Constance Russo, for all the effort and creativity she put into producing such a beautiful resource to help spread the word about Rachel’s Vineyard.


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MUSIC REVIEW

Review on 'We Can Change the World', Soundtrack from Ms. Led

By Theresa Burke

'We Can Change the World ' is a magnificent inspirational delight! This album successfully walks the fine line between promoting a life-affirming message while still providing superb, contemporary artistic musical integrity. Each song speaks for itself and can stand alone as an educational, motivational, spiritual and life-affirming message.

There are many fine impressionable performances inaugurated with the snappy and revealing theme song entitled, Ms. Led. How Can I Breathe is another successful dramatic and musical interpretation of the pain and regret that many women suffer after abortion.

Executive producer, writer, and composer Trish Short does not limit herself within the lyrical commentary of the project to a one-dimensional portrayal of this topic. The songs that follow encompass a challenge to fathers in Arise; the promise of hope and healing found in memorable songs like, The Answer and Lift Up A Name and I Love You, which proclaim the mercy and love of Christ. Counting on Love powerfully affirms the gift of adoption, and my personal favorite "Chance of a Lifetime", speaks of the dignity, gift and potential of every human child.

'We Can Change The World ' is blessed with haunting and memorable music, and crisp, intelligent lyrics, which speak from the very heart of the tragedy of the loss of a child through abortion. True to its source, this is a compilation of songs that are loaded with big emotions -- cruelty, deception, despair, courage, forgiveness and, above all, an all-consuming love.

Technically, the production manages to provide an impressive display of musical creativity, diversity and transitions that avoid monotony. Congratulations to Executive Producer Trish Short, who also produced the project, her co-writers, talented production staff, singers and musicians are all to be commended for their skillful depiction of these issues which were portrayed with great thoughtfulness and sensitivity.

Trish’s many years of hard work and perseverance in the development of this Project and her non-profit multi-media outreach organization, ALMS Foundation/Artists for Life, can be appreciated by all of us who work to educate contemporary society. 'We Can Change the World’ joins the small but growing group of great high quality pro-family/pro-life productions. This music will appeal to all ages as an emotionally complex, challenging and welcome artistic work that all of us can utilize to promote a culture of life.

To order a copy of "We Can Change the World" Contact: 1 800 462-7426. almsfoundation@aol.com/

 

ONE MAN’S EXPERIENCE OF ABORTION AND RECOVERY By Scott Miller

I want to thank you personally for what I have experienced as a result of being through the Rachel's Vineyard experience. Today I feel a deeper healing then I had in all of my previous 25 years of trying to come to terms with the abortion my girlfriend had in 1979. My relationships with both genders has improved dramatically as a result of this experience and I am so excited about this ministry that I want to get something started here in Canada where I’m from.

I have been able to sift through some unresolved issues connected with the abortion I was a part of almost 25 years ago. That's a long time to be carrying baggage around, especially for someone who thought he had dealt with so much of this issue already. I can't imagine how the fellows out there are doing who aren't even prepared to begin looking at this issue in their lives. Actually, I do know kind of how they are doing. They are most likely suppressing their experience and denying it like I did for so long, and/or they are addicted to some mood altering chemical which will probably kill them eventually. If they are fortunate, they are in a drug and alcohol treatment program and perhaps they are beginning to try to deal with it and are gaining enough measure of relief so they can function somewhat normally.

I’d also like to recommend 'Men and Abortion' by Catherine Coyle. Her book was very well done professionally and equally perceptive spiritually. She uses a forgiveness model to enable men to work through a past abortion experience. In brief she leads a man into self-forgiveness as well as forgiveness towards the number one person he feels is responsible for the abortion that has occurred. The forgiveness model is equally proficient in its spiritual as well as its psychological approach. It was personally helpful to me because it helped to uncover how I was really dealing with the abortion in my past. I thought I was dealing with it by blaming myself for the whole situation. This book helped me to be honest with myself about how I was really feeling towards my ex-girlfriend, and then put me in a place where I could truly forgive her for what I perceived to be her part in it. Something inside of me changed when I was able to go through that process. There were other great ideas and insights in the book, however this is the one that impacted me the most.

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Bless the LORD, my soul; all my being, bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, my soul; do not forget all the gifts of God, who pardons all your sins, who heals all your ills.
Delivers your life from the pit, surrounds you with love and compassion, Fills your days with good things; your youth is renewed like the eagle’s."

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NEW SITE REGISTRATION

Michelle Krystofik will be handling registering new Rachel Vineyard sites!  If you are thinking about running an RV weekend, or already planning to run your first retreat and haven't registered, please contact Michelle at mkrystofik@comcast.net.  She will forward a registration form to you via e-mail. 


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UPCOMING CLINICAL TRAINING:

March 11, 2004 Clinical Training Seminar with CEU credits available Sacramento, California (Theresa & Kevin)

Contact: Kathy M. Conner
Respect Life Coordinator
Diocese of Sacramento
(916) 733-0140
kconner@diocese-sacramento.org

 

UPCOMING RETREATS:

March 5-7, 2004- Canberra, Australia
Contact Julie Kelly 02 9449 7980

March 5-7, 2004–Gaylord, Michigan
Contact: Beth Bauer 800 727 5147 ext 3533 or 989 705 3517

March 5-7, 2004–Prescott, Arizona
Contact: Mary 928 759 0846 or 928 533 2621
Contact: Diane

March 5-7, 2004–Jacksonville, Florida
Contact: Donna 904 221 3232

March 5-7, 2004–Temecula, California
Contact: Jeanette Kristensen 909 693 9477

March 12-14, 2004–Linden, New Jersey
Contact: Michelle Krystofik 732 388 8211

March 19-21, 2004–Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Contact: Mary Alice 877 HOPE 4 ME

March 19-21, 2004–Madison, Wisconsin
Local host: Office of Family Life / Diocese of Madison
Contact: Leslie Graves 608 218 1264
Contact: Beverly Hartberg 608 821 3177

March 19-21, 2004–Youngstown, Ohio
Contact: Brenda Dama 330 519 8838
Contact: Br. Vit Fiala 330 799 1888

March 19-21, 2004–Knoxville, Tennessee
Contact: Catherine McHugh 865 694 4971

March 19-21, 2004–Arlington, Virginia
Local host: Diocese of Arlington
Contact: Myriam 703 729 7998

March 26-28, 2004–Providence, Rhode Island
Local host: Life & Family Ministry
Contact: Donna Warner 401 421 7833 ext 115 days / 401 785 9625 evenings

March 26-28, 2004–Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota
Contact: Nancy Blom
Contact: Gail Checco 888 329 3773

March 26-28, 2004–Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Contact: Susan Lepak 405 721 5651 ext 107

March 26-28, 2004–Sacramento, California
Contact: Kathy Conner 916 733 0140

March 26-28, 2004–Dallas, Texas
Contact: Barbara Hennes 972 785 CARE or 214 221 3575

March 26-28, 2004 - Lubbock, Texas
Contact: Cynthia Wynn 806 793 1235

March 26-28, 2004–Casper, Wyoming
Local host: Diocese of Cheyene
Contact: Sharie Cundall 800 823 5923

March 26-28, 2004–Scottsdale, Arizona
Contact: Ronnajean 623 551 3667

April 2-4, 2004–Boone, North Carolina
Note: Spanish retreat
Contact: Yaralitza Erives 336 495 0279

April 2-4, 2004–Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Contact: Susan Lepak 405 721 5651 ext 107

April 16-18, 2004–Fairfield County, Connecticut
Contact: Clarissa Cincotta 203 218 0291

April 16-18, 2004–Portland, Maine
Contact: Jeanne Bull 207 879 1130 ext 770 or 771 or toll-free 800 CARE 002

April 16-18, 2004–Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Contact: Ann Depner 412 456 6955

April 16-18, 2004–Tampa, Florida
Contact: Emma Boe 813 631 4370 or 813 673 4670

April 16-18, 2004–Eugene, Oregon
Contact: Lori Eckstine 800 249 8074 or 541 521 5186

April 16-18, 2004–Council Bluffs, Iowa
Contact: Heather

April 16-18, 2004-Corpus Christi, TX
Contact: Fr. Tom Goodwin 361 882 7912

April 23-25, 2004–Cork, Ireland
Contact: Bernadette 087 859 2877
Contact: Dr. Rita O'Connor 061 468 570

April 23-25, 2004–Gaylord, Michigan
Note: Interdenominational retreat
Contact: Beth Bauer 800 727 5147 ext 3533 or 989 705 3517

April 30-May 2, 2004–Romeoville, Illinois
Local host: Joliet Diocesan Life Office
Contact: Kay Corcoran 815 838 7171

April 30-May 2, 2004–Monroe, Connecticut
Local host: Archdiocese of Hartford Project Rachel
Contact: Mary Hayden 203 882 1326

April 30-May 2, 2004–Asheville, North Carolina
Local host: St. Banabas Respect Life Committee
Contact: Shelley Glanton 828 684 4330
Contact: Paula Bolick 828 684 4330

April 30-May 2, 2004–Kelowna, British Columbia
Contact: Janet Kormish 250 762 2273 or 877 683 CARE

April 30-May 2, 2004–Stanwood, Washington
Contact: Valerie Jacobs 800 822 HOPE

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