A few more photos from the 50th anniversary of the Clergy Consultation Service on May 21 and 22. At left, Rev. Donna Schaper, senior minister of Judson Memorial Church. Rev. Schaper, as a seminary student, was a member of the Chicago CCS. Next, we’re speaking with Rev. Robert Hare, one of the very few clergy to face legal charges as a result of abortion counseling. In the third photo, Rev. Peggy Howland–among a large audience of us–is listening to Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong, who gave a powerful message at the May 22 session on how we can move forward. And, finally: Does your congregation distribute free condoms in rainbow colors? If not, why not? Thank you, Judson Memorial Church, for all of the ways you offer compassion and justice.


It was a privilege to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion at Judson Memorial Church in New York with some of our heroes. Dr. Willie Parker, an abortion provider in the deep south, a Christian, and a national activist, preached on Sunday morning, May 21, 2017. (Click here for video of the sermon.) Rev. Finley Schaef, co-founder of the Clergy Consultation Service, spoke about how he became involved. We spoke briefly that afternoon and answered questions as part of a panel that included Dr. Parker. An inspiring and historic day with many mighty people.

Photo at lower right courtesy of Rev. Peggy Howland, another mighty member of the Clergy Consultation Service who continues to fight for reproductive justice.

At A Room of One’s Own in Madison, Wisconsin, April 27, 2017, for our very first book event. Such a wonderful store, and we enjoyed speaking next to the Dogs section! (Love that Dogist book.)

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