Great Stuff — Thrivent Reinstates Funding to Crisis Pregnancy Centers – An Open Letter

Great Stuff found over on DaringLutheran.net:

  

Dear Mr. Hewitt and Thrivent Board Members,

bigstock_falling_money_669153Imagine my pleasant surprise when today, while doing some research for a follow-up article on Thrivent’s neutrality policy, I discovered that a bit more than 70% of the pro-life organizations that Thrivent had kicked out of their charitable giving programs in the name of “neutrality” have been quietly reinstated. Thanks be to God! Wonderful organizations that are serving men, women, and children in their time of need are again eligible for Thrivent Choice dollars as well as other Thrivent charitable giving programs. This is a great first step for Thrivent. I do wonder why you are being so quiet about it; nevertheless it is very good to see. Now for the next step. The faithful organizations that provide education about life and bioethics issues should be reinstated. These organizations are doing faithful, Christian work. They are providing resources to men, women, and children – Christian or not – in times of great need. These organizations are:

These organizations are not political, but instead exist to provide the truth about life issues to Thrivent’s Lutheran Members. I can see no reason they should not also be reinstated, given that what they do is in many ways indistinguishable from the life-issues education I provide in my congregation, and as many other congregations are also providing on a regular and ongoing basis (all receiving Thrivent funds, by the way!) As Rev. Matthew Harrison stated, “the LCMS and every one of its entities and congregations are both pro-life and nonprofit, so we certainly hope that Thrivent will continue to support such pro-life, nonprofit organizations.” There are a few other organizations that have yet to be reinstated. I hope it’s only a matter of time before they too can receive Thrivent funding. According to my information, they are:

  • CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage County, Downers Grove, IL
  • Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater, Chesapeake, VA
  • Harbor Lights Pregnancy and Information Center, East Tawas, MI
  • Pregnancy Assistance Center North, Conroe, TX
  • Pregnancy Care Center, Fresno, CA
  • Pregnancy Support Center, Canton, OH
  • Sanctity of Human Life Network, Fair Oaks, CA

The Triune God whom all Thrivent Members confess in the Apostles’ Creed is pro-life. Full stop. It is our privilege as God’s people to imitate Him in serving our neighbors in order to promote and protect life. I hope you will continue in this positive direction. This is my ongoing prayer. Thank you.

Sincerely, Rev. Michael Schuermann

 


 

This is an open letter. Feel free to use it yourself to send to Thrivent CEO Brad Hewitt and the Thrivent Board of Directors. Thrivent is listening to Thrivent Members. Thrivent Members, make your voices heard.

Brad Hewitt, CEO Thrivent Financial
625 Fourth Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1624

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.

Comments

Great Stuff — Thrivent Reinstates Funding to Crisis Pregnancy Centers – An Open Letter — 2 Comments

  1. “The faithful organizations that provide education about life and bioethics issues should be reinstated. These organizations are doing faithful, Christian work. They are providing resources to men, women, and children – Christian or not – in times of great need. These organizations are:
    Lutherans for Life, Nevada, IA
    WELS Lutherans for Life, West Allis, WI
    Christian Life Resources, Richfield, WI (and their affiliates, including in Saginaw, MI and Columbus, OH)”

    I am not sure I would include Christian Life Resources on that list.
    From what its National Director has communicated, on behalf of his organisation, the organisation is more than fine with not receiving funding from Thrivent.

    It seems, that the major concern this organisation has with regards to Thrivent, and certainly its National Director, is that Planned Parenthood and NARAL should be reinstated to receive funding and endorsement from Thrivent – and that Christians should abstain from encouraging allegedly Lutheran organisations to which they belong to not take part in and endorse the slaughter on the unborn …

  2. Seems to me that this sad episode demonstrates that there is a continuing need for an LCMS connected fraternal life insurance beneficent life insurance company to serve our needs and to follow a biblical agenda. Those life-supporting organizations that have been quietly reinstated could just as quietly be un-reinstated tomorrow. AAL anyone?

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