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August 16, 2010

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August 16, 2010

I have been involved with Faith Aloud for 7 years now. I have watched the organization grow to become nationally recognized through grassroots efforts, largely led by Executive Director- Reverend Rebecca Turner. Faith Aloud (previously Missouri Relgious Coalition for Reproductive Choice), for years, has been seeking ways to give voice to the challenging (and infrequently discussed) issues surrounding sexuality and religion. They have done this through religious counseling, educational services, community outreach, and political activism. As an organization they have provided a safe place to discuss difficult issues within the context of faith. They have struggled to provide support for women and their families who have made the difficult decision to have an abortion. They have provided education in the form of clergy-created literature and videos offering support as well as information on what different relgions really say about a woman's right to choose. Faith Aloud is a unique voice in the crowd- offering something so greatly needed and so rarely offered- a supportive voice for reproductive issues grounded in faith. Until working with Faith Aloud, I thought it was impossible to find a church that shared my view on God and politics. Not only have I seen witnessed this organization helping others, but through my work with Faith Aloud- I have reclaimed my faith and come to understand that my politics are supported by my religion.

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

my role as a student leader, volunteer, and donor.

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

seeing the evidence of the work they do and experiencing it with the people that are involved with this organization.

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

OUTSTANDING!

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

change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 16, 2010

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August 16, 2010

Everyday I get to see the impact Faith Aloud has made in helping the clients I serve explore the spiritual and ethical components of the reproductive and sexual decisions the clients make. Without Faith Aloud, my clients would likely only be inundated with misinformation by other spiritual leaders who believe there is only path to God (or heaven, or goodness, or peace, or to whatever path the individual aspires). So many other spiritual leaders teach that only a "certain" type of woman obtains reproductive health services. Through the work of Faith Aloud, my hope is finally we may show the whole world that, indeed, GOOD women choose abortion. In addition to the invaluable service Faith Aloud provides to individual clients, I can not speak highly enough of the services this organization provides to the health care providers ourselves. Through in-services, one-on-one teaching, and numerous resources at our disposal, Faith Aloud teaches us how to better serve our clients; and for that, I am eternally grateful. Thank you, Faith Aloud, for making me a better nurse. To Faith Aloud: Thank you for helping women, helping providers, and helping the world.

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

Many of my clients who have needed to clarify their own spiritual beliefs regarding a choice whether to end a pregnancy have received help through Faith Aloud resources. Some then decide to end the pregnancy, some continue. Either way, it is beautiful.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 16, 2010

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August 16, 2010

Faith Aloud is an awesome organization. Since working with and for them I have received so many emails, phone calls and messages about how much their work impacts people all over the company. So many people never hear positive messages about religion and sexuality but Faith Aloud is working hard to change that. Through their counseling programs and youth and Young Professionals groups they have helped educate and motivate so many different people from every walk of life. I believe that what this country needs is more of Faith Aloud.

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

so many ways. I have seen people gain acceptance where they thought they would never find any. I have witnessed first hand the thanks of women who have received counseling and other assistance from Faith Aloud.

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

they way everything works together and the way Faith Aloud is not afraid to take on really big issues.

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

amazing. There couldn't be a better staff and group of volunteers.

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

change the world and help to end the oppression of patriarchy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 15, 2010

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August 15, 2010

I greatly enjoyed my volunteer time at Faith Aloud. I was able to participate in many events which were both educational and inspirational. The people associated with Faith Aloud are compassionate and always eager to help a good cause. I learned a lot during my time there and have been inspired to become more involved in issues like religious freedom and reproductive justice.

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

I have seen many young people as well as adults become educated on issues which they were aware of but had not previously understood. This organization has welcomed participation of a diverse group of people and encouraged them in their pursuits.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 13, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 13, 2010

Faith Aloud has been a tremendous help to me in my experience counseling patients. I have a Christian background, but do not identify as a Christian, so it can be difficult for me to convey what is so eloquently, kindly and respectfully communicated in the Faith Aloud DVD. I love the little card, too, because of the scripture on the back: "Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ." Women need to hear this message who are having spiritual conflict with their decision to have an abortion. These may be things they have heard before, but not in the context of an abortion experience. It is acknowledging what they are going through, validating them as women who deserve respect and love, and giving them permission to feel the Lord's presence every step of the way. If they have this message to hold onto throughout their healing process, it can affect them positively for years to come.

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

My workplace.

Ways to make it better...

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

There aren't any perceivable changes to be made, as far as I can tell.

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

the effect it's had on the women I serve, and how it has improved my abilities as a counselor.

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

I have never met anyone from Faith Aloud.

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

spread their message to more women in need of spiritual comfort and encouragement, and to change the hearts/minds of Christians who are judgmental of women having abortions.

Ways to make it better...

couldn't be better!

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

probably financial. I would imagine that a large part of the Christian community would not be supportive of Faith Aloud. It is hard to stay affloat when you are a not for

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 13, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 13, 2010

Faith Aloud has produced great resources for the abortion care community in a short amount of time. I have seen patients watching their videos with tears streaming down their faces. One woman said, "This is exactly what I needed." Faith Aloud has created the missing link for a great number of women for whom spirituality and religion is important. The affirmation they offer has a huge impact on individuals and how they cope before, after and during an abortion. I have also given substantial amounts of money to Faith Aloud and they have been most frugal and productive with the moneys they receive. They seem to be good stewards of the funds they have and also make good use of volunteers. They are also remarkable in their use of social media and the latest technology.

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

I have used Faith Aloud materials in my clinic and also promoted them to other independent providers through the Abortion Care Network.

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

Their ability to respond to needs quickly and innovatively. Ex: their rapid response to 40 Days of Life campaign against providers.

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

Smart, enthusiastice, diverse.

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

Make a real dent in taking back the moral high ground in the Abortion War.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 11, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 11, 2010

This organization has displayed great courage and creative strategies in responding to the needs of women seeking good information about their reproductive choices, as well as offering those women shelter, compassion, and protection in a climate where making certain choices can stigmatize them. They are a group of very committed religious leaders whose theological posistions are consistent with longstanding traditions, and who are able to offer new words to counter the more intolerant voices within their faith traditions.

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

many ways. Their Executive Director is one of the most competent organizers I have ever met.

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

seek funds to increase their ability to use developing technologies to saturate the marketplace of ideas with their message.

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

the difference we make in the political, religious, and personal arenas.

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

Rebecca Turner, Cindy Bumb, Rabbi Susan Talve, Rabbi Dan Plotkin

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

effect long lasting political change and bring compassion to many women.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to give to them.

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

fundamentalism and intolerance.

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

The people with whom I serve in this organization are among the most passionate, courageous, and committed anywhere.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 10, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
August 10, 2010

I'm a consultant who works with abortion clinics across the country. In my work I train counselors and medical staff and have found the Faith Aloud materials incredibly valuable. Staff get to work through their own religious and spiritual issues while helping women in their clinics do the same. The DVD that Rebecca Turner created for patients is one of the most powerful counseling tools available to abortion providers. I strongly support this organization and their work.

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

Training materials for abortion clinic staff; the use of their DVD when counseling patients in abortion facilities; and using Faith Aloud materials when I speak to university students.

Ways to make it better...

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

See them generously funded so this group can move forward with all its plans.

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

the quality of training materials and heartfelt desire to reduce the stigma surrounding abortion.

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

High energy and deeply committed to their mission. There is a wonderful diversity among this group - in age, gender, ethnicity, and religious background. Each wants desperately to eliminate stigma surrounding abortion.

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

work to shift the media's portrayal of abortion the way GLAAD has shifted the perceptions of gay people; train clergy across the country to supportively counsel women concerning abortion; provide information and training to divinity and clergy students.

Ways to make it better...

Faith Aloud had the kind of funding it deserves. Shifting the culture surrounding abortion in the world is no easy task - it requires many committed people and adequate funding to make real progress.

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

maintaining and building a national presence. There are numerous individuals and organizations linked to Faith Aloud - yet few are able to provide the financial support required to sustain the organizations goals.

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

Rebecca Turner is tenacious. She has weathered huge drops in funding and loss of Faith Aloud's office and continues to push forward in her work. Her effort to counteract the impact of anti-abortion protesters is positively remarkable.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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