The May issue of Vine and Branches from Rachel's Vineyard is now online. Eve Tushnet included excerpts on her blog on Monday.
The newsletter reports that 38 retreats are scheduled during May and June, fourteen of them by new retreat teams. Their fourth annual national conference is in Oklahoma City from June 24-29.
I was glad to see that they have added a post-abortive man to their list of email counselors:
"John is 45. He and his wife live with two of their children in Virginia, and their oldest son is in the United States Marine Corps. He is a regional vice president of service within the office products industry. John and his wife have been married for 25 years. They had an abortion together 28 years ago in 1975. After 25 years of silence between them about their abortion experience (not one word of it spoken for 25 years), John dared to break the silence after seeing a notice for a Rachel's Vineyard retreat. They discovered a shared desire to break the silence and to seek understanding of why. Together, they experienced the healing Grace of God's reconciling love for them and felt the love between them grow in the truth and fullness of acknowledged life. Today, they share a vocation together in post-abortion ministry."