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The Religion & Repro Learning Center is an online venue for education, analysis, strategy development, and interdisciplinary resources to equip religious leaders, scholars, and social activists in support of reproductive freedom.
This innovative Learning Center brings into conversation leading experts in religion, justice movements, and a cross-section of academic disciplines, including history, law, ethics, and medicine, to help frame the learning.
Everyone! Setting itself apart from some of our past educational initiatives, the Religion & Repro Learning Center has been crafted with the broader public in mind. While those in the fields of activism, ministry, academia, and healthcare will find materials that empower their work, anyone with an interest in learning more about these topics is welcome and encouraged to make use of the Learning Center.
For those who want to work for a society of justice and compassion—this is our fight.
The fight for reproductive freedom, human dignity, and justice requires justice advocates to be educated, equipped, and prepared. We must be:
- Educated about the implications of religiously-framed oppressive tactics used historically
- Equipped with the skills needed to cultivate a more just and compassionate society
- Prepared to engage in effective allyships, partnerships, and collaborations needed for social transformation
~ We will officially launch in early 2021~
Adoption Industry: Hidden Narratives
There are 8,000 adoption programs and agencies in the U.S. Attackers of reproductive freedom often urge that adoption is a preferable alternative to abortion. Yet, there are behind-the-scenes realities of adoption that run counter to reproductive freedom, often never discussed or glossed over at best.
Is the Prochoice Religious Community a Sleeping Giant?
For more than 30 years, polling data has indicated that between 60-70% of Christians support the right to choose. However, legislative trends reflect the opposite.
After the Roe v. Wade decision, 14 multi-faith denominations established RCRC. At the same time, the presence of conservative factions within progressive religious denominations has grown and made many denominational leaders have become reticent to speak out. Is there a critical mass of people of faith who have not yet been activated? If so, how to explore possible strategies to engage them?
Pregnancy Shaming in Religion and Culture
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 4.00pm EST
Pregnancy shaming. It was done to Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the ancient biblical story. It is done today to countless individuals when they are pregnant and unmarried, have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to full-term, choose not to have children, or choose to become pregnant or parent in ways that do not comply with prescribed religious or cultural expectations.
Join RCRC as we have a conversation among clergywomen Brandee Mimitzraiem, Shannon Sullivan, and Cari Jackson, with Katey Zeh as moderator, as they share their own stories of pregnancy-related shaming.
Abortion Wars Post-Roe
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 4.00pm EST
While the issue of abortion has been debated in the U.S. across the centuries, not until the 1970s and 1980s did it take on a religiously polarizing approach. Not until these past four decades have religious groups developed anti-abortion beliefs into a formidable political movement that includes withholding tax dollars for reproductive health care, stalking and even killing opponents, and seeking elected office on anti-abortion campaigns.
Join RCRC, Mary Ziegler, and Gill Frank as we explore how the anti-abortion movement was shaped and what progressive religious communities and individuals can and should do now.
History of Religion and Reproductive Ecosystem
Understand the evolution of the religious, medical, legislative and social ecosystem of reproductive healthcare and the holistic strategies needed for effective advocacy today.
Expand your knowledge about diverse religious traditions, practices, and beliefs and their impact on decision-making of those who can become pregnant, along with institutions who seek to control all aspects of reproduction.
Compassionate Care for Reproductive Decisions and Loss
Strengthen skills to provide compassionate care for individuals facing reproductive decisions and losses in keeping with their (and not the care provider’s) values, resources and life experiences, and faith traditions.
Cultivating Compassionate Communities
Develop strategies to cultivate allyships for systemic change work across spiritual, workplace, school, or neighborhood communities.