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Matthew Westfox\'s presentation on the Theology of Reproductive Justice. Created by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice to present a sound theological underpinning for our support of ...

Matthew Westfox\'s presentation on the Theology of Reproductive Justice. Created by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice to present a sound theological underpinning for our support of reproductive choice and justic

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  • 1. A Theology of Reproductive Justice Rev. Matthew Westfox Flickr: mharvey75
  • 2. Luke 1:38 “Then Mary said “Here I am, the Servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Flickr: Shanissinha_
  • 3. Goals of this Workshop What is a theology of reproductive justice?
  • 4. Goals of this Workshop What is a theology of reproductive justice? How do reproductive justice issues affect ministry? What is the relevance of reproductive justice to communities and people of faith?
  • 5. Goals of this Workshop What is a theology of reproductive justice? How do reproductive justice issues affect ministry? What is the relevance of reproductive justice to communities and people of faith? What can clergy and religious leaders do, prophetically and pastorally, on behalf of reproductive justice?
  • 6. Introductions • Rev. Matthew Westfox • Ordained Minister, United Church of Christ • Associate Pastor, All Souls Bethlehem Church, Brooklyn, NY • National Coordinator for Field Services, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • 7. Who is with us at this table? Flickr: Andreanna
  • 8. Flickr: Tom Haymas Constructing a Theology of Reproductive Justice What is Reproductive Justice?
  • 9. Reproductive: Health Rights Justice Flickr: dmason, Steve Rhodes, carf
  • 10. Reproductive: Health Rights Justice Flickr: dmason, Steve Rhodes, carf
  • 11. Reproductive: Health Rights Justice Flickr: dmason, Steve Rhodes, carf
  • 12. Flickr: Daniel James Reproductive Justice will be achieved when all people have the economic, social and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about our bodies, sexuality and reproduction for ourselves, our families and our communities in all areas of our lives.
  • 13. HOLISTIC VIEW Flickr: aussiegal
  • 14. Reproductive Justice is: healthy families parenting with dignity determining whether or when to have children healthy pregnancies Flickr: Lawrence Whittemore
  • 15. Reproductive Justice is: healthy families parenting with dignity determining whether or when to have children healthy pregnancies Creating: healthy and safe families and communities Flickr: Lawrence Whittemore
  • 16. Justice, Justice, shalt you seek (Deut. 16:20) The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love (Psalm 33:5) Blessed are they who maintain justice (Psalm 106:3) When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous (Proverbs, 21:15) What does the Lord require of you but to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8) Flickr: ilkin.
  • 17. Moving Beyond “Choice” “Choice” doesn’t always accurately reflect the situations women find themselves in Flickr: inkyhack
  • 18. Moving Beyond “Choice” “Choice” doesn’t always accurately reflect the situations women find themselves in “Choice” too often ignores other factors at work in reproductive decision making. Flickr: inkyhack
  • 19. Moving Beyond “Choice” “Choice” doesn’t always accurately reflect the situations women find themselves in “Choice” too often ignores other factors at work in reproductive decision making. Abortion is the focus, to the detriment of other reproductive issues Flickr: inkyhack
  • 20. Reproductive Justice: Widening Our Focus Broad Understanding of Reproduction: • Abortion • Adoption • Birth control • Parenting in a multiplicity of possible family settings • Infertility treatment • Pre and post natal health care Flickr: lepiaf.geo
  • 21. Reproductive Justice: Widening Our Focus Issues affecting reproductive decision making: • Economic factors • Immigration and documentation status • Religious, social and cultural barriers • Domestic violence Flickr: lepiaf.geo
  • 22. Building a Theology: Where do we start? Flickr: iNyar
  • 23. Lessons from Scripture and Other Sources What does The Bible “really say” about abortion and reproductive justice? Flickr: Cr4nberry
  • 24. Flickr: raymond zoller Clear away the Rubble What the Bible does NOT say…
  • 25. Exodus 21:22-25 “When people who are fighting injure a pregnant woman so that there is a miscarriage, and yet no further harm follows, the one responsible shall be fined what the woman’s husband demands, paying as much as the judges determine. If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.” (New Revised Standard Edition) Flickr: swimfast
  • 26. Now we start to build How do we use the Bible? Flickr: Max Barñers
  • 27. Now we start to build How do we use the Bible? Look for Themes, not Proof-Texting Flickr: Max Barñers
  • 28. Pillars of a Theology of Reproductive Justice Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  • 29. Pillars of a Theology of Reproductive Justice Theology That Values Life Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  • 30. Pillars of a Theology of Reproductive Justice Theology of Sacred Decision Making Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  • 31. Pillars of a Theology of Reproductive Justice Theology of Sacred Sexuality Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  • 32. Pillars of a Theology of Reproductive Justice Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  • 33. Theology that Values Life • Parable of the mustard seed. • Reproductive Justice Framework- viewing life in all its complexity. • Creating conditions that will sustain and support life and honor the reality that not all situations can. Flickr: photosavvy
  • 34. Theology that Values Life A Pro-Life Theology! Flickr: photosavvy
  • 35. Theology of Sacred Decision Making • Sacred gift of free will, the individual conscience and discernment • Biblical examples of women as decision makers • Mary and the Angel Gabriel • Religious Community as place for discernment Flickr: Dom Dada
  • 36. Theology of Sacred Decision Making Theology of Sacred Questioning! Flickr: Dom Dada
  • 37. Theology of Sacred Sexuality • Traditional View: Sex is sinful, but “saved” by procreation • Sex as divine gift • Stewardship Flickr: diogo86
  • 38. Theology of Sacred Sexuality Theology of Stewardship! Flickr: diogo86
  • 39. Theology of Reproductive Justice Support and cherish life in all its complexity Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  • 40. Theology of Reproductive Justice Sacred decision making Support and cherish life in all its complexity Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  • 41. Theology of Reproductive Justice Sacred decision making Support and cherish life in all its complexity Stewardship of the sacred gift of sexuality Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  • 42. How does this theology effect our ministries? • Justice • Responsibilities of Stewardship • Pastoral Needs • Congregational and other ministerial settings But what do we DO with this Theology? Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  • 43. Taking a Sacred Stand for Reproductive Justice
  • 44. Taking a Sacred Stand for Reproductive Justice Pastorally
  • 45. Taking a Sacred Stand for Reproductive Justice Pastorally Prophetically
  • 46. Prophetic Witness for Reproductive Justice! What is the need? • Challenging public misconceptions • Re-frame issues through a justice lens • Lending religious power to supportive elected officials
  • 47. Prophetic Witness for Reproductive Justice! What can we, as leaders and communities of faith, do?
  • 48. Prophetic Witness for Reproductive Justice! Raise religious voices in the public square
  • 49. Prophetic Witness for Reproductive Justice! Mobilize communities of faith
  • 50. Prophetic Witness for Reproductive Justice! Speak to Public Officials Flickr: kimberlyfaye
  • 51. Pastoral Response to Reproductive Justice Issues • Addressing the pastoral needs of all involved • Individual people and families whose concerns and needs are lost in the debate • Justice means recognizing the sacred uniqueness of each individual decision • Women centered, but seeing pastoral needs of all involved
  • 52. RCRC’S Work for Reproductive Justice Clergy Organizing Spiritual Youth for Local affiliates and clergy Reproductive Freedom networks Multicultural Programs Clergy Counseling and Training People of Faith for Real Congregational Resources
  • 53. Flickr: unleashedlive
  • 54. Thank You! Rev. Matthew Westfox Flickr: clappstar