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Conference highlights life issues

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dr. John Patrick's breakout session on current medical issues is available online

EDMONTON – Although the recent Canadian election may have downplayed the importance of discussing life issues, such was not the case at the third annual Love Life conference at Concordia University College of Alberta (CUCA).

On November 15, 70 people gathered for a day of plenary sessions and small-group workshops. ABC District president, Rev. Don Schiemann addressed how respect for life correlates with criminal justice.

Dr. John Patrick, retired professor from the University of Ottawa, gave a medical perspective on The Domino Effect of Legalizing Abortion and What Hippocrates Knew and We Have Forgotten.

These three insightful presentations, webcast live over LCC’s website, are posted online for on-demand viewing and are available on disc. ABC District hopes local circuits and congregations throughout Canada will use them as a springboard to discuss life issues from a Biblical perspective.

In the breakout sessions, “The Back Porch” ministry helped women and men dealing with the ramifications of unwanted pregnancy or abortion. Other workshops spanned a range of issues, not just the abortion question: the Lutheran response to feeding the hungry at the inner-city Edmonton program The Rock; palliative care and addressing the needs of the dying; managing stress in everyday life.

Some overheard comments: “I never thought of the issue that way before!” “So much information packed into the presentation, I need to hear it again.” “What a wonderful investment of my Saturday!”
“Love Life” is a cooperative venture between CUCA, Concordia Lutheran Seminary (CLS), and Lutherans for Life–Canada. CLS Seminary Guild provided and served lunch.

ABC District’s Evan Adnams, Paul Ney and Genoa Waymen provided the technical support needed in webcasting and recording the sessions.

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