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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Family Counseling, Health, Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations, Religion, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

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.

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Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

John218

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked on the Board of FA for almost ten years. Their commitment to the cause of reproductive choice is admirable. The organization is fiercely dedicated to maintaing the political infrastructure necessary to protect a woman's right to choose. These religious leaders are passionate, articulate, and courageous. They have a network of support for women who struggle with their choices, who seek counseling in times of stress and crisis. Their presence is highly valued by women who are accompanied into clinics while being threatened by anti-choice bullies, when testifying before congressional hearings and committees, or when speaking in public or to the media about a woman's right to choose. I am a proud member of this fine organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with Faith Aloud's Executive Director for nearly a decade and I believe strongly in Faith Aloud's fills a valuable role in society-- Faith Aloud has given voice to women's religious dignity at a time when much of the morality conversation is about shaming women.

There is no question that this organization's lean operating model allows the most good to be done for women and families. In fact, the Faith Aloud team mobilizes volunteers effectively to serve women all over the United States and even internationally. The creative use of technology allows a Board of members from all over the country-- I am in South Florida-- to work together to support our shared beliefs and common mission.

Women need Faith Aloud. There is no question in my mind.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In the past year or so, Faith Aloud has grown exponentially and has increased its impact so that it serves women nationally. This isn't a "national organization" in name only-- in the past year, Faith Aloud truly has supported women in nearly every state (and even other countries!), reached out to clergy in a spectrum of denominations, and supports clinic staff who will, in turn, serve thousands of women.

Even though I moved geographically far from the Faith Aloud headquarters, I am informed, involved and my passion for Faith Aloud's mission has not waned. One of the many things Faith Aloud manages well is communications on a tech-savvy and personal level.

In every way, Faith Aloud is a professional, outstanding nonprofit organization and the leader in its field.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a prior abortion clinic counselor I always felt confident when referring women to Faith Aloud for further support. They stand by their love for women and create a safe, nonjudgmental space for them to share their stories and grow.

Board Member

Rating: 5

While Faith Aloud's stated mission is to eliminate the religious stigma of abortion--the work and reach of the organization is so much greater. As an inter-faith voice that validates all reproductive choices, Faith Aloud embodies all that is great about the reproductive justice movement. It seeks intersections, makes connections and tirelessly promotes the idea that it is possible to trust women and trust families. Despite a challenging economic climate, Faith Aloud is doing great work, and I'm proud to be involved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of Faith Aloud for several years--first as an intern, later as a staff member, and now as a board member. Over the years I have seen the organization grow in strength and support while holding true to its core values. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work and support a variety of other non-profit organizations, and can say without a doubt that Faith Aloud is among the 'best of the best.'

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Faith Aloud is doing groundbreaking work on the issue of abortion by providing excellent spiritual counseling materials for women and by combatting violence and harrassment with mesages of peace. FA shows that people of faith get abortions and that people of faith suport reproductive rights.

kelli.b.whitman

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer counselor for Faith Aloud for several years. I speak to women who need to be reassured that God is still with them, even as they wrestle with making a decision about abortion, or as they continue to process that decision. Most of the women I have spoken to end our conversation by thanking me for listening and praying with them. A woman I spoke with just last week said, "Thanks for reminding me that God hasn't abandoned me. I guess I always knew that, but I really needed to be reminded right now." I am grateful that Faith Aloud and their volunteer counselors are available to women like this who need to be reminded that God loves them.

Lynn25

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Faith Aloud is an innovative, cutting edge reproductive justice organization that recognizes the important role of religion and prayer for women in their reproductive lives. Its strengths include a willingness to listen to women's actual experiences and to then represent those experiences in their education and advocacy work. Faith Aloud tackles hard, intersectional issues and gives voice to people dedicated to compassion, respect, and support for women and families. It is vital that organizations devoted to ensuring women's rights and dignity exist not only in the Northeast and West coast but also throughout the nation. Faith Aloud does national work but, very importantly, does it from Missouri and informed by the grassroots. They are an exceptional group and deserve support for their excellent work.

Pat_9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Faith Aloud is so valuable in providing compassionate and caring info to women and girls making reproductive decisions. One of the few positives in this world full of negatives. For all the positive messages and daily inspiration, thank you Faith Aloud and Rev. Rebecca Turner! We've needed this kind of compassion and caring for women for a very long time.

Brian32

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As I one time board member who has worked with Rev. Rebecca Turner, and more recently as a person who turns to Faith Aloud as a resource and occasional serves as a phone counselor, I have the utmost admiration for her ministry/service and this fine organization. Faith Aloud offers a progressive, inclusive and relevant religious voice to the issues of women's sexual and reproductive health, women's freedom to choose if and when to have children and raise a family, and a variety of related rights issues from choice to lgbt concerns. Consistent, supportive and encouraging at every turn, Faith Aloud and Rev. Turner are voices of conviction in a time of great need. They support women in the midst of perhaps the worst days of their lives, and lobby to protect the freedoms and choices that women count on but perhaps don't think about until it's too late and that need has been pressed upon them. The speak a voice for interfaith inclusion, for women in leadership roles, and they honor all people, insisting on fair and equal treatment for all.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you so, so much for having this here. I was once in the horrifying position of being a Christian teen faced with the chance of an unwanted pregnancy. I felt so terrified, I didn't know what to do, I didn't know who to turn to, and I certainly didn't feel as though I could pray about it. Eventually the pregnancy terminated itself, but even then I stayed silent. My family, pastor, and friends never learned my secret.// I never want another woman to have to go through that choking fear and feel as though she has no where to go, and you people at Faith Aloud are helping that more then you know. You should be a staple in every clinic. What you do is wonderful, and something that I believe warms Jesus Christ's heart. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I wish nothing but love and wellness for this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Seileach C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Kelly2345678910111213

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Faith Aloud is a wonderfully diverse faith-based organization that helps indivduals and providers with fantastic resources for women. The message of acceptance and self-determination is universal.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Faith Aloud provides an affirming, faith-based voice, counseling women who have had or are considering abortion. If it were not for this organization, many women would not have access to an alternative perspective from the faith community that states that they are children of God, no matter what, and that there is nothing that can separate them from the love of God (Romans). As a counselor, pastor, and mother of three daughters, I would not hesitate to refer anyone to this service. They offer guidance, not decisions, and reflect the great commandment -- to love God and to love neighbor.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a board member for Faith Aloud, as I was for its predecessor (Missouri Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice). Faith Aloud provides counseling services and support for women who are making difficult reproductive choices. Faith Aloud is comprised of people from all faith traditions who support reproductive choices. I have worked extensively with its executive director, the Rev. Rebecca Turner, who sensitively and passionately advocates for women.

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5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

FA is a refreshing approach to faith/ethical education/services. E.D. skilled in collaborative programming and highly respected by agencies and legislators. I write as former E.D. under Missouri RCRC also chair of national board. FA offers comprehensive smart approach to range of shared concerns. I'm hugely proud of their young achievements!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was a board member with Faith Aloud, during my years the MO Religous Coalition for Reproductive Choice, for four years or so, After attending trainings as an all-options counselor around helping women deal with concerns around unexpected or unwanted pregnancies, I answered and responded by phone to women who wanted to discuss faith and their desires to choose an abortion as the sensible path given their current circumstance. Executive Director Rebecca Turner and her staff did a consistantly superior job of providing educational training, support and guidance as needs arose. The program to recognize heroes in the Choice Movement, those committed to protecting the reproductive health and rights of women, and to stand with women who chose to exercise their right to an abortion found me donning my collar to stand silently with and on behalf of women, often carrying a sign that said "pro-faith, pro-family, pro-choice," or a similar sentiment. Faith Aloud addresses the hurting women's need in our communities, who because of the loud voices of the religious right (which is neither), assume that there are no supportive folk in the faith community. By honoring these women's stories, and standing in solidarity with them, those of us who believe that God's love and justice requires our graceful presence at the side of the hurting and the "least of these" while many on the other side of the discussion choose to scream and call them names, proved a profound and faith shaping exercise for me. I apprecate Rev. Turner's leadership, and that of Faith Aloud. They remind us to speak up and out about our convictions, to not be silent while so many rage like the wind. Women on the front lines of the war over reproductive rights need allies, support and encouragement, and I'm proud to have played a role in the work of Faith Aloud on their behalf.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

081810 Yesterday's Board of Directors meeting was the most professional, efficacious, and kindly environment for any board meeting i've experienced to-date. What a privilege to be within this healthy learning and work environment! great kudos to Faith Aloud!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Faith Aloud helps people who are in spiritual turmoil find peace that releases them from the drain of guilt and shame when choosing to abort a problem pregnancy. Their writings, phone counseling, and videos are a powerful comfort and strength in the midst of anti-abortion bombardment when women are making a major life decision to end a pregnancy. When patients come to The Hope Clinic for Women, where I work, and are assailed by loud, judgmental protesters as they walk in to the clinic, Faith Aloud materials salve the wounds and strengthen people's faith in a God of love and mercy. I've seen these materials make the difference between a patient having a distressing, painful abortion and one that is physically more bearable due to their sense of spiritual peace.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

You made me see that the decision to carry s pregnancy to delivery can be a very difficult one, and that a woman has to live with the results of that decision for the rest of her life. She also makes that decision based on her hopes and dreams, that unfortunately don't always work out the way she had planned. I feel this organization offers counseling to help girls make informed choices based on their individual situation. Keep up the good work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that works with the clergy of all faiths to provide counseling to women regarding reproductive choices. They are honest, sincere, and promote no religious agenda: just one of openness and honesty.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Faith Aloud is an organization I am proud to refer my patients to. Finally, the support so many women are looking for is available through wonderful pro-choices clergy members. I am delighted to talk about Faith Aloud with my patients and give them literature and refer as necessary. Rev Turner has worked tirelessly to promote well-being and reduce stigma. The materials offered are incredibly helpful and conversation provoking in counseling sessions.

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Former staff

Rating: 5

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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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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