Faith Aloud

Rating: 4.9 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Health, Philanthropy, Religion, Reproductive Rights

Location: P.O. Box 430070 St. Louis MO 63143 USA

Mission: Faith Aloud works to overcome the religious stigma of abortion and sexuality.
Results: In 2011 we have trained over 350 clergy, seminarians, clinic staff, and activists in Spiritual Care Before and After Abortion. We have produced and distributed posters and other media materials that honor a woman's strength to make good decisions.
Geographic areas served: United States
Programs: Training in Spiritual Care Before and After Abortion for clergy, seminarians, clinic staff, medical professionals, and activists. Free telephone clergy counseling for women before or after abortion. Media materials that celebrate women's strength and decision-making.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Faith Aloud is a professional, compassionate, and ethical presence of justice in the world. The dedication they show to women around the world is reflective of the passion they have for reproductive justice and the empowerment of women.

Faith Aloud works tirelessly in the community, developing ethical and compassionate leaders of tomorrow.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the impact Faith Aloud has had in the community. Faith Aloud is becoming more and more evident in the area and is respected by clergy and clients alike. Without Faith Aloud, many women would feel as though they have nowhere to turn.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change absolutely nothing. The only disappointment with this organization is that it is not receiving the funding it deserves for all of its hard work and endless dedication to women everywhere.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Absolutely nothing. They are caring, compassionate, and helpful

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It put my life into perspective in a way I had never experienced before. It really practices what it preaches, showing unconditional compassion and love to all people.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Amazing. It has challenged me and helped me grow into a more whole individual.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Faith Aloud is a dynamic organization responding to the spiritual needs of women, clinics, activists, and the pro-choice at large with a message sorely missing, that the experience of an unwanted pregnancy is a deeply spiritual journey that can include peace and acceptance through religious counseling. There is nobody more qualified than Rev. Rebecca Turner for organizing and delivering this message.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through presentations by Rev. Turner and information on their website and social media posts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Amplify the message so more people could access the services provided by Faith Aloud.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Faith Aloud is a wonderful organization that is helping all people to better understand the rights that should be given to all women. Faith Aloud is working to take the socail stigma away off of women that have had abortions. Faith Aloud is working to help women to learn that making a decision for their lives makes them strong not sinful.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Faith Aloud holds training classes to help clergy and other leaders to talk to women before and after abortions. I had the chance to attend one of these classes and was transformed. I learned that women need support and not shame.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

This organization and the work that it does is wonderful and necessary. I would not change a thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Faith Aloud's work for reproductive freedom is very important to me and to the community they serve. By showing that people of faith support women's right to make their own decisions about their health and sexuality, not despite their faith values, but as an integral part of those faith values, Faith Aloud provides a much-needed counterpoint to those who continually and loudly proclaim that women are incapable of moral judgement and their health decisions must be made for them by unsympathetic lawmakers and clergy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen how empowered women of faith feel, by their reactions and feedback at events such as Pro-Choice Lobby Day at the state capitol.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to have more networking between Faith Aloud members in my town(Columbia, MO) and my own NOW chapter plus other local groups.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with Faith Aloud for over 4 years and am honored to be a Board Member for this professional, progressive and compassionate organization. The growth over the last three years has been phenomenal and I am eager to be part of Faith Aloud's continued success as we penetrate new markets with our messaging.

Women are not victims of abortion! We are victims of religious ideology that causes shame and stigma around our sexuality and reproductive choices! One huge mission of Faith Aloud is to eliminate the stigma of abortion by creating what I believe to be a paradigm shift for people of faith. The message is that God loves you, Jesus trusts you, you are empowered to make your own decisions and do not require forgiveness for it! It's all so simple!

We also embrace LGBTQ issues from a faith centered perspective; again with the same messaging: God Loves you, Jesus trusts you, You are empowered and you do not require forgiveness. We DO NOT pray away the gay here at this organization! Quite the opposite - we embrace it!

This is one organization I will support throughout my life in some way - either financially or through volunteer work, time - whatever is needed that I may provide.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

re-creating how I personally talk about abortion, reproductive health and women's issues.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

EXPAND IT! Quadruple the membership and donations, get more messages into the public, have more funds to create video campaigns and other marketing efforts, Get our Executive Director on Rachel Maddox, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and other liberal media outlets.

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Rating: 5 stars  

No arena of privacy rights is so fraught with continued assault than sexual privacy rights by people who believe their sexual ideologies ought to govern all people, from with whom we have sex to how we deal with the consequences of pregnancy and the protection of the lives and well-being of women and their families. Faith Aloud is a premier advocate for such rights, a primary defender of assaults against those rights. I have worked with Rebecca Turner who serves as Executive Director and deeply trust her wisdom and her integrity. I wholly identify with her commitments, and the organizational commitments of Faith Aloud. - Rev. Michael Vosler, UCC, formerly of St. Louis, MO, now of Rohnert Park, CA.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Highly professional, bold and savvy, Faith Aloud is a clear antidote to the idea that all religious people are conservative bigots. They are an inspiring batch of oprganizers.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Faith Aloud is invaluable to those working in the field of reproductive rights. Reverend Turner and her volunteer clergy have made it possible for abortion providers to tackle the religious stigma and patient issues with religion and spirituality. So many of our patients bring up religion as an issue in making their termination decision, and before Faith Aloud came along, counselors and advocates were often at a loss of how to address these tricky conversations. Faith Aloud has a line of online videos & DVD's that women can watch directly and receive the support, compassion and spiritual connection that they were seeking.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have sat and watched the Faith Aloud DVDs with women, and I have witnessed a transformation, the care and concern from this organization has been relayed to the woman.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish Faith Aloud were located in my city!

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8 people found this review helpful

Faith Aloud provides materials for use in reproductive health clinics. These materials have been wanted and needed by clinics for years. We are so grateful to Faith Aloud for bringing their ministry to our clinic - we are able to put in a DVD, and it's as if the minister is sitting right in the room with you and the patient. Their DVD's are unique, they speak directly to the client in a calm, caring manner. I have played the DVD's for many patients, and at the end - patients will say it is exactly what they needed to hear. Faith Aloud DVD's and other materials are invaluable in our clinic - we use them daily.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday dealings with women seeking reproductive care at our clinic. We have their materials and DVD's and YouTube spots directly on our website - many women have mentioned watching the videos and finding comfort in them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have Reverend Turner at my clinic full-time! No other changes needed - this is a great organization.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the personal connection with Reverend Turner - she is truly a blessing!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING, kind, caring & truly compassionate people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

fly Reverend Turner around the country and have her minister to patients in person.

Ways to make it better...

I can find nothing to complain about when it comes to Faith Aloud - they are amazing.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

what most non-profits struggle with, $$.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Faith Aloud has filled a void that was HUGE - we are so grateful for the work that Reverend Turner has done

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering on the board of trustees for Faith Aloud for five years. I have great respect of Faith Aloud and for the work it does. It is changing the landscape of reproductive justice in a badly needed way.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I counsel women who are struggling spiritually with a reproductive choice. Our organization brings hope to their lives and gives them spiritual language that affirms their life situation. We are changing the discourse of abortion one heart at a time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand this organization. Give it a budget of $2.5 million so that it can do the work that is opening up before it. We need to invest in staff so as to expand our programming and outreach. The need for our services is huge.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing it make a real difference in people's lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and energized by their work, and fully embodying our mission and vision.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand into every state and move on every opportunity that is coming its way.

Ways to make it better...

we had the funding to fully staff this organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

responding to the incredible outpouring of response with current staffing levels.

One thing I'd also say is that...

our executive director is fabulous and is the heart and soul of the organization. Her direction, her vision for its future and her ability to motivate and guide volunteers and staff, and to build relationships is incredible.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Faith Aloud is an amazing organization that is doing so much great work out in the community! Finally there is an organization that provides spiritual counseling to women regarding their reproductive rights and options!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen how much Faith Aloud has had an impact on providing patients around the country a number they can call and receive spiritual counseling via phone.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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