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The need for a new conversation
Angie Weszely and Denise Stein experienced several tensions when they began leading a Christian pregnancy organization.
Some of the practices seemed to minimize the needs of women and focused primarily on “saving the baby.” When they tried to discuss changes with some staff and other pregnancy organizations, they were accused of “going to the other side.”
So they asked:
Were these practices an accurate demonstration of God’s heart for women and children? Were they allowing us to meet her physical, spiritual, and emotional needs?
Also, local pastors were hesitant to even address the issues of unplanned pregnancy and abortion because they lacked language that was both biblical and compassionate. And pregnant women reported they wouldn’t go to a church for support because they feared judgment.
Which led them to wonder:
If we could help equip pastors to talk about this with grace, would the church become a safe place for women to ask for help?
And finally, community organizations and health clinics had negative reactions to the work of the pregnancy organization Angie and Denise were leading because they were concerned it was manipulative and misleading.
Which led them to ask:
Was there truth in any of the community’s concerns about us and our organization?
Through this journey, Angie and Denise began asking God two primary questions:
1. If Jesus were here today, how would he be addressing the issue of abortion?
2. What is really leading women to think abortion is their only option?
Through a lot of prayer, conversations, studying of the Gospels, and research, the ProGrace network was created. We are asking God to elevate the Christian approach to abortion beyond the political debate and into a deeper understanding of the dignity and value God places on every woman and every child.
Hear for yourself
Listen to Angie tell their story of discovery in this podcast. You'll hear a whole new way to understand God's design for women, children, and pregnancy.
Angie has spent the past 14 years involved in the abortion conversation, first as President of a Christian pregnancy organization, and now in her work with ProGrace. She is passionate about seeing Christian leaders rise up with a grace response to abortion, because she thinks that will change everything. As an accomplished speaker and coach, Angie leads ProGrace workshops and training sessions. She is also the strategic mind behind the mission, vision, and direction of ProGrace. Follow Angie on Twitter
A social worker by profession, Denise has worked in non-profit Christian ministry for the last 30 years, with a passion and focus on supporting women. Along with Angie, Denise has a huge desire to see the Christian community approach abortion in a new way, one that fully represents God’s whole heart for both the woman and the child. Denise trains all pregnancy centers and leads program development and operations.