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Hawaii Right to Life to host Family Life Issues Conference
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 12322 Views :: Life

by Dave DeCleene

Hawaii Right To Life - Hilo Chapter is planning a Family Life Issues Conference. The conference is to be held Friday 6/26/09 6:30pm until 9:30pm, and Saturday 6/27/09 from 10am until 5:00pm at the Saint Joseph Gym in Hilo.

The purpose of this conference, which will be entirely funded by Hawaii Right To Life - Hilo Chapter, is to build an ecumenical network to link together for the purpose of a unified front in response to legislation that may be introduced that opposes traditional, Constitutional, moral Judeo-Christian principles.

The three-fold purpose of this conference:

1) To build a coalition of pro-life individuals on the Big Island and across the state to act in concert for life issues

2) To provide education and materials promoting life issues

3) To initiate an ecumenical movement wherein churches can work together

For this conference I have invited three nationally-known leaders: Joseph Scheidler and his wife Ann, Bobby Schindler, and Pastor Walter Hoye and his wife Lori. Their websites and biographies are listed below. In addition, several individuals from Right To Life in Honolulu and the Pearson Foundation will also be giving presentations, as well as nurses and hospice workers. The conference will consist of speakers, question & answer periods, and booths containing information on organizations here and around the country. Also, there will be a performance by students from Christian Liberty High School of their original play, Sanctity of Life.

Keynote Speakers:

Joe Scheidler and wife Ann

Bobby Schindler

Pastor Walter Hoye and wife Lori

Other activities:

* Ann Scheidler workshop on sidewalk counseling

* Other workshops on post-abortion counseling, end-of-life issues, ministering to those at risk, and others to be determined

* display booths & materials

* Sanctity of Life (original drama presentation)

* youth essay winners from the Big Island

* showings of prolife films & the Terri Schiavo story

* Ecumenical fellowship

About Joe Scheidler - Pro-Life Action League

Joseph M. Scheidler is National Director of the Pro-Life Action League, a national pro-life educational and activist organization headquartered in Chicago. The League is dedicated to saving lives through activism and to bringing the abortion issue to the public via the media. It has been said that Joseph Scheidler defined pro-life direct action. Joe Scheidler was called the Green Beret of the pro-life movement by syndicated columnist Patrick Buchanan. His book on his methods of fighting abortion, CLOSED: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion, was updated in 1993, and he has produced the videos Meet the Abortion Providers and Abortion: The Inside Story, featuring former abortionists who are now telling the truth about what goes on in the abortion clinics. Joe also produced the definitive video on sidewalk counseling, No Greater Joy, and Face the Truth, an 11-minute video on a unique, highly visible pro-life demonstration using large graphic abortion posters to bring the truth about abortion to the American public. To celebrate the League's 25th Anniversary, Joe produced the video, Action Speaks Louder Than Words, a chronicle of the Pro-Life Action League's activities and the importance of pro-life activism. Joe Scheidler is a stimulating and controversial guest on radio and TV interviews and talk shows and has appeared on more than a thousand programs including: ABC News Nightline, Donahue, Crossfire, Face the Nation, Good Morning America, MacNeil/Lehrer Report, The O'Reilly Factor and others. He has written many guest columns for newspapers such as USA Today and The Wanderer and has published articles in several national publications. Joe is a dynamic speaker on the moral dimensions of the abortion issue and the effectiveness of direct action. Nationwide, he has spoken in more than 1000 towns and cities since 1980 and has conducted on-site workshops and lectures in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, and Italy.

About Bobby Schindler - Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation

Before his sister Terri Schiavo's death, Bobby Schindler was an average citizen. He taught math and science in a Catholic high school in Tampa, FL. He had moved to Florida from his native Pennsylvania in order to stay close to his family: his parents, his sister, Suzanne and his older sister, Theresa or Terri. The Schindler family was always very close and the relationship between Bobby and Terri was exceptionally strong. Since his sister's death on March 31, 2005, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed by court order, Bobby left his teaching position and as spokesman for the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation, travels across the country, appearing in numerous speaking engagements, devoting himself to protecting other people with disabilities and raising public awareness about the growing threat of euthanasia. Terri sustained serious brain damage in an unexplained collapse in February, 1990, that left her incapacitated. In the years to follow as the Schindler family battled her husband, Michael Schiavo in the courts to keep Terri alive, Bobby became the family spokesman. He addressed the nation through countless television, radio and print media interviews---the mainstream media which misreported the situation and was "less than sympathetic." As the urgency of Terri's situation grew, so did Bobby's efforts. After the feeding tube was removed from Terri, (March 18, 2005) at Woodside Hospice where she had been for five years - although not terminal - Bobby traveled to Washington to personally intercede with members of Congress to try to save his sister's life. Through his unique experience, Bobby illustrates the inadequacy of our nation's justice system and its diminishing respect for vulnerable human life. He speaks sincerely and plainly, with no agenda other than to honor the memory of his sister and to share his concerns and desire for a more compassionate society. Bobby's message is not just about Terri Schiavo, it is about the future of the country.

About Walter B. Hoye II - Issues4Life Foundation

Walter B. Hoye II is both President and Founder of the Issues4life Foundation. God used the premature birth (six months, 2.1 pounds) of his son to teach him that the fetus is a person, a living, breathing human being. As a young man Walter played football at Michigan State University where he graduated with a master's degree in sociology in 1980. In 1983 he graduated from the United States International University, now Alliant International University, with a master's degree in business administration. Currently, he is the Executive Elder of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church of Berkeley, where Dr. Earl C. Stuckey, Sr. is Pastor. Walter is responsible for preaching, teaching, community relations and assisting the Pastor in leadership development. Walter annually competes in the San Francisco Marathon, enjoys martial arts training in Tae Kwon Do and Wing Chun and catches an NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB game whenever he can. As author of the book, Leadership from the INSIDE Out, Walter is in demand as a speaker and consultant. To read Walter's book online click here. To read Walter's commentary on issues facing the pro-life community click here. Walter is the father of two adult children. He and his wife, Lori, live in Union City, California.

Currently, he is the Executive Elder of the Progressive Missionary Baptist Church of Berkeley, where Dr. Earl C. Stuckey, Sr. is Pastor.

To read Walter's book online click here.

To read Walter's commentary on issues facing the pro-life community click here



Hawaii Right to Life - Hilo Chapter is hosting this conference

Friday, 6/26/09 from 6:30 pm until 9:30pm, and Saturday,

6/27/09 from 10am until 5:00pm at St. Joseph School Gym.


5:00-6:30 registration (browse displays & short videos)

6:30- 7:30 Keynote Talk #1: Pastor Walter Hoye

8:00-9:00 Keynote Talk #2: Bobby Schindler


8:00 - 9:30 : Complimentary breakfast for pastors and guest speakers

9:00 -10:00: Booth/Table displays and registration for workshops

Workshops 10:00-10:50

#1 Ann Scheidler on Sidewalk Counseling

#2 Jackie Mishler on Advanced Directives

#3 Pastor Robb Finberg on Getting out the Prolife Message in Schools

#4 Bobby Schindler on Helping Families Fight for those Who Cannot Fight for Themselves

Workshops 11:00-11:50

#1 Joe Scheidler on Effective Communication and Dealing with the Media

#2 Jackie Mishler & Dr. Ruth Matsuura on Physician Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia

#3 Linda Johnason on Post Abortion Counseling-How to Help men and women that are hurting

#4 Eva Andrade Hawaii Legislative Update and How to Communicate with your Legislators

Workshops 1:00-1:50

#1 Ann Scheidler on Sidewalk Counseling

#2 Jackie Mishler on Advanced Directives

#3 Chris Garcia on Fetal Development for Presentation in the Public School System

#4 Walter Yoshimitzu on Respect Life Committees within the Church

Workshops 2:00-2:50

#1 Joe Scheidler on Why It is Important to Use Graphic Images

#2 Jackie Mishler & Dr. Ruth Matsuura on Physician Assisted Suicide & Euthanasia

#3 Lori and Walter Hoye on Civil Disobedience and the Principles of Nonviolence

#4 Robb Finberg- A Pastor discusses your questions about issues in Healthcare

4:00 - 5:00 Keynote Talk #3 (closing): Joe Scheidler

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