Consistent Life 25th Anniversary Conference


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

Public witness plans set for Friday, March 9

We have been indicating that there would be a CLE public witness opportunity on the afternoon of March 9. We have now developed those plans.

Our member group Dorothy Day Catholic Worker is holding a liturgy in front of the White House each Friday during Lent from 12 Noon to 1 PM. So we will start our public witness with that event. Following the White House liturgy, we will walk to the military recruiting office at 14th and L Sts. NW. After spending some time there, we will walk to Planned Parenthood, 1108 16th St. NW, where we will take the 2-3 PM shift of the 40 Days for Life witness there. All aspects of the public witness are fully legal.

We will have the Consistent Life banner and some CLE signs. Feel free to bring your own sign if you wish. We invite you to come for all or a portion of the public witness, whether or not you are able to attend the Conference.

Member group Dorothy Day Catholic Worker (DDCW) is doing much for the work for the public witness. For more information, contact Kevin Mason by email or by phone at DDCW at 202-882-9649.

Planned Parenthood is about 2 blocks from the Farragut North Metro Station. To get to the 4-H Center for the Conference after the public witness, take the Red Line from Farragut North to Friendship Heights, and then take the L8 Metrobus (marked Aspen Hill) or Ride-On bus 1 or 11.


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New Conference Information and Registration Sheet

We have developed a new Conference Information and Registration Sheet (PDF) which is easily reproducible and allows registrations of multiple persons coming as one party on one sheet (the only option allowing that). It is on regular letter size paper, and is easy to reproduce. It is suitable both as a registration option and as a flier you can give to friends, or make available at your house of worship or other public location.

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Children at the Conference

Wondered whether you could bring your little ones with you to the Conference? The answer is that they are welcome. Little Friends of Peace will be providing a peace camp for children Friday evening and part of Saturday.  We are arranging child care for later plenary sessions.

Also, we can make appropriate arrangements for families at the Conference. What shows on the registration information is geared towards adults and teens. We understand that family needs may be different, and the Center is cooperative in helping us find what will work for each particular family situation. Email our Conference Coordinator, giving your needs and your phone number, and she will work with you and the Center on appropriate arrangements and costs. She is a mother of young children, and will understand your needs.

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Early registration extended

We have extended early registration fees to all registrations received by February 5.  You will have until midnight Sunday, February 5 to complete online registration to get the reduced rates. Mailed registrations will need to be mailed in time to arrive by then to qualify.  This is as much as we can extend early registration due to the need to get numbers to the Conference Center, along with payment, 30 days before the Conference starts.

Later registration is possible, subject to the ability of the Conference Center to accommodate requests. We do not currently anticipate problems with that, but the Center is free to book facilities we did not reserve in advance to other groups.

We encourage everyone planning to attend to get in their registrations as soon as possible. Thank you.

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Conference schedule available

A detailed draft conference schedule is now available in PDF. There will still be some adjustments before the Conference, but this schedule will show you most of what will be going on at the Conference.

GitHub: Software description: a mobile friendly conference schedule (Python).

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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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Opportunities for groups to participate in Conference

We have a number of opportunities for groups to participate in the Conference, both supporting groups and groups who may agree with us on one or more issues but not have an opinion on the consistent life ethic. We have 3 levels of co-sponsorship, and opportunities to use the Conference to spread a group’s message without co-sponsoring. Here are the options:

Platinum Co-Sponsor $750

Provides you with …

  • Full page ad in program (8 1/2 x 11)
  • Free conference registration for 2 people
  • Free full page insert in conference packet.
  • Free table for your organization (one six foot table, 2 chairs and electricity if required).  You can sell material here.
  • Acknowledgement in all 25th Anniversary Conference material, including our website.
  • Acknowledgement display and acknowledgement from the podium

Gold Co-Sponsor $350

Provides you with …

  • Free 1/4 page ad in program
  • Free conference registration for 1 person
  • Free table for your organization (one six foot table, 2 chairs and electricity if required).  You can sell material here.
  • Acknowledgement in all 25th Anniversary Conference material, including our website.
  • Acknowledgement display and acknowledgement from the podium

Silver Co-Sponsor $200

Provides you with…

  • Free conference registration for 1 person
  • Free table for your organization (one six foot table, 2 chairs and electricity if required).  You can sell material here.
  • Acknowledgement in all 25th Anniversary Conference material, including our website.


Full page ad in program $150

Half page ad in program $85

Quarter page ad in program $50

Full page insert in conference packet $50

Table for your organization $100  (one six foot table, 2 chairs and electricity if required) You can sell things here.


If your group wants to participate, there are a couple of ways to sign up:

  • Use our electronic form to submit your request electronically (this form does not contain explanations of the levels of co-sponsorship, so use it keeping in mind the descriptions above); or
  • Use our standard form, which includes a full description of the co-sponsorship levels, to submit your request by postal mail, fax or email attachment.

We encourage groups to respond quickly.

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Online Registration Now Available

An online registration form is now available. We strongly encourage everyone to register by January 31. We give a substantial discount on the registration fee if you do so. We need to receive most of our registrations by then because the venue needs our updated facilities needs and payment for the facilities a month before the conference. We appreciate your cooperation, and hope to see you at the Conference.

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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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Registration brochure available

A Conference registration brochure is now available. This gives basic information about the Conference and a form to mail back to register yourself for it.

We need registrations by January 31 in order to make final arrangements with the venue.

We hope to have on-line registration available early in January.

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