Consistent Life 25th Anniversary Conference


March 9-11, 2012, 4-H Youth Conference Center, Chevy Chase, MD

Rachel MacNair video now available

We are sorry that the process of ending videos of Conference presentations has gone slowly. However, we now have the Sunday afternoon presentation by Dr. Rachel MacNair on Consistent Life at 25 Years: Insights from Psychology available on YouTube.

All videos and other presentation materials from the Conference which we now have available are on the Conference talks & presentations page.


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Worship Opportunities Set

We have arranged to hold Catholic and Protestant worship services at 9:30 on the Sunday morning of our Conference at the Conference site, the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. These services will be open to the general public without paying a registration fee. Due to Center policy, those not registered will need to stop by the Center main desk for a name badge, so attenders sh0uld allow time for that.

Fr. Jim Noonan, M.M. will celebrate Catholic mass in the Minnesota Room. He is a member of the Assisi Community in Washington, DC. The Assisi Community is a monastic-style community where the majority of members are not part of religious orders. The Community emphasizes a simple lifestyle and work for social change.

Rob Arner will give the message at the Protestant service. Rob is a member of the Consistent Life Board, a seminarian studying for his doctorate, and the author of Consistently Pro-Life: The Ethics of Bloodshed in Ancient Christianity. He is a Mennonite.

For Conference participants who are of other religions or no faith tradition, or simply would prefer not to attend one of the services, the Schruben Room will be available during the services for informal discussion.

At 10:45 AM, after the services, all are welcome to attend a session in the Minnesota Room where participants will share their reasons for supporting the Consistent Life Ethic. Consistent Life co-founder and current Treasurer Mary Rider will moderate this session.

To defray the additional costs of providing on-site religious services, we will have a free will offering at each of the religious services.

For those who want to stay for lunch in the Center cafeteria after the morning activities and are not registered, a limited number of lunch tickets will be available for $14 at the main desk. Lunch is served buffet style, and will include vegan and vegetarian (lacto-ovo) options.

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Serrin Foster added as Conference speaker

Serrin Foster

We have added an additional plenary speaker, who will be our Saturday dinner speaker.

Serrin Foster has led Feminists for Life, a CL member group, since 1994. Under her leadership FFL successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Child Health Insurance Program, defeated the mandatory “family cap” and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform, and worked to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act of 1995.

Serrin served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act. In 2003, Serrin testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as “Laci and Conner’s Law.”

The creator of the Women Deserve Better® campaign has been an outspoken opponent of pregnancy discrimination and has focused on developing on-campus resources and support for underserved pregnant and parenting students.

Feminists for Life has been leading a revolution on campus to educate students at highest risk of abortion about our rich pro-life feminist heritage and redirect the debate toward woman-centered solutions. Serrin’s landmark speech, “The Feminist Case Against Abortion,” has been recognized as one of the “Great Speeches in History” in an anthology on Women’s Rights.

In 1997, Serrin moderated the first Pregnancy Resource Forum in the country at Georgetown University. FFL’s Pregnancy Resource Forums became a model for the country and have helped to redirect the debate toward woman-centered solutions. In 2010 FFL’s Pregnancy Resource Forums became the basis for Pregnancy Assistance Fund grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that will put into hyper-drive new pro-woman solutions on campus.

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Rachel MacNair to be closing speaker at Conference

Rachel MacNair

Rachel M. MacNair

Rachel M. MacNair has agreed to be the closing speaker for our Conference on Sunday afternoon. Rachel was at our founding conference, and has been active throughout our history. Currently she serves as Vice President of Consistent Life and Director of the Institute for Integrated Social Analysis, our research arm.

Rachel has a doctorate in Psychology and Sociology, and currently serves as President-Elect of the American Psychological Association Division 48, Peace Psychology. Her undergraduate work was in Peace and Conflict Studies.

Rachel has a long history as both a speaker and a writer. Her speaking and writing has been in both the academic and activist arenas.

She has written, co-written or edited a number of books, including:

  • Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress: The psychological consequences of killing,  2002.
  • The Psychology of Peace: An introduction,  2003 & 2011 (the leading textbook in the field).
  • Working for Peace: A Handbook of Practical Psychology (Editor), 2006
  • Consistently Opposing Killing: From Abortion to Assisted Suicide, the Death Penalty, and War (Co-editor), 2008 &  2011.
  • ProLife Feminism: Yesterday and Today (Co-author), 1995 & 2006.
  • Gaining Mind of Peace: Why Violence Happens and How to Stop It, 2003.
  • History Shows: Winning with Nonviolent Action, 2004.
  • Achieving Peace in the Abortion War, 2009.

Rachel served as President of Feminists for Life of America 1984-1994, and is the founder of the Feminism and Nonviolence Studies Association. She currently serves as Petition Coordinator for the Kansas City Peace Planters campaign against building a new nuclear weapons plant.

We believe Rachel will inspire conference attenders to go forth and be effective supporters of the consistent life ethic in their communities and constituencies. We encourage you to register for the Conference today.

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Dr. Johnny Hunter to speak at Conference

Dr. Johnny M. Hunter

Rev. Dr. Johnny M. Hunter

The Rev. Dr. Johnny M. Hunter, a longtime endorser of Consistent Life, has agreed to speak at our 25th Anniversary Conference. Dr. Hunter is the National Director of the Life Education And Resource Network (LEARN, Inc.), the most prominent African-American pro-life ministry in the U.S., and President of Global Life & Family Mission. Dr. Hunter has pastored several churches, and currently serves as Pastor of Praise and Worship at Cliffdale Community Church in Fayettteville, NC, a multi-ethnic Christian congregation. He has also served as an educator and a computer programmer, and is a consultant specializing in goal-oriented racial diversity training and organization. In addition, he composes, arranges and directs musical scores.

Dr. Hunter has received numerous awards for his service to society, including:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Religious Leadership Award from the Erie County Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference;
  • Sojourner Truth Award from the Coalition of Urban Renewal and Education;
  • Dr. James Cameron National Juneteenth Leadership Award; and
  • Defender of Life Award from the National Black Pro-Life Conference.

With plenary speakers such as Dr. Hunter, Dr. Catherine Meeks and Aimee Bedoy, as well as leading activists on panels and leading workshops, the 25th Anniversary Conference is shaping up to be an exciting event. Don’t miss it!

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Dr. Catherine Meeks to speak at Conference

Dr. Catherine Meeks

Dr. Catherine Meeks

Dr. Catherine Meeks, retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Social Science and Professor of Socio-Cultural Studies at Wesleyan College, has accepted an invitation to speak at our 25th Anniversary Conference. Dr. Meeks’ books include Standing on Their Shoulders: A Celebration of the Wisdom of African American Women and Bears and Butterflies: A Way to Listen to Your Hearts. She currently has her own consulting and coaching business, Kayma and Associates.  She writes regularly for The Huffington Post and The Telegraph (Macon, GA).

Dr. Meeks has won numerous awards, including:

  • NAACP Outstanding Community Service Award,
  • W.E.B. Dubois Award for Outstanding Service to the African American Community (National Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists),
  • Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration, and
  • Georgia Sociologist of the Year (2006).

Deeply committed to nonviolence, Dr. Meeks has been a long-time supporter of Consistent Life. She is noted for her storytelling style, which has made her a popular speaker. We think you will find her presentation at the Conference very rewarding.


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