Two major annual pro-life emphases in Oklahoma Baptists life are drawing near. The 2022 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (Jan. 16) and Rose Day Indoor Pro-Life Rally (Feb. 16) will place an urgent focus on promoting the sanctity of human life, protecting unborn children with the goal to bring legalized abortion to an end.

Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

Oklahoma Baptists have partnered with Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) to create resources for churches to observe the annual Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (SOHLS). The groups have offered multiple church resources including a 2021-22 Pastor’s Preaching Guide/Information Resource, printable bulletin inserts, videos that can be shown during a worship service, testimonies, prayer points, action points, promotional resources and more.

Oklahoma Baptists’ Executive Director-Treasurer-Elect Todd Fisher and OBHC President Greg McNeece, in a joint letter to Oklahoma Baptists, urged pastors and churches to make defending life a priority.

The letter said, “As the 2022 Sanctity of Human Life Sunday nears, we find ourselves in as crucial of a time as ever in the fight against abortion and for the protection of unborn children.

“(We) know you share our biblical conviction that every person is created in the image of God—born and unborn (Gen. 1:27; Psalm 139). As we seek to stand for life in a culture that increasingly devalues life and promotes abortion-on-demand, churches must do all we can to oppose abortion and care for abortion-vulnerable people.

“We ask you to set aside Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, January 16, 2022, as a time to lead your church in standing for life by becoming informed, participating in opportunities to share their life-affirming views with others and in joining the work Oklahoma Baptists are engaged with in pregnancy resource centers and foster care ministry across our state.”

The free SOHLS resources are now online at oklahomabaptists.org/life and obhc.org/sanctity.

Kay James to headline Rose Day 2022

Fisher and McNeece also encouraged churches to participate in the annual Rose Day event, which is set for Feb. 16 inside the Oklahoma State Capitol.

The event each year draws more than a thousand pro-life Oklahomans to the Capitol. Rose Day happens at the beginning of the new legislative session, in order to promote and support the lives of unborn babies. Participants will meet with their state senators and representatives and present them red roses, which represent the sanctity of the unborn. Attendees are encouraged to present roses to their representative, senator, Lieutenant Governor and Governor.

Kay James will be the Rose Day keynote speaker, Feb. 16.

The 2022 Rose Day keynote speaker will be Kay C. James, who has served as the president of The Heritage Foundation, America’s premier conservative think tank, since 2018.

James, who has a distinguished career in government service, has served in a number of leadership capacities. A devout Christian, her experience growing up in poverty with a mother on welfare and an alcoholic father played a profound role in fundamentally shaping her views on the importance of family and religion.

An ardent pro-lifer, James was drawn to the life issue out of a desire to protect society’s most vulnerable. She worked for several pro-life organizations and served as the chief spokesperson for the National Right to Life Committee in the 1980s.

James opened her own crisis pregnancy center and counseled young women against abortion. She was appointed by President Ronald Reagan and then reappointed by President George H.W. Bush to the National Commission on Children, an advisory body on children’s issues.

She also served under President Bush as associate director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and as assistant secretary for public affairs at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Following her time in the George H.W. Bush administration, James was appointed by Virginia Gov. George Allen to serve as Virginia’s secretary of health and human resources. In 2001, she was appointed director of the U. S. Office of Personnel Management by President George W. Bush and led a department of 3,600 employees.

In 2016, a fourth U.S. president turned to her for assistance. President-elect Donald Trump asked her to serve as a senior advisor on his presidential transition team.

She has served on a wide array of boards and commissions. As a commentator, lecturer and policy leader, she appears on numerous national news and talk programs, and her opinion pieces appear in newspapers across the country. James is the author of three books. She is the wife of Charles James, Sr. and the proud mother of three grown children and five grandchildren.

For more than 30 years, Oklahoma Baptists have had a leading role in the planning of Rose Day, which brings together various faith groups and pro-life organizations. For more information, visit roseday.life.