Dear Defenders of Life:
You should know about this great conference. Especially encourage college-aged young people to attend. This is a great way to be educated about the right-to-life movement and and get INVOLVED!
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STUDENTS FOR LIFE | ACTIVISM & TRAINING CONFERENCE
Join us to IGNITE your passion for life and EQUIP yourself with the knowledge to maximize your impact as a pro-life advocate!
Students for Life of Michigan’s Ignite & Equip Conference is the only statewide conference in Michigan for pro-life students. For eleven years, this event has attracted hundreds of students from across the state and featured exceptional leaders in the pro-life movement.
Plan ahead and bring your whole group!
Every minute of the day is tailored to your needs and interests. With fully interactive trainings, free resources, and opportunities to learn from some of the nation’s greatest pro-life leaders, this is an event you wont want to miss.
Topics and speakers change each year so that no two conference experiences are the same.
IGNITE & EQUIP
October 15th | 9am-4pm
2692 N. Dettman Rd
Jackson, MI 49201
Debbie Bloomfield, Life Chain Downriver and Michigan Director, and her husband, drove along Fort Street taking pictures and checking on the Life Chain participation in Lincoln Park, Southgate, Riverview, and Wyandotte as well as the new Life Chain in Woodhaven on Dix-Toledo at King Road (Thank you JoAnne!)
The good LORD blessed us with a beautiful sunny afternoon for our pro-life prayer witness. Thank you to everyone!
In 10 locations we counted about 155 people representing the following churches and groups. If I missed anyone, please let me know!
Church of the Nazarene
St. Frances Cabrini
Knights of Columbus
Lincoln Park Church of Christ
Our Lady of the Scapular
St. Vincent Pallotti, including the confirmation class
St. Pius X
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Lincoln Park Crisis Pregnancy Center
St. Mary Magdalen
Our Lady of the Woods
Upper Downriver Right to Life
Central Wayne County Right to Life
Southern Downriver Right to Life
I have not yet heard from St. Mary’s Rockwood and others at the Brownstown location or which churches were on Telegraph, praying and working for those with no voice, but a “Thank You” goes out to them as well.
Metro Detroit and Michigan Life Chain locations began shortly after the first Life Chain that took place in Yuba City, Caliornia.
Since that time it has grown to include 1900 locations throughout the United States and Canada. In Michigan last year there were 104 locations with 43 of them in Metro Detroit, most of which have already been confirmed as renewed for the first Sunday of October, which is October 2nd this year.
The Life Chain is a quiet, peaceful, prayerful witness along major roadways. People young and older hold signs witnessing to the value of each human life from conception to natural death. Participants pray for the protection of the unborn as they hold the sign “Abortion Kills Children.” That sign has saved hundreds of babies over the years. Mothers have come forward years later to thank participants and introduce the child she had planned to abort. The simple, straight forward message changes minds and hearts and has saved many children.
Other signs witness to the loving concern of the Life Chain participants:
- Abortion hurts Women
- Pray for an end to Abortion
- Adoption: the loving option
- El Aborto Mata Ninos
- Life: the First Inalienable Right
- Pregnant? Need Help? 800-57-WOMAN
As the end of life is more often threatened, another sign can be seen in the Life Chain: “Assisted Suicide Kills.”
Life Chains are organized entirely by volunteers. The National Director Royce Dunn, the webmasters and state directors are unpaid. Many of the local coordinators are dedicated individuals or churches. Others are organized by affiliates of Right to Life of Michigan. The Right to Life Lifespan committee organizes 42 Life Chains in southeast Michigan. Any donations above and beyond the cost of signs are directed to local Pregnancy Centers who assist mothers and their babies.
Families and individuals interested in participating in this year’s Life Chain can find a location near them at www.lifechain.net. There is also information about starting a new Life Chain. New Life Chains this year include Woodhaven and Flint. The Flint Life Chain and a few others are organized in conjunction with 40 Days for Life, another group committed to protecting unborn children through witness and prayer.
Following the Life Chain, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, there will be an Open House at the Right to Life of Michigan Wayne County Resource Center at 2010 Eureka Road, Wyandotte. Call 734-282-6100 for further information.
On Wednesday, Sept 28th, Ann Arbor will join 366 other locations, across ALL 50 US states and 23 nations in the UNITED 40 Days for Life campaign, which runs until Sunday, November 6. This is the largest pro-life mobilization in American history… the UNITED 40Days For Life Campaign, includes a massive 50 state tour. Ann Arbor will host the Michigan statewide rally on Saturday, Oct 8th at 11 am at Planned Parenthood on Professional Dr.
Please plan to join your neighbors, of all ages, from Washtenaw County and beyond, for our Interfaith Expression of Spiritual Warfare, the Ann Arbor Jericho March and Kickoff Rally at 2:00 pm on Sunday, Sept 25th outside of Planned Parenthood. The organizers will have family friendly signs and balloons available and lead the participants in praying and singing on the one mile march around the triangular block that surrounds Planned Parenthood.
Our Featured Speaker is Erin Elizabeth Mersino, a constitutional lawyer, advocate for religious freedom, trial attorney and former prosecutor.
Please plan to join your neighbors, of all ages, from Washtenaw County and beyond, for our Interfaith Expression of Spiritual Warfare, the Ann Arbor Jericho March and Kickoff Rally at 2:00 pm on Sunday, Sept 25th outside of Planned Parenthood.
The organizers will have family friendly signs and balloons available and lead the participants in praying and singing on the one mile march around the triangular block that surrounds Planned Parenthood.
“In Washtenaw County, we have seen proven results that our prayer and faster, community outreach and 40 day long peaceful prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood works. We have seen a 21% drop in the number of abortion obtained since 2007, when we began,” says Ann Arbor Campaign Director, Sandie Weathers.
Submitted by: Sandie Weathers, 40 Days For Life Ann Arbor Campaign Director, 734-657-1936 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The 27th Annual Right to Life of Michigan High School Oratory Contest was held on Saturday, May 14 at Community Faith Church in Holt, MI. Maria Tizedes (our downriver affiliate winner) won first place in the state competition, and will be going to the national contest which will be held during the National Right to Life Convention on Saturday, July 9 in Washington D.C.
Pictured from left:
Eva Solak, Second Place, Gaylord RTL;
Maria Tizedes, First Place, Downriver RTL affiliates;
Kaylee Tegethoff, Third Place, Holland Area RTL;
19 local contest winners competed at the 27th Annual State High School Oratory Contest in Holt, MI on May 14, 2016.