A coalition of church leaders from across Buffalo are being encouraged to attend a meeting hosted by the Reverend William Gillison at Mt Olive Baptist Church on September 10. In a unique display of unity, a diverse group of 12 Church network leaders are asking pastors from the city of Buffalo and the surrounding region to attend a forum to discuss strategies on how to push back on New York’s now nationally infamous abortion expansion bill signed by Gov. Cuomo earlier this year. The signatories on the invitation include Bishop Malone of the Buffalo Diocese, Rev Juan Carlos Rivera of the Assembly of Christian Churches, Rev. Mike Failla of Eight Days of Hope and Kingdom Bound Ministries, Rev Jerry Gillis of the Chapel, and many others.  They state in their letter:

While these latest developments may be ‘political’ in nature, they cut to the heart of the moral truth of God’s Word that affirms that all men and women are made in the image of God at conception.

Buffalo Church Leaders

On September 10 at Mt. Olive Baptist Church on 701 E. Delevan Street in Buffalo at 12:00 P.M. the area church leaders will be revealing their commitment and plan to push back against abortion which they insist is a great social injustice. The campaign is designed to sound the alarm among all the communities in Buffalo from the Black and Hispanic, urban to suburban, Catholic to Protestant. According to New York State vital statistics, 37% of all black pregnancies in Buffalo end in abortion.

“This reality is unacceptable and needs to change. We cannot rely on government to change it for us. This is a God-sized problem that requires God’s people to step up.”

Rev. William Gillison

The group holds that abortion is having a devastating impact on the ability of our communities to flourish.

It all comes down to our unwillingness as a society to protect the personhood of certainly the Black and Hispanic boys and girls, but all preborn babies. It represents the same root problem that permitted the enslavement of Blacks in the U.S.—refusing to acknowledge the personhood and therefore the ‘inalienable’ rights of the black man. That is exactly what the Supreme Court did in their erroneous abortion ruling, Roe vs Wade. And it is decimating our people. In 1787 we asked, ‘AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER?’ and we overcame. The time has come for all believers in Buffalo to raise our voice for the future of all people and ask, “Am I Not a Child?”

Rev. William Gillison

The following is an excerpt of the personhood statement that the Buffalo church leaders will be asked to consider signing:  

A person is an organism with unique human DNA governing his or her own maturation from conception to natural death.… Redefining personhood is arbitrary at best and mercenary at worst. The black community understands well what happens when a small group of people decides to force their narrow definition of personhood upon society: slavery and death. Abortion represents one small group of people deciding that boys and girls in the womb are not people.

Join your fellow church leaders by signing the personhood statement.

This is not a political issue. This is a human one. If we fail to protect the personhood of all humans at every stage of maturity then we are all slaves to the whims of another man’s agenda. May God help us overcome this inhumanity.

Father Art Ward