FAmily Update

Member Group : PA Family Institute

Volume 7, Issue 2
January 14, 2011
The Pennsylvania Family Institute’s weekly update to concerned citizens.
Michael Geer, President
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Quote of the Week
"But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do – it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."
~ President Obama, January 12, 2011
Pennsylvania News
Day2Pray – January 18: Pennsylvania Family Institute and the Pennsylvania Prayer Network are encouraging you to take time to pray on Pennsylvania ‘s Inauguration Day Tuesday January 18th when Tom Corbett will be sworn in as our 46th Governor. As we begin a new legislative session, we’re calling upon Pennsylvanians to intercede in prayer, wherever you are>, on behalf of our leaders in Harrisburg and in Washington. Please join us in a Day2Pray praying specifically for the leadership of this Commonwealth. Sign up online!
ACLU of PA Secures A Right to Incivility. Motorists in Pennsylvania now have the "right" to swear at and give the finger to police officers and other motorists. The ACLU of Pennsylvania had sued last May on behalf of a woman who was cited after yelling a profanity at a motorcyclist who, she said, had swerved close to her. She reported the incident to a state policeman, who mailed the motorcyclist a citation but also mailed her a disorderly conduct citation for using the "a" word. As part of the settlement, our PA State Police can no longer cite anyone for disorderly conduct because of swearing or obscene gestures.
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Life News
PFI Blog – Customize Your Child with Abortion. The pro-life movement has been warning people about this day for years. The day when abortion would simply become a tool to pick and choose the child of your choice. A couple in Australia aborted twin boys because they really wanted a girl. And everyone seems shocked that parents could be capable of that thinking. Really? Read more commentary on this story and add your comments to the PFI Blog!
National News
Pennsylvania Not the Only State Seeking to Preserve Marriage in 2011. At least seven states – Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming – are working to protect marriage in their constitutions. Look for more info on our efforts here in Pennsylvania coming soon.
US Documents to Retain ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’, But Adding ‘Parent 1’ and ‘Parent 2.’ The State Department announced they were changing birth documents for overseas births to read "Parent 1" and "Parent 2" instead of "Mother" and "Father" in a bid to be more gender-neutral. After an outcry from the Family Research Council, our sister organization in Washington, D.C. and other conservative, pro-family groups, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton changed her mind. Clinton instructed the department to change the form to now ask for the names of the child’s "mother or parent 1" and "father or parent 2."

The Art of Marriage – February 11-12, 2011. From FamilyLife and Dennis Rainey comes a new video guided event where couples have the opportunity to look at their relationship in a whole new way. Weaving instruction from respected pastors and Bible teachers together with compelling stories, humorous vignettes, man-on-the-street interviews and more, The Art of Marriage will help couples apply what the Bible teaches about marriage in a powerful way. It’s practical, funny and straight to the heart. On February 11-12, 2011, Pennsylvania Family Institute is sponsoring 2 conferences happening in the South-Central Pennsylvania region: Harrisburg/Camp Hill: Christian Life Assembly and Reading: Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church. Save 25% if you register by February 1st! Sign-up online or call toll-free 1-800-FAMILY-1.

PFI News
Live it Out – Learn How to Live Out Your Faith in School. On Saturday, January 22, Randall Wenger, chief counsel for the Independence Law Center, will be one of the speakers at the Live it Out Conference at Shady Maple Smorgasbord in East Earl, Pa. He’ll be speaking on the religious rights of students in public school. Register and learn more at
Know a Student Who Might Want to Intern? We accept student interns during the spring and summer. They can email a resume and cover letter to Emily Shaheen at [email protected]. Deadline is March 30 to apply for the summer.
Spring 2011 Truth Project Training Seminars – Register Today! Each Truth Project training seminar will prepare you to lead this innovative small-group curriculum, imparting a biblical worldview into the lives of others:
-Saturday, April 9, 2011 – Community Alliance Church in Butler, Pa. 8:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. Register here.
-Saturday, May 14, 2011 – Greenview Alliance Church in Montoursville, Pa. 8:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. Register here.
-Saturday, May 21, 2011 – Berean Bible Fellowship Church in Stroudsburg, Pa. 8:30a.m. to 12:30p.m. Register here.
Save the Date! City on the Hill 2011 is July 24-30, 2011. Find out more about the City on the Hill Youth Leadership Conference at Application will be posted by the end of January.
Golf Classic on May 2 to Benefit City on the Hill. We are planning our annual golf classic for May 2, 2011 at the exclusive Bent Creek Country Club in Lititz to benefit City on the Hill. More details to follow.
Interested in Hosting a Truth Project event? We are looking for churches to host a training event. Contact Dan Bartkowiak at [email protected] or 717-545-0600 for more information.
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