Melanie Bui Larsen
Director of Communications and Outreach
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2021
RCRC Announces the Election of Bishop John Selders as Chair of the Board of Directors
(Washington, DC) – Statement by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC):
The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice today announced the election of Bishop John Selders as Chair of its Board of Directors. Selders joined the RCRC board in 2014 and previously served as Vice-Chair from 2015-2017.
Bishop John Selders is an ordained minister serving in the United Church of Christ, the organizing Pastor of Amistad Church of Christ (Hartford, CT), former Associate College Chaplain and currently Assistant Dean of Students of Trinity College (Hartford, CT), and one of the leaders of Moral Monday CT.
“I am deeply honored to be elected as Chair of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice,” said Selders. “RCRC is uniquely positioned to bring the moral force of religion and spirituality to the work of reproductive freedom in this critical moment. I look forward to strengthening our partnerships with faith-based and secular organizations as we work together for the dignity, compassion, and bodily autonomy of every person. I also look forward to working with closely with Rev. Katey Zeh, our CEO, as well as our committed Board of Directors.”
“As we prepare for a Supreme Court challenge to abortion care this fall, I’m deeply grateful to Bishop Selders for his leadership, expertise, and commitment to the work of intersectional justice,” said Rev. Katey Zeh. “I look forward to the ways that RCRC will continue to grow into our work of meeting the spiritual needs of those who provide and those who access reproductive health care, as well providing the spiritual literacy and skills, faith-based organizing, and theological resources our movement needs to advance reproductive freedom and dignity for all people.”
The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) is a broad-based, national, interfaith movement that brings the moral force of religion to protect and advance reproductive health, choice, rights and justice through education, prophetic witness, pastoral presence and advocacy.
RCRC values and promotes religious liberty which upholds the human and constitutional rights of all people to exercise their conscience to make their own reproductive health decisions without shame and stigma. RCRC challenges systems of oppression and seeks to remove the multiple barriers that impede individuals, especially those in marginalized communities, in accessing comprehensive reproductive health care with respect and dignity.