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Meet Karen Pennington – Colorado’s New State Director

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I am thrilled to introduce you to Karen Pennington, Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) new Colorado State Director. She first engaged with CWA in the late 1980s while attending a Colorado Prayer/Action Chapter as a young mother. In 2020, after becoming very concerned about the country and the lack of conservative female voices and intentional prayer in Colorado, Karen started a Prayer/Action Chapter to address the seven CWA core issues.

 

Karen is known for regularly speaking out at the county school board meetings on issues such as equity education, critical race theory, and charter schools. She recently rolled out a plan for churches that is a collaboration between local pregnancy centers and churches. It offers education to teens, women, and men suffering from unplanned pregnancy,  compromised sexual health, and past pregnancy decisions. Its purpose is to provide an opportunity to move to abundant life as described in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

 

Karen currently teaches as an affiliate professor for Regis University School of Nursing and Colorado Christian University Department of Nursing.

 

A note from Karen:

 

“I have come to understand more fully that prayer is a weapon we need to utilize more effectively to fight spiritual battles. With God’s grace and wisdom, I will bring a voice for Christian conservative women in public policy through CWA in Colorado and offer a Biblical perspective on current issues in the state’s political climate.”

 

A little bit more about Karen: She has spent the last 47 years in the medical field as an RN. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Nursing Outcomes and a Ph.D. in Nursing Research and Philosophy of Science from the University of Colorado. She recently retired from Regis University-Denver, School of Nursing, after16 years as a Professor and Interim Dean of the School of Nursing. Karen resides in Parker, Colorado with her husband, Stephen.

 

Tanya Ditty
Vice President of Field Operations|
Concerned Women for America

 

PS: Seek the Lord and ask if He is calling you to join CWA and its movement to impact the culture for Christ through education and public policy. Contact Karen at [email protected] or at 303-903-5283. She would love to talk with you, answer your questions, and get you involved in Colorado.

Roe vs. Wade is Overturned! CWA of Colorado Responds

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2022

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Karen Pennington (303)-903-5283

 

 

Concerned Women for America of Colorado
Applauds the SCOTUS Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade 

 

Parker, Colorado – Colorado stands ready to welcome women and unborn children. Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Colorado calls on our citizens, members of the Colorado Legislature, and the Executive Branch to strongly support a culture of life that protects all. 

 

CWA of Colorado State Director Karen Pennington, speaking for Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, has this to say concerning the Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision:

 

“The Supreme Court has finally overturned Roe. Thank you, Justices, for your tireless work on behalf of women and unborn children. Over 60 million unborn baby deaths later, the Court has finally recognized that states are free to protect life in the womb.

 

“It is up to us, the people of Colorado, to do our part. We must now work tirelessly to elect legislators and a governor who support the culture of life. Colorado now must stand ready to welcome women and unborn children by providing the support necessary for their wellbeing.

 

“The Dobbs decision will allow the citizens of Colorado to debate and discuss this issue with their state legislators. Decisions about abortion going forward will be made by Coloradoans, not by judges. That is something worth celebrating!”

 

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Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee is the legislation and advocacy arm of Concerned Women for America, the Nation’s largest public policy organization for women; we are dedicated to promoting Biblical values and Constitutional principles. More information is available at ConcernedWomen.org.

Two New Prayer/Action Chapters Starting in Colorado!

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(Do you, or someone you know, live in District 4 of Colorado? Either way, please read on.)

Hello, we are two new Concerned Women for America (CWA) Prayer/Action Chapter Leaders in Colorado. We are excited to announce that our Prayer/Action Chapter kickoff meetings will be held next month.

No doubt you are as concerned as we are about what is going on in our cities and our nation these days. That is why we are involved with CWA and why we would like to invite you to join one of our kickoff meetings next month. We will get to know each other, spend time discussing CWA’s core issues, and have a time of focused prayer.

Here are the Details:

District 4 Kickoff Zoom Meeting:
(District 4 includes Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Elbert, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Otero, Phillips, Prowers, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma counties. The district also includes portions of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Douglas, and Weld counties.)
Date: Tuesday, June 1
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Zoom (Details will be provided upon registration.)
RSVP: Please RSVP by Sunday, May 30.
Contact: Karen Pennington at [email protected] or 303-903-5283.
Flyer: Click here to view. Feel free to print and distribute liberally.
 
Douglas County In-person Kickoff Meeting:
Date: Thursday, June 10
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Castle Rock, Colorado (Meeting location will be provided upon registration.)
RSVP: Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 8.
Contact: Contact Linda English at [email protected] or 713-447-0551.
Flyer: Click here to view. Feel free to print and distribute liberally.

Make plans now to attend one of these new chapter meetings and be sure to invite a friend!

We hope you can join us at one of our kickoff meetings! We look forward to hearing from you.

If you do not live in District 4 of Colorado or would like to start an in-person meeting in another county within District 4 other than Douglas, we would like to give you information on how to start a chapter. Please contact CWA’s national office today.

Karen Pennington
District 4 Prayer/Action Chapter Leader
Concerned Women for America
[email protected]
303-903-5283

Linda English
Douglas County Prayer/Action Chapter Leader
Concerned Women for America
[email protected]
713-447-0551

Of Bakes and Stakes

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By Mario Diaz, Esq., Legal Counsel 

The next step in the marginalization of Christian beliefs has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. As I write to you, I am knee-deep, as they say, in the writing of our amicus (friend of the court) brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. This is the case you have heard so much about, in which a Christian baker is being forced to use his artistic talents to celebrate same-sex “marriage.”

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for us to remain in constant prayer over this. The stakes are as high as ever, and we need to call on God’s mercy over us.

I think you are all aware of the general facts of the case. Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, operates his business according to his Christian convictions (closing on Sundays and such). Therefore, he does not create cakes that celebrate events or ideas that violate those convictions — no cakes for Halloween, anti-American ideas, atheism, racism, or indecency. This also includes any cakes celebrating marriage as something other than God’s model, between one man and one woman.

Two men, Craig and Mullins, wanted Jack to design a custom cake for their “same-sex wedding,” and when he politely declined, they filed “sexual orientation” discrimination charges with the Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Commission found that Jack violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act (CADA).

He has now appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

What you might not know about this ghastly case is the remedy the Commission imposed on Jack, which the courts, in turn, upheld. It ordered him to 1) create the custom cakes celebrating “same-sex weddings,” if he is going to create cakes for traditional marriage, 2) to train his staff to do the same (meaning he must now, effectively, proselytize to his employees on the topic), and 3) to report to the Commission every order he declines for any reason for the next two years.

That is some scary, Gestapo-like law enforcement persecution of Christians we are witnessing. And it will only intensify if a case like this is left to stand.

The case involves both freedom of speech, as Jack is being compelled by the government to use his artistic expression against his will, and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment, as he is required to violate his religious beliefs under threat of law.

It is an undisputed fact that CADA does not impose the same pressure on other cake artists to promote unwelcomed messages. In fact (and I know this is hard to believe), the Commission has exempted three secular cake artists from any violation after they refused to create cakes that opposed “same-sex marriage” for a Christian client.

That’s right. According to the Colorado “Gestapo” Commission, you can refuse to create a cake that opposes “same-sex marriage,” but you absolutely cannot refuse to create a cake to celebrate a “same-sex wedding.”

The courts below tried to obfuscate this obvious discrimination against Christians by saying that it is all about the actual design of the cake, since Jack did not design the cake before refusing to serve the same-sex couple. But that is simply preposterous. I confess, it would be amusing to see the federal courts turned into the “Next Great Baking Show,” where they just spend their time judging on the most offensive cake designs, but this is just not the purpose of our legal system.

The Commission argues that CADA does not ban “an African-American cake artist from refusing to create a cake promoting white-supremacism for the Aryan Nation.” Well, according to their arguments against Jack, it depends on the design of the cake the white supremacists want, regardless of whether or not it will be used as the centerpiece for their white supremacist rally.

What a joke.

Sisters and brothers in Christ, we must pray. What we are witnessing is the sort of darkening of the heart and mind that the Bible describes for us in Romans 1:21-22 and Ephesians 4:17-18.

That is why, even as I do my very best to express the best argument I can on this legal brief, my most cherished and trusted weapons are your prayers. Let them rise like the morning sun every day from now until the glorious day of His return. For this case specifically and beyond.

 

 

 

 

Lakewood CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Celebrates 30 Years!

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(Note as you read this, whether you are close enough to attend this Chapter or not, Chapters like this meet all around the country.  You can start one, too, by contacting the national office at 202-488-7000 or [email protected].)

Lakewood CWA Chapter of Concerned Women for America (CWA) continues to meet regularly after 30 years.  Actually, it might as well be called the Pauline Bostron Chapter, as Pauline was the organizer, hostess and educator of the group for most of those years.

Pauline passed away on January 22 of this year at the age of 91.  Her love of God and this nation, which He so graciously allowed her to be born into, were the driving forces behind a life of educating Christian women, her children and grandchildren in the hope that the America she was given would continue to bless those in the next generations.

Lakewood ChapterLeft to right.  Front row – Pauline Bostron, Debbie Rush.  Standing – Janet Simpson, Ethel Dasis, LaVerna MacManus, MaryAnn Bruno, Lynn Callison and Mildred Stephan (missing: Carolyn Scarboro).

Over 25 years ago, Mary Ann Bruno became the official CWA Prayer/Action Chapter Leader.  Her strong prayer focus has been a tremendous blessing.  Choosing a timely devotional or faith-building book and reading a chapter at a time over several months has been our key ingredient to any victory of which we have been a part.  She continues to direct us to do all things with prayer and faith in our Savior Jesus Christ.

The meetings are always full of lively discussions; each lady brings an item of political or social interest as they have concern; the discussion often leads to stronger positions that can be articulated in each member’s circles of influence.  When it seems useful, letters are drafted and sent under the signatures of Chapter members.  Books, book titles, and opportunities to attend Christian and political events are shared.  Congressmen, state senators and representatives and leaders of organizations have come to visit Chapter meetings and shared issues, concerns and prayer with the group.

The group recently attended a Voice of the Martyrs event held in Denver.  They have attended the pro-life event at the State Capitol as a group several times; a member of the group served as a CWA lobbyist at the state legislature many years ago, and a number of political and Christian activities have been attended and participated in by members of this Chapter over the years.  Chapter members have served as Precinct Committee Women and District Captains and organized voter registration events and candidate and issue forums at their respective churches.

The Pauline Bostron Chapter of Concerned Women for America meets, generally, on the first Saturday of every month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  This is a Chapter for those who believe that prayer changes things and are interested in discussing the political and social agenda of our city, state and country Lively discussion is an energizer and a concern for our nation requires you to do something.  As this Chapter ages, there is much to share with the upcoming generation. Call Mary Ann Bruno, (303)239-8293 if you are interested in attending their next meeting.  You will be glad you did!