The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Life Ministry is devoted to upholding the sanctity of human life, both in our church body and the culture at large. We are actively involved in a variety of domestic and international programs to support and encourage life “in the image of God.”
By supporting women and children through crisis pregnancy centers, providing educational materials and opportunities, reaching out to youth through a Christian chastity program, and working closely with allies such as National Lutherans For Life and the National Pro-Life Religious Council, Life Ministries is carrying the banner that life is sacred.
2015 LCMS Life Conference Audio Presentations
Life Ministry presents audio presentations from our 2015 LCMS Life Conference in Washington, D.C. Hear presentations by speakers, including LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison and National Right to Life Committee President Carol Tobias.
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Infertility Ethics Symposium for Pastors, Seminarians, Commissioned Ministers and Parish Nurses
Life Ministry and the Concordia Seminary Life Team started the conversation about the weighty issue of infertility ethics at a one-day symposium on Nov. 8, 2014, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed herein are exclusively those of the authors, presenters and other contributors and do not necessarily reflect those of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
A Compilation of Presentations from the Intertility Ethics Symposium
- The LCMS and Infertility Ethics — by Rev. Peter J. Brock
- Be Fruitful and Multiply: Fertility Ethics in Light of Creation and Redemption — by Rev. William M. Cwirla
- Pastoral Care for Those Experiencing Infertility and Miscarriages — by Rev. Christopher S. Esget
- In Vitro Fertilization: From Created to Creator — by Rev. Dr. James I. Lamb
- A Survey of Reproductive Counseling Practices in the Lutheran Church — by Rev. Kevin Voss
- Embryo Adoption: Helping or Hurting My Neighbor — by Dr. Robert W. Weise
Adoption Advocacy in the LCMS
In 1996, the Commission on Theology and Church Relations addressed adoption in the context of practices such as artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization. While the gift of procreation is a profound and beautiful testimony to the blessedness of marriage and reveals one of marriage’s most fundamental purposes, marital goodness is not limited by procreation. Where procreation is not possible, many couples choose to adopt a child into their family and, regardless of intention, also reflect the divine love that leads God to adopt us as His own (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:5).
New resource from the LCMS Sanctity of Life Committee:
Mercy at Life’s End: A Guide for Laity and Their Pastors — By John T. Pless
About the booklet: Family members who must make end of life care decisions for their loved ones are faced with many questions and struggles. In Mercy at Life’s End: A Guide for Laity and Their Pastors, Rev. John T. Pless addresses those questions and provides comfort to those making difficult decisions.
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LCMS responds to birth control mandate
In response to President Obama's recent announcement about an "accommodation" to a previous mandate that health plans must cover all forms of birth control, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), says the church remains “deeply concerned.” The LCMS strongly objects to birth control that can work post-conception to cause the death of a developing child.
Learn more about how LCMS is responding, watch President Harrison’s video, read articles and more on our information page at: www.lcms.org/HHSMandate
Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen Confusion; So … Now What?
- Feb. 4, 2012
An opinion by Maggie Karner, Director, LCMS Life and Health Ministries, and Ed Szeto, Special Projects Coordinator, LCMS Life Ministries.Download
LCMS Life Ministries strives to achieve the following goals:
- To share biblical teaching regarding the sanctity of all human life, with a clear Law and Gospel approach, according to the confessional witness of our church.
- To build an awareness about sanctity of life concerns throughout all stages of life, including abortion, euthanasia, care of the developmentally disabled, chastity, education, medical research, adoption and family life.
- To educate about the consequences of abortion, and encourage the spiritual, emotional and physical care of those experiencing post-abortion syndrome.
- To provide accessible information to lay people, clergy and the media regarding life issues.
- To serve as a resource to congregations and districts who seek to address pro-life concerns in their unique local and state contexts.
- To provide encouragement and support for social ministry agencies as these organizations care for those facing sanctity of life decisions.
For need immediate help, or to ask questions regarding difficult life concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can learn more about Life Ministries by subscribing to our electronic newsletter, Notes for Life.