Author and President of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Russell Moore, will be the keynote speaker at the 23rd annual Rose Day Pro-Life Rally at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wed., Feb. 5.
“Moore, who has put action behind his pro-life convictions by adopting children, is one of the most articulate, compelling pro-life spokesmen in the nation,” said Anthony L. Jordan, executive director-treasurer for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO).
The rally begins at 11:45 a.m. in the Oklahoma State Capitol House Chambers. Participants will present roses from 9:30-11:30 a.m. as a symbol of the sanctity of life to their state legislators. Rose distribution will continue throughout the day. Registration and sponsoring organizations will be available in the fourth and second floor rotunda until the conclusion of the rally.
The 70-voice Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Chorus will set the stage for the Rose Day program at 11:40 a.m. in the House Chambers by singing “My Mother’s Love“ by Tom Shelton of New Hope, Pa., assistant professor of Sacred Music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J.
Along with Moore’s speech, Gov. Mary Fallin, Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb and many pro-life legislators are expected to be in attendance and recognized during the rally for their support and commitment to life.
Also, Tony Kennedy, President of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, an affiliate of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, will provide the invocation prayer.
“Whether Baptist, Catholic or of another faith background, Rose Day participants will want to take part in this important event and signify their own stance for life by presenting their elected officials with a rose,” said Jordan.
Rose Day is sponsored by a faith-based Rose Day Planning Committee and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). Organizations, churches and individuals are encouraged to take part in the day’s activities.
“Each year, hundreds gather at the Capitol at the beginning of the new legislative session to promote and support the lives of unborn babies by meeting with their state senators and representatives and presenting them red roses, which represent the sanctity of the unborn,” said Heidi Wilburn, Rose Day coordinator for the BGCO. “Attendees are encouraged to present roses to their representative, senator, Lieutenant Governor and Governor. Roses will not be provided.
“Invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to join you. Your voice is important and influential regarding these issues. When Christians do not speak up, legislators believe we are content with the outcome of their decisions. We are overwhelmingly blessed to live in a nation where our voice matters; take part in the political process. We look forward to seeing everyone there.”
For more information, visit www.bgco.org/RoseDay.