SYRF/RCRC Overview

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  • 1. Washington, DC Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom Regional Training Sponsored by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
  • 2. What are your goals for the training?
    • urgent issues
    • diversity
    • activism
    • messaging
    • SYRF community
    • personal growth
    • network
    • lobby
  • 3. Schedule Overview
    • Day One
    • LUNCH
    • What is Reproductive Justice?
    • Faith and Choice Panel Discussion
    • Break/SNACK
    • Organizing 101
    • Break/SNACK
    • Messaging to Millennials
    • DINNER
    • Day Two
    • Learn to Lobby
    • Lobby Visits/LUNCH
    • Debrief/SNACK
    • Personal Leadership
    • Program Brainstorm
    • Closing/Evaluation
  • 4.
    • Clergy Consultation Service
    • Pro-choice clergy in New York begin to organize in 1967
    • 1,400 members throughout the nation join in one year
    • Formation of the Religious Coalition on Abortion Rights in 1973
  • 5. What’s in a name?
    • 1973: Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights (RCAR)
      • pronounced “R-car”
    • 1993: RCAR broadens its mission and changed its name to the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)
    • 2001: RCRC starts Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom (SYRF) program
      • Pronounced “surf”
  • 6. RCRC Members Include…
    • United Methodist Board of Church and Society
    • Union for Reform Judaism
    • Catholics for a Free Choice
    • Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
    • Others…
  • 7. RCRC Mission preservation of reproductive justice through a religious lens
  • 8.
    • Reproductive Justice
    • healthy families
    • parent with dignity
    • determine whether or when to have children
    • healthy pregnancy
    • healthy and safe families and relationships
    • more from Edith to come
  • 9. RCRC’s programs today…
  • 10.
    • Clergy for Choice
    • Multi-Cultural Programs
      • La Iniciativa Latina
      • Black Church Initiative
    • Spiritual Youth for Reproductive Freedom
    • Public Policy
    • Call to Justice
    • Healthy Families
  • 11.
    • SYRF Program
    • Grant$
    • Paid Organizing Positions
    • Regional Training Institute
  • 12.  
  • 13. Sexuality is God's life-giving and life-fulfilling gift . Our culture needs a sexual ethic focused on personal relationships and social justice rather than particular sexual acts.