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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.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Review from Guidestar

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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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.

Review from Guidestar

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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.

Review from Guidestar

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar