Speak, act, change

When you do wake up it's such a gift, you have to act. Helen Prejean, CSJ
I had the honor of hearing Sr. Helen Prejean speak today. She was at my parish as part of a speaker series entitled A Year of Prayer: Living a Faith That Does Justice. In case you don't know Sr. Prejean: she has worked tirelessly for years to abolish the death penalty; the 1995 film Dead Man Walking is based on her book of the same name.

Sr. Prejean was incredibly articulate and uproariously funny. To hear her tell her story forces you to recognize that we are all responsible for acting when we see an unjustice, no matter what that injustice might be.

There is certainly injustice in adoption, and since adoptions are happening and will continue to happen for a long time, so will the injustices, unless we speak out and take action. And in my opinion, adoptive parents have a particular responsibility to do so.

Which makes the Adoption Ethics and Accountability Conference in Washington, DC October 15th and 16th timely. The conference speaker roster includes some of the best-known people in the adoption community - but don't think it's a conference for professionals only. This conference is for everyone who cares about truth and ethics in adoption.

Yes, it's expensive, and like any other conference may be out of the reach of some. But there are ways to make it happen. Register for one day - or register for two and alternate with a friend. Share a hotel room. Or just bite the bullet and pay it all off in the coming year.

I'll be there, as will many of my blogging friends, like Suz and Claud, and other bloggers I respect, like Jae-Ran. I've been asked to join a panel on post-adoption support, too, not as a blogger but as the co-founder of Korean Focus, bringing the point of view of grassroot adoptive family organizations.

A conference like this one, which focuses on framing problems and finding ways to fix them, is rare. Don't miss this opportunity to add your voice to the others seeking ethical, just adoptions. As Sr. Prejean said today,
It's relentless dialog on issues of justice, and then things change.

Comments

Lisa V said…
Hey I heard her Friday and Saturday! I love her, it's the third time I've seen her. What a great inspirational woman!
Dawn said…
I'm so sad I can't be there. Really. It's KILLING me!!! I can't wait to get your report when you come back!!!!
suz said…
tick tick tick. the days are approaching! i am so excited. it will be so good to see you again1
Jen said…
I would be very interested to hear some of your ideas on post-adoption support. My husband and I are not quite to the "post" part, but I suspect support is harder to find and I keep telling myself that this may be an area in which I could one day help others.
Margie said…
Thank you for your opinion, Dudley, as you are entitled to it - as I am to mine. As my blog focuses on adoption, and is not a sounding ground for pro- or anti-death penalty advocates, I have deleted your comment. I suspect you have your own website and are free to post your opinions there.

I do not believe the law always serves justice - just because something is legal doesn't mean it's right. I judge the death penalty on moral grounds, not legal, and find it highly immoral. I applaud Sr. Prejean for her willingness to speak out for the lives of the guilty, a position that is clearly not as popular as the far simpler "eye for an eye," or the belief that because the death penalty is legal in some states that it must be morally acceptable.

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