Elected Official Leads Class on Christian View of Politics beginning July


Can a sincere Christian, or any person of integrity, participate in politics? And why do politics seem to turn up even in the office, the church, or the family? These and other questions of immediate concern will be discussed in an evening study of First and Second Samuel at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Taylor beginning Wednesday, July 19, from 7:00 p.m. To 8:30 p.m., and continuing for 12 weeks.

The class is unique and timely as it will be led by a statewide elected official, Dr. Richard Zeile (“Dr. Z”), who serves on the State Board of Education, currently as Co-President. The Old Testament books of Samuel chronicle Israel’s shift from a federation of tribes led by judges to a monarchy under Saul and David. David is the traditional exemplar of God’s man in the fields of war and government, and his conduct offers many suggestions as to how the Believer, the sincere adherent of the Christian faith, ought to approach the complexities of war and politics.

Beginning with a basic analysis of politics as any process dealing with conflicting agendas, Dr. Zeile will explore with the class the differing perspectives that give rise to conflicting agendas, the role of loyalties an individual may owe, the ethics of truth-telling and truth-concealing, the creative power of our words in determining relationships, what we praise and blame, integrity, the relation of the divine and the political, of church and state, ethics of war, violence and force, changing social conditions, institutions, and values. These will be illustrated by examples from ancient and American political history. Participant questions and comments are an important part of this class. Various perspectives will be noted and dealt with respectfully, but the class perspective is that of traditional Christianity which regards David as God’s approved exemplar of a political leader.

Attendance at all sessions will be valuable but not mandatory. Participants may register by calling 313.802.1146, but drop-ins are welcome. No one will be called upon to read or speak without volunteering beforehand. This class will meet at the St. John’s Lutheran Church School building, 13115 Telegraph (corner of Northline Road), Taylor. Enter the Northline-facing double doors. Parking is free and cost of the class is provided by St. John’s Lutheran Church, Taylor, a congregation of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.


Dr. Richard Zeile studied political theory at Valparaiso University, Indiana, earned a master’s degree from the Rackham School of the University of Michigan in education, and a master’s degree in church history from the Harvard Divinity School, before completing studies for Lutheran ordination at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He earned certification as a Specialist in Educational Administration from Wayne State University, and a doctorate in ministry from Detroit’s Ecumenical Theological Seminary. He is the author of several articles in educational and religious journals, Sunday school curricula for Concordia Publishing House, and a study on Detroit school closings in the 1990’s entitled, When Lutheran Schools Close (Lambert Academic Publishing 2014). Dr. Zeile has served as Headmaster at several Lutheran schools, notably at St. John’s, Taylor (2001-214), and Pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Taylor. He was elected in 2010 to Michigan’s State Board of Education where he was elected by his colleagues as Co-President for the 2017-18 biennium. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Boards of Education, and chaired their Study Group on Rural Education (2014). Dr. Zeile has taught adjunct courses at Concordia University Ann Arbor in education and theology.

Help Save the Lives of Uncontacted Tribes


For years I’ve been a member of Survival International.  Please join us in our quest to save the uncontacted tribes around the globe, as governments, logging and mining corporations are burning down their villages, killing the people, and all for money, profit, and control.

These people have endured since the beginning of mankind and they have a right to live on their land.  They are innocent and do not bother or hurt anyone.  If you believe in the sanctity of life, then add them to your group of people to stand up for.

It only takes a few moments to send an e-mail to the various government leaderships.  Your e-mails help put pressure on the people and governments who are more concerned with money than they are human life.

To learn more about Survival Internationals, please click on the link below:


Winning Billboard Designs – Upper Downriver Right to Life

winning billboards

Mackenzie and model

GR-HS winners

Each year UD-RTL holds a fund raising and awareness raising Life Walk with most walkers bringing donations from sponsors and pledges from some who are not able to join us as we walk with our signs along a major roadway.  The event is followed by a potluck and pizza picnic.  In 2016 we raised about $1500.

The Board of Directors and interested members suggested that we should use the money to purchase billboard space in strategic areas of Detroit’s Downriver area.  After research, we found out that for $1500 we could get two billboards for four weeks in July when there would be a lot of traffic coming to the Fourth of July Parade and annual four day Street Art Fair in Wyandotte.

At the February meeting the possibilities were being discussed when a visitor suggested that a billboard design contest be held for youth ages 13-24.  It would serve as a means to get the art work, but more importantly would engage the youth in the pro-life concept and give them cause to consider the consequences and alternatives to abortion.  They will be the ones who might hear of a young woman who is pregnant and considering abortion.  They can offer the help available from Right to Life of Michigan’s 800-57-WOMAN help line.

So Alicia Kwalton, a busy mother of 11 children offered to organize the contest, contact local high schools, and raise $1000 so that two prizes of $500 could be awarded to two winners.  She did all of that!  The contest information was publicized in our local newsletter, churches, and the Downriver News Herald newspaper.  She even contacted and was interviewed by Teresa Tomeo one morning on Ave Maria Catholic Radio.

There were 59 entries, mostly from Gabriel Richard Catholic High School students.  Using a five point judging criteria system, the winners were chosen.

A wide-eyed baby and the caption “Don’t let lives end before they begin.” and 1-800-57-WOMAN, was designed by Isabella Kandes and Francesca Vitale, from Gabriel Richard Catholic High School was chosen as a winner.  The other winner was Mackenzie Fortener, 23 years old and from Our Lady of the Scapular parish in Wyandotte who used a patriotic theme and her photograph of her niece with the caption “Freedom includes the freedom to live.”

Thank you to the Knights of Columbus Council from St. Pius X Catholic Church, Gabriel Richard High School, and six individuals who donated $1000 of prize money which was  awarded at the June monthly meeting of UD-RTL.  The winning billboards may be seen for four weeks from June 26 to July 23 in Wyandotte on Northline Road at the railroad tracks and in Southgate on Eureka a few blocks west of Fort Street.

Upper Downriver Right to Life affiliate of Right to Life of Michigan serves Wyandotte, Southgate, Lincoln Park, Ecorse, River Rouge and Southwest Detroit.

Young Men Proudly Wear the Hezbollah and Palestinian Terror Flag in Central London Without Fear of Arrest.



Hezbollah and Palestine supporters staged a sit-down protest that brought part of central London to a standstill on Sunday afternoon (June 18, 2017). 

“Hezbollah supporters call for Israel’s annihilation at London rally. A few hundred people marched down Regent Street, behind the Palestinian and Hezbollah terror flag, before staging a sit-down protest on Oxford Street…

Speaking to Jewish News after addressing the counter-demonstration in Grosvenor Square, Matthew  Offord MP condemned the flying of Hezbollah flags in Central London.


He said: “There are Hezbollah flags being flown. When they were flown in 2015, outside Number 10 (Downing Street – office of the Prime Minister), I spoke with the then Home Secretary who agreed with me, that as Hezbollah is proscribed under the Terrorism Act, they should not be doing so.

The Police have a different legal opinion, and they feel that the political wing of Hezbollah is different from the paramilitary wing, and as such they allow them to do so.”

Addressing what action he think can be taken, Offord, who was re-elected in Hendon two weeks ago, said: “I’m going to continue to press the new HS to have this proscribed under the terrorism act, so that Hezbollah flags, as with ISIS flags (also should include the terror flag of Hamas), should not be flown on the streets of London.” 

While multiculturalism may sound good on the surface because it acknowledges various cultures, it tends to separate, not bring together people with different ethnocentric ideology.  One only has to look at Europe, and the multiple terror attacks in London, to see the harmful affects of multiculturalism, rather than assimilation.

To read entire article: https://www.facebook.com/JewishNewsUK




(Last year’s winner of the Infographic Contest was Leah Boerkel of Ada.)

Would you or someone you know, ages 13 to 22 years old, like to spread the pro-life message and have the chance to earn scholarship money?  If yes, they should participate in Right to Life of Michigan Annual Youth Infographic Contest!

Not to worry if you have never made an Infographic before, easy to follow directions are included in the registration form. Contestants create and submit an original Infographic, and contest finalists have their works shared on Right to Life of Michigan’s  Facebook page where the public will like and share the Infographics to help determine the winners.  The winner will receive $400, and the runner up $100.

Submissions are presented on a local, state, and national arena.

Scholarship awards.  Prolife youth aged 13 to 22 who reside in Michigan are eligible to participate.  DEADLINE TO ENTER IS JULY 7, 2017.

 Please click on the following link for additional  information.


 Please share with students, schools, friends and family members,  including  churches, youth groups, pastors.


Wyandotte Street Art Fair


The Annual Wyandotte Street Art Fair will be held on July 12 – 15 in downtown Wyandotte.

As always we will have the Upper Downriver Right to Life booth to handout information, answer questions, and will be selling a few items.  We are always looking for volunteers to work in four (4) hour blocks.

Year after year, the Street Art Fair is a bustling with people, but a wonderful experience with all its crafts, art, food, and almost everything in between.  A perfect outing for couples, friends, and family to enjoy together.

For more information as to our location at the fair, to volunteer, or just want to  stop by and say “hello” to us, please contact Chris at (734)288-8798 or e-mail WyandotteRLM@gmail.com

Upper Downriver Right to Life is an affiliate of  Right to Life of Michigan, serving Wyandotte, Southgate, Lincoln Park,  Ecorse, River Rouge and SW Detroit.


Wyandotte 4th of July Parade

4th of July

Once again Upper Downriver Right to Life will be participating in the annual 4th of July Parade in downtown Wyandotte.

Please feel free to join us as we pass out candy and greet parade goers.  What child (or even an adult) doesn’t like a good parade with 125 veterans, floats, bands, and clowns, plus the amazing antics of the Shriner groups?

Upper Downriver  Right to Life is Unit #54 (all units are in chronological order).  The parade begins at 10:00  AM, but lineup will start at 9:30 AM.  We will be meeting on Biddle near Spruce Street.  The parade goes on rain, snow, sleet or sunshine.

For more information, please e-mail Anna @wyandotterlm@gmail.com.




Upper Downriver Right to Life – Life Walk 6/3/27

This year’s June Life Walk was a wonderful success.  Good weather, good fellowship,  and a walk from Calvary Lutheran Church in Lincoln Park, past Bethel Assembly of God, and a tour through our local Crisis Pregnancy Center,  led by Ed Kroll.  Dr. Russ Bone welcomed us, and Doug  Thomas led us in prayer at the Church of Christ. We received many “thumbs up” and horn toots as we walked along Fort Street, and ending with an indoor picnic at the starting point.

The two winning Bill Board  Contest submissions were honored and given their $500 award, and it was wonderful to see how many submissions we had in the 13 – 24 age group.  We also had the winner of our last Oratory Contest present, Michael Carzon, who read his winning speech, which was then followed up by Dan McGuire winning a metal and award for bringing in the most contributions.

In total we had 156 who participated in donations, and twenty six walkers.




Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s Record on Parental Consent

Parental consent before an abortion is an important issue. Without parental consent laws young girls can go to an abortion clinic to have a life-changing procedure without a parent ever finding out.

An overwhelming majority of voters support laws preventing minor teens from having secret abortions. The most recent Gallup poll on the issue found that 71 percent of people favored parental consent laws.

While a member of the Michigan Legislature Debbie Stabenow voted against Michigan’s 1990 law requiring minors to have parental consent before abortion. Since 1990 minor children having abortions in Michigan dropped 79 percent.

In 2013 in the U.S. Senate Debbie Stabenow voted against the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA). CIANA prevents people from smuggling children across state lines to circumvent a state’s parental consent laws.

You can’t give an aspirin to a child at school without parental consent. A child can’t get a tattoo without parental consent. Why would Senator Debbie Stabenow let children have secret abortions or let other adults take someone’s child to another state to have a abortion?

(Source: Right to Life of Michigan)

Below is a list of offices to contact Sen. Stabenow:

Mid-Michigan Office
221 W. Lake Lansing Road, Suite 100
East Lansing, MI 48823 (Map)
Phone: (517) 203-1760

West Michigan Office
3280 E. Beltline Court NE, Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 (Map)
Phone: (616) 975-0052

Flint/Saginaw Bay Office
432 N. Saginaw St, Suite 301
Flint, MI 48502 (Map)
Phone: (810) 720-4172

Northern Michigan Office
3335 S. Airport Road West, Suite 6B
Traverse City, MI 49684 (Map)
Phone: (231) 929-1031

Southeast Michigan Office
719 Griswold St., Suite 700
Detroit, MI 48226 (Map)
Phone: (313) 961-4330

Upper Peninsula Office
1901 W. Ridge
Marquette, MI 49855 (Map)
Phone: (906) 228-8756

Washington DC
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-2204 (Map)
Phone: (202) 224-4822