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Life is a big deal

8/9/2012 - 8:34 AM PST

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Healing the Culture offers speakers, training and educational tools to build a pro-life culture

SEATTLE, WA (August 9, 2012) - "No big deal."

We hear that all the time ... everywhere ... for just about any reason. "I forgot about that meeting." "I'm sorry I missed your birthday." "I had to work late last night." People from all walks of life, from every faith, shrug off these and a myriad of other things with those three little words ... "no big deal."

Sadly, too many people think that way about human life itself - and that's where HEALING THE CULTURE comes in - a group whose vision is to build a pro-life culture by teaching people the deeper meaning of happiness, quality of life, love and freedom.

Camille Pauley and Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. Ph.D., founded HEALING THE CULTURE because too many people don't realize that being human is special.

"We saw the pressing need to open people's hearts and minds to understanding the life issues in a new way," Pauley said. "We're committed to opening people's eyes to the good news that there really is something special about being human."

HEALING THE CULTURE is unique in the world of pro-life education, and necessary because of its exclusive elements. When it comes to education that inspires respect for life, the organization is at the forefront.

Protecting unborn human life is central to the mission of HEALING THE CULTURE. So is protecting vulnerable people from euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, human cloning, and other destructive practices. "We promote the dignity of human life at all stages,'" Pauley said. "but we do it in a very unique way."

HEALING THE CULTURE provides speakers and resources that address pro-life ethics from a deeply philosophical point of view. Its approach to pro-life education complements traditional Church teaching, but the primary language used is not religious or theological. Instead, it works to change hearts and minds through logic, reason, and inspiration. "We help people learn the deeper meanings of happiness, freedom and quality of life, and motivate them to apply basic principles of reason, ethics and justice to their position on the life issues," said Pauley.

The group also offers conferences, training sessions, and resources for teachers, parents, students, pastors, religious educators, youth group leaders, pro-life organizations, and others.

Later this year, HEALING THE CULTURE will introduce the landmark Principles and Choicesİ high school curriculum across the country. The program has been tested in Catholic schools in the Diocese of Mobile, Ala., and the Archdiocese of Seattle, Wash. Feedback from students proved to be eye opening - literally and figuratively. "I did change my mind on abortion," one student said. "I want the babies to be born, and then to be adopted."

About the Founders

Camille Pauley - In her 20 years as a professional pro-life advocate, Pauley has inspired politicians, judges, lawyers, medical professionals, and church leaders to defend the sanctity of human life. She has trained pre-med students, nurses, business leaders, teachers, and pro-life professionals in the Life Principles curriculum. She has co-produced six video series and authored dozens of articles. She has spoken to tens of thousands of people across North America and Europe, and has been an influential pro-life voice on television, radio, and print media. In addition to co-founding HEALING THE CULTURE and serving as its President, Pauley also is the founder of Being Withİ, a project that trains individuals to provide compassionate visitation to people with debilitating or terminal illnesses or injuries. From 1993 to 2003, Pauley was the Director of Education for Human Life of Washington. During that time, she co-founded the Center for Life Principles with Fr. Spitzer.

Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J. Ph.D. - Father Spitzer is a philosopher, educator, author and former President of Gonzaga University (1998-2009). In addition to co-founding HEALING THE CULTURE and serving as its Board Chairman, he is the founder and President of the Magis Institute for Faith and Reason - an organization dedicated to public education on the relationship among the disciplines of physics, philosophy, reason, and faith. He also is the head of the Ethics and Performance Institute, which delivers web-based ethics education to corporations and individuals. He also is President of the Spitzer Center for Ethical Leadership, which delivers similar curricula to non-profit organizations. Fr. Spitzer has spoken to thousands of audiences, and has provided ethics consulting for more than 300 organizations - including Boeing, Caterpillar, Toyota, Costco, the British Prime Minister's Cabinet, the leadership of Costa Rica, Protestant and Catholic leadership in Northern Ireland, and the Orthodox Church in Russia. Father Spitzer's books include Healing the Culture: A Commonsense Philosophy of Happiness, Freedom, and the Life Issues; Ten Universal Principles: A Brief Philosophy of the Life Issues; and Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life.

Learn more about HEALING THE CULTURE by visiting its website at HEALING THE CULTURE President Camille Pauley is available for live or taped interviews, and to provide commentary on pro-life issues and other related matters. Media should contact The Maximus Group to arrange interviews with Pauley and HEALING THE CULTURE staff whenever they are covering pro-life issues or related cultural topics.

For more information on HEALING THE CULTURE or to schedule interviews with co-founders Camille Pauley and Fr. Robert Spitzer, please contact Alexis Walkenstein (561-445-5409 or email or Tim Lilley (678-990-9032 or email of The Maximus Group.

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