RCRCs Pastoral Care Training prepares clergy to compassionately listen to and support women and girls as they confront reproductive issues in their lives.
This training strengthens ministers’ ability to help individual women and girls explore their consciences as they come to their own independent decisions about these highly personal and complex matters.
These issues include:
- Sex and sexuality
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Forms of reproductive loss such as stillbirth, miscarriage and giving a baby up for adoption.
Reasons for this Training
Pastoral care training allows ministers of various faiths to bring their hearts and their minds to defending reproductive health, rights and justice.
Protecting women’s reproductive choices requires not just vibrant secular movements and strategies, It calls for progressive religious communities bringing moral conviction and theology to the cause.
Knowing how to support women and girls spiritually through their reproductive decision-making adds powerful insight and authority to pastors’ activism on these issues.
This program is one of several at RCRC that build strong, visible and strategic networks of religious leaders committed to reproductive health, rights and justice in their congregations, communities and local statehouses.
Representing progressive religious views remains crucial around the country, because religious conservatives continue working to restrict abortion access and other aspects of reproductive freedom. Even the landmark 2016 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt has not brought a stop to this.