I need to share this, because it’s important to say that there is more to speaking about the evils of organ donation than just fretting here – I really do hope to make a difference to those who cannot speak out, and I am hoping that a letter I have sent today to The Rt Revd James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle, will lead to a change of heart within the church on the subject of organ donation. I say this because a big drive has begun to encourage Christians to make ‘sacrificial offerings’ in becoming organ donors. This from the Daily Mail: (Link)
“Christians will be urged to give blood and donate organs under a motion to go before the Church of England’s general synod.
The move is backed by James Newcome, the Bishop of Carlisle, who wants blood and organ donation to be part of the ‘sacrificial offerings’ which are a Christian duty.
His call comes after the number of organ donors fell for the first time in 11 years and the NHS says it needs more than 200,000 new blood donors to meet current demand.
A motion is to go before the general synod, the highest governing body of the Church of England, which started yesterday.
It is backed by fleshandblood, a group set up to encourage organ and blood donation among Christians.
In a message to the group, Bishop Newcome said the campaign is based on the Christian concept of a ‘sacrificial offering’.
He said: ‘That “sacrificial offering” is usually associated with time, money and gifts. But it applies just as much to the blood that flows in our veins and the organs that are such an intrinsic part of our bodies.
‘Whether it’s the regular donation of blood or registration to become an organ donor, being willing to give ourselves in this way is a significant aspect of our ‘stewardship’ of what we have received.”
I have also written to FleshandBlood, the charity involved, and I will let you know what responses I receive.
God Bless you
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