The Abolitionist New  
Vol. 1, No. 12
December 2013
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Ancient Celestial Announcement Offers Freedom For All Mankind
St. Luke 
     In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.

     All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.


     He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.


     And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.


     In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.


     Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.


     But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see-- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger."


     And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"


Editor's Note: St. Luke was a physician, author and missionary who accompanied St. Paul during part of his ministry. His two best-known books are the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles. Church tradition states that St. Luke died at age 84, while living in Greece.

A Few Articles That Can Be Read Rapidly

     The last few days before Christmas are hectic--last minute shopping, first minute shopping, malls, crowds--hardly the idyllic scene described by Clement Moore.    
     Below are a few articles you can read between shopping trips or as you relax at day's end. 

EPF Requests AG Not To Seek The Death Penalty

     The Episcopal Peace Fellowship's National Executive Council petitioned U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on December 2 to not seek the death penalty for alleged "Boston Marathon Bomber" Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.


     EPF Chair Rev. Will Wauters reminded the Attorney General, who is an Episcopalian, of the church's longstanding opposition to the death by quoting the 1958 resolution, still in effect today: "the General Convention of the Episcopal Church opposes capital punishment on a theological basis that the life of an individual is of infinite worth in the sight of Almighty God, and the taking of such a human life falls within the providence of Almighty God and not within the right of man."
     The EPF letter assured the AG that in no way the organization endorse or support the cowardly acts that resulted in the death and maiming of Americans. However, seeking to execute Tsarnaev can only be viewed as vengeance, not atonement. "This is neither an accepted rationale in this country," stated Rev. Wauters, "nor in the Kingdom of God."
     The full text of the NEC's letter can be read at Letter To AG Holder.
     The U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts is slated to make her recommendation to the Attorney General on whether to seek the death penalty within a few days. Pray for AG Holder, who has the final decision on whether to seek the death penalty for Tsarnaev, to make his decision based on the Gospels.
O God, whose nature and property is ever to have mercy and to forgive; 
Receive our humble petitions
and though we be tied and bound with the chain of our sins, yet let
the pitifulness of thy great mercy loose us;
for the honor of Jesus Christ, our Mediator and Advocate. Amen