Sister Donna Quinn, a Palos Hills resident, attended the last two and is flying to this one with four other nuns. Rev. Nan Conser, a retired United Church of Christ minister in Golf, never went before but is going with a group of 10 clergy and lay people. Rev. Larry Greenfield, an American Baptist minister who leads Hyde Park Union Church, couldn't make it last time, but said he wouldn't miss this one for anything.Where are they going? To join the March for Women's Lives in Washington DC, defying the popular wisdom that Christians all speak with one voice on the abortion issue. There's a prayer vigil starting at 10am Saturday ("Clergy and lay leaders will pray for the safety of health-care providers and travelers to the march and for elected officials to have wisdom and compassion for women.") and an interfaith worship service Sunday morning, just before the march, at the Capitol Reflecting Pool.
I think these folks are really great, but they seem to think that they're just going about their ordinary business:
"The majority of religious people in the United States are in favor of women's choice, but you don't hear about it because of a successful campaign on the part of certain groups to make the American people believe that religious people wouldn't support the right to choose. In fact, the opposite is true," said Castuera, noting that an "underground railroad" of clergy helped women get abortions before the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade made them legal.(Link via Christine Cupaiuolo at Ms. Musings. See you on the Mall, Christine! I'll be the furry one with webbed toes and an eye peeled for sushi. Unless I'm overidentifying with my blog again.)