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All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, OK


Nov 8, 2015

The message was delivered on Sunday, November 8, 2015, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by Dr. Willie J. Parker, MD, MPH, MSC.

MESSAGE DESCRIPTION

Within our Judeo-Christian notion of monotheism, various expressions of imperialism are in the ascendency, creating a pluralism that looks closely akin to polytheism, many gods. Is there now the God who opposes immigration, the God who judges and punishes women for abortion, the God who hates LGBTQ people? In this pantheon of religious hate, tucked in the corner is the Unknown God of love and reproductive justice. I seek to introduce you to this unknown God of Love.

Dr. Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate. Raised in poverty, he was “born again” and did a stint as a boy preacher in a Baptist Church, went on to Harvard, had a distinguished career as an obstetrician and then had his “Come to Jesus” moment, when he decided to give up his career and become an abortion provider. He currently provides abortion care for women in five U.S. states. His work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men's reproductive health.

In an interview with Esquire Magazine, he states, “The protestors say they’re opposed to abortion because they’re Christian. It’s hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I’m a Christian."

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