Anglicans for Life

Anglicans for Life is a Christ-centered ministry that provides educational and pastoral resources to churches in the Anglican Communion, to help them bear witness to the sanctity of life.

AFL Positions

Abortion

Anglicans for Life believes that human beings are created in the image of God and that life begins at conception. Therefore, Anglicans for Life rejects abortion.

Contraception

Anglicans for Life does not have an official position on the issue of contraception. We encourage women and couples to prayerfully research and employ healthy and safe family planning methods.

Euthanasia

Because God alone numbers our days, AFL believes it’s always wrong to hasten death via euthanasia or assisted suicide. Death should happen naturally & be neither artificially prolonged nor ended.

Stem-Cells

Anglicans for Life is in favor of research using non-embryonic stem cells because, while it is important to advance medical science, embryonic stem cell research kills living embryos.

Partial-Birth Abortion

Anglicans for Life strongly opposes partial birth abortion, as it not only ends a helpless life, but does so in a particularly cruel, disgusting, and violent way.

Post-Abortion Care

Healing and forgiveness comes through Jesus Christ for all sins, including abortion. People suffering from physical, emotional, and spiritual trauma after abortion can experience God’s grace in their lives.

Death Penalty

AFL does not have an official position on the issue of the Capital Punishment. We mourn with families who have suffered and turn to God to redeem the souls of those waiting punishment.

Adoption

As children of God, we come into God’s family through adoption. Therefore, as God’s adopted children, AFL supports and affirms adopted children, adoptive parents, and birth parents.

Stand With Us

  • Bishop Guernsey
  • Archbishop Beach
  • Bishop Bena
  • Canon Lumanog
  • Canon Ashey

Our History

A fl's ministry to help the Church uphold the sacredness of life began informally in 1966 and was officially incorporated in 1983, as the National Organization of Episcopalians for Life Research and Education Foundation (NOEL) with Church Chapters formed nationwide.

In 2003, in partnership with Priests for Life, NOEL launched the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, an international Campaign to educate the public that abortion physically, emotionally, and spiritually hurts women, men, and others who are involved.

In 2005, the NOEL Board of Directors adopted a Declaration of Life Statement, which later served as the basis for the ACNA s Title II, Canon 8, Section 3 Statement on the sanctity of life. In 2006, the ministry’s name was changed to Anglicans for Life as our outreach expanded to the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Anglicans for Life is headquartered in Sewickley, PA and has earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating its commitment to financial transparency. Anglicans for Life has also been designated an eligible charity for the Combined Federal Campaign (Agency #22932) for government employees.

Our Staff

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Georgette Forney

President, AFL

Georgette Forney is in her 18th year as President of Anglicans for Life, the only global Anglican ministry dedicated to inspiring the Anglican Church to fulfill Scripture’s mandate to protect the vulnerable, defend the fatherless, and plead for the widow. Georgette lives in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, with her husband of over 30 years. Their daughter Rebekah designs accessories in Brooklyn, NY. Georgette was ordained June 29, 2014 as a Permanent Vocational Deacon in the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy of the Anglican Church in North America.

She is also the co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the physical, spiritual, and emotional harm abortion does to women and to let those who are hurting from abortion know help is available. Georgette had an abortion at age sixteen and later experienced healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation after going through an abortion recovery program. Through that she developed a greater understanding of the negative impact abortion has on women and the need to highlight the issue as an abortion survivor.

Deacon Georgette also authored Embrace the Journey, an 8-week adult-education program DVD series on aging and dying. Embrace the Journey addresses the difficult issues that elderly, terminally ill and disabled people face, recognizing that as patients or family members, being prepared to address their special needs is helpful and critical in today’s culture.

She has spoken at many CPC banquets, pro-life conferences, conventions, churches, rallies, and university and college campuses. In addition, she has addressed the Pro-Life Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives concerning abortion and women and gave testimony at the Senate Commerce sub-committee on Science, Technology and Space Hearing, regarding the impact of abortion on women’s health. Georgette has spoken at the SPUC Annual Conference in England, Princeton University’s Organization of Women Leaders Conference and in Australia and New Zealand. She has done numerous print, radio, and television interviews for local, syndicated, and national shows, papers, and magazines.

In her spare time, Georgette loves her Hip Hop dance classes and can be found bicycling to work when weather permits!

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Robin Ferguson

Administrator

Robin joined the AFL team with a varied background in library and information science, literature, and history. Outside of work, she enjoys singing in her church choir, cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers, reading a good book, cooking, and going on hiking adventures. She also keeps very busy chasing around her 13 (and counting) nieces and nephews. She has been married to her husband Scott since June 2015.

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Rose McChesney

Marketing Director

Rose started working at Anglicans for Life as the Marketing Director in 2016, after over a decade of marketing experience ranging from small to large organizations and both nonprofit and for-profit businesses, as well as starting her own marketing consulting business. She grew up on a small dairy farm in Western PA and remains very close to her parents, siblings, and many nieces and nephews. Rose’s hobbies include a wide variety of DIY efforts around home, furniture painting, spending time with family and friends, and drinking coffee.

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Darlene Ilnicki

Bookkeeper

Darlene started with Anglicans for Life as a volunteer, when she helped with the mailings. Then, in 2008, she became the Bookkeeper. Darlene and her husband have been married for 42 years and live near Sewickley, Pennsylvania. They have four grown sons, three granddaughters, and one grandson. She loves to spend time with her children and grandchildren, and she and her husband are avid walkers. Darlene is also a self-proclaimed “Big-time Pens fan.”

Board of Directors

Mr. Greg Plizga

Chair

Rev. David R. Bickel

Vice Chair

Mrs. Marianne Finnie

Secretary

The Rev. Ron McKeon

Treasurer

Very Rev. Robert Munday

Mrs. Carrie Boren-Headington

Rev. W. Ross Blackburn, PhD

Mrs. Kathleen Sweet

Rt. Rev. Derek Jones

Ms. Mary Ailes

The Rev. Cathie Young


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