Rev. Susan Chorley Speaks at SFBC in February, 2017
Rev. Susan Chorley will share her own story as a mother who has had an abortion when she speaks at Seattle First Baptist at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22. An ordained Baptist minister, Rev. Chorley has long connections with SFBC - she was a Companis Worker and a youth worker here. She is the co-founder of Exhale, an organization that addresses the emotional health and wellbeing of women and men after abortion by providing and promoting emotional support across a dynamic landscape of private and public spaces, online and offline.
Susan, who recently shared her story in Parents Magazine, will speak about the experience of her family (son Franz and ex-husband Frank) and their feelings of being abandoned and shamed. She leads a movement beyond politics to share the stories of those who have had this experience in the hope that people will “feel they can bring their whole selves to church.”
Rev. Chorley recently spoke at First Baptist Church in Salt Lake City. Pastor Curtis Price had these comments:
"Rev. Chorley’s honest reflection and willingness to be vulnerable is a testament to her faith and to how much she believes that the church can and will be a place where women can turn to receive love, support, nurture and acceptance for women who have had abortions. She calls us in the church to live into our highest ideals by demonstrating to us what grace looks like and how it has been her salvation, but also how the church has, at times, failed to be there when needed the most. Susan’s gift for preaching and powerful message make a lasting impact on anyone who comes to hear what the spirit is saying through her."
More information about Exhale is available at their website: https://exhaleprovoice.org
Another personal story...
Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, the current Senior Minister at The Riverside Church in New York City, also shared a personal story about abortion recently. The following link is to a commentary she wrote that was published in USA Today: