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    Abortion: From debate to dialogue


    Event  Announcement

    A training session on how to establish a dialogue on this important matter.

    For More Information Contact:

    Michael Hernandez

    (818) 263-9881

    [email protected]

    St. Sebastian Catholic Church hosts Justice For All Pro-Life Seminar Sat., Sept. 5

    SANTA PAULA—Catherine Wurts,  a full-time Pro-Life Advocate since 2009, is leading the Justice For All interactive seminar entitled “Abortion: From Debate to Dialogue” on Saturday, September 5th from 8:30-3:30 p.m. at the St. Sebastian Catholic Church Parish Center, 235 N. Ninth Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060.  The interactive seminar is free and includes snacks and pizza lunch.

    Justice For All is based out of Wichita, Kansas–the state facing the loss of federal funding for Medicaid as retribution for defunding Planned Parenthood at the state level—has an administrative staff of four and a training/speaking/mentoring staff of 11, including Wurts, a Justice For All training specialist.

    The seminar teaches participants how “to be a good ambassador for Christ.”   Participants will learn how to create dialogue on abortion and give good reasons for the pro-life position.  The goal of the seminar is to help individuals “feel competent enough to start a dialogue with someone who disagrees with you about abortion.”  Seminar participants will be equipped to do campus outreach at colleges and public schools where they will become volunteers “turning the debate about abortion into a dialogue” through polling (“should abortion remain legal?”) and Justice For All exhibit materials.

    Wurts, is a graduate of California State University Northridge with a bachelor of arts in deaf studies and worked as a sign language interpreter for the Ventura Unified School District from 2002-2008.  Catherine now is a support-based staff member for Justice For All in Witchita, Kansas.  Her passion is mentoring youth to seek and share truth with love “Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven” (Psalm 85:11).

    Justice For All focuses on love and truth and utilizing three essential skills;

    • Ask Questions (with an open heart)
    • Listen (to understand)
    • Find Common Ground (when possible) on moral and legal issues.

    Half of the women who have had abortions in the United States say that they have had more than one abortion.  For this reason Justice For All exhibits show graphic photographs of the results of abortion. 

    “We have found that one way to balance love for both the child and the parents is to share the truth about abortion with photos, but the context of dialogue.  As caring ambassadors, we walk alongside those who are hurting from abortion.”

    Justice For All founder David Lee, began working in the pro-life movement in 1993 and the organization officially began in 1998.   The Christian organization utilizes a museum quality exhibit that is two stories high (40 feet x 20 feet) as well as an 8-foot version of the same exhibit that it takes to college campuses.

    California campuses that have been visited by Justice For All include Fresno State University and Fresno Community College (a campus outreach is being held Aug. 31-Sept. 1st), Pasadena City College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Los Angeles, and the University of California San Diego.

    “We utilize faith in practice” said Paul Kulas, Justice For All operations manager, “We focus on both seminars (seat work) and outreach (feet work) at college campuses.  We have from 1,000-2,500 people attend a seminar each year with half of these people engaged in campus outreach following the seminar.”

    Those wishing to register for the St. Sebastian pro-life seminar are asked to go to or call Eva Heath at (316) 683-6426.

    Local Catholic pro-life advocates are running the training event as a prelude to the Defenders of Life 40 Day Prayer Vigil running from Wednesday, Sept. 23 to Sunday, November 1st.  Churches and institutions participating include: St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Ojai; St. Francis, Fillmore; St. Thomas Aquinas College, Santa Paula; St. Sebastian, Santa Paula; Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Paula and Oxnard;  Sacred Heart, Ventura; Our Lady of Assumption, Ventura; Buena Ventura Mission; and Santa Clara, Oxnard.



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