A Theology of
                    Reproductive
                       Justice

                     Rev. Matthew
         ...
Luke 1:38
    “Then Mary said “Here I
     am, the Servant of the
     Lord; let it be with me
    according to your word....
Goals of this Workshop
What is a theology of reproductive justice?
Goals of this Workshop
What is a theology of reproductive justice?

   How do reproductive justice issues affect
     mini...
Goals of this Workshop
What is a theology of reproductive justice?

   How do reproductive justice issues affect
     mini...
Introductions
        • Rev. Matthew Westfox
        • Ordained Minister, United
          Church of Christ
        • Asso...
Who is with us at this table?




Flickr: Andreanna
Flickr: Tom Haymas



                     Constructing a Theology of
                       Reproductive Justice

       ...
Reproductive:




             Health                    Rights        Justice
Flickr: dmason, Steve Rhodes, carf
Reproductive:




             Health                    Rights        Justice
Flickr: dmason, Steve Rhodes, carf
Reproductive:




             Health                    Rights        Justice
Flickr: dmason, Steve Rhodes, carf
Flickr: Daniel James




               Reproductive Justice will be achieved when all people have the
                eco...
HOLISTIC
                     VIEW




Flickr: aussiegal
Reproductive
           Justice is:
            healthy families

    parenting with dignity

     determining whether
   ...
Reproductive
           Justice is:
            healthy families

    parenting with dignity

     determining whether
   ...
Justice, Justice, shalt you seek
                             (Deut. 16:20)


                 The LORD loves righteousnes...
Moving Beyond “Choice”
     “Choice” doesn’t always
      accurately reflect the
     situations women find
         thems...
Moving Beyond “Choice”
     “Choice” doesn’t always
      accurately reflect the
     situations women find
         thems...
Moving Beyond “Choice”
     “Choice” doesn’t always
      accurately reflect the
     situations women find
         thems...
Reproductive Justice:
                     Widening Our Focus
                                 Broad Understanding
       ...
Reproductive Justice:
                     Widening Our Focus
                                 Issues affecting
          ...
Building a
                 Theology:

                Where do we
                   start?

Flickr: iNyar
Lessons from Scripture
    and Other Sources




                       What does The Bible
                    “really sa...
Flickr: raymond zoller




Clear away the Rubble




      What the Bible does NOT say…
Exodus 21:22-25




  “When people who are fighting injure a pregnant woman so that there is a
miscarriage, and yet no fur...
Now we start to build



                      How do we use the Bible?




Flickr: Max Barñers
Now we start to build



                      How do we use the Bible?

     Look for Themes, not Proof-Texting




Flick...
Pillars of a Theology
                                        of Reproductive Justice




Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, di...
Pillars of a Theology
                                        of Reproductive Justice




                                ...
Pillars of a Theology
                                        of Reproductive Justice




                                ...
Pillars of a Theology
                                        of Reproductive Justice


                                  ...
Pillars of a Theology
                                        of Reproductive Justice




Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, di...
Theology that Values Life

                                      • Parable of the mustard
                                ...
Theology that Values Life



                                            A
                                         Pro-Li...
Theology of Sacred Decision Making

                            • Sacred gift of free
                              will, ...
Theology of Sacred Decision Making



                              Theology
                              of Sacred
     ...
Theology of Sacred Sexuality


                                      • Traditional View: Sex
                             ...
Theology of Sacred Sexuality




                                       Theology of
                                      ...
Theology of Reproductive Justice



      Support
   and cherish
   life in all its
   complexity




Flickr: photosavvy, ...
Theology of Reproductive Justice
                                        Sacred
                                        de...
Theology of Reproductive Justice
                                         Sacred
                                         ...
How does this theology
                                         effect our ministries?
                                   ...
Taking a Sacred Stand for
  Reproductive Justice
Taking a Sacred Stand for
  Reproductive Justice




 Pastorally
Taking a Sacred Stand for
  Reproductive Justice




 Pastorally   Prophetically
Prophetic Witness
 for Reproductive
      Justice!
What is the need?

• Challenging public
  misconceptions

• Re-frame is...
Prophetic Witness for
 Reproductive Justice!

What can we, as leaders and
 communities of faith, do?
Prophetic Witness for
Reproductive Justice!


                Raise
              religious
            voices in the
    ...
Prophetic Witness for
     Reproductive Justice!



  Mobilize
communities
  of faith
Prophetic Witness for
                       Reproductive Justice!



                                   Speak to
        ...
Pastoral Response to
    Reproductive Justice Issues
• Addressing the pastoral needs of all involved
• Individual people a...
RCRC’S Work for Reproductive Justice
    Clergy Organizing
                                 Spiritual Youth for
 Local aff...
Flickr: unleashedlive
Thank
                You!
    Rev. Matthew Westfox




Flickr: clappstar
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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 reproductive choice and justice

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A Theology Of Reproductive Justice

  1. 1. A Theology of Reproductive Justice Rev. Matthew Westfox Flickr: mharvey75
  2. 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. 3. Goals of this Workshop What is a theology of reproductive justice?
  4. 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. 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. 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. 7. Who is with us at this table? Flickr: Andreanna
  8. 8. Flickr: Tom Haymas Constructing a Theology of Reproductive Justice What is Reproductive Justice?
  9. 9. Reproductive: Health Rights Justice Flickr: dmason, Steve Rhodes, carf
  10. 10. Reproductive: Health Rights Justice Flickr: dmason, Steve Rhodes, carf
  11. 11. Reproductive: Health Rights Justice Flickr: dmason, Steve Rhodes, carf
  12. 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. 13. HOLISTIC VIEW Flickr: aussiegal
  14. 14. Reproductive Justice is: healthy families parenting with dignity determining whether or when to have children healthy pregnancies Flickr: Lawrence Whittemore
  15. 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. 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. 17. Moving Beyond “Choice” “Choice” doesn’t always accurately reflect the situations women find themselves in Flickr: inkyhack
  18. 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. 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. 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. 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. 22. Building a Theology: Where do we start? Flickr: iNyar
  23. 23. Lessons from Scripture and Other Sources What does The Bible “really say” about abortion and reproductive justice? Flickr: Cr4nberry
  24. 24. Flickr: raymond zoller Clear away the Rubble What the Bible does NOT say…
  25. 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. 26. Now we start to build How do we use the Bible? Flickr: Max Barñers
  27. 27. Now we start to build How do we use the Bible? Look for Themes, not Proof-Texting Flickr: Max Barñers
  28. 28. Pillars of a Theology of Reproductive Justice Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  29. 29. Pillars of a Theology of Reproductive Justice Theology That Values Life Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  30. 30. Pillars of a Theology of Reproductive Justice Theology of Sacred Decision Making Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  31. 31. Pillars of a Theology of Reproductive Justice Theology of Sacred Sexuality Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  32. 32. Pillars of a Theology of Reproductive Justice Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  33. 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. 34. Theology that Values Life A Pro-Life Theology! Flickr: photosavvy
  35. 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. 36. Theology of Sacred Decision Making Theology of Sacred Questioning! Flickr: Dom Dada
  37. 37. Theology of Sacred Sexuality • Traditional View: Sex is sinful, but “saved” by procreation • Sex as divine gift • Stewardship Flickr: diogo86
  38. 38. Theology of Sacred Sexuality Theology of Stewardship! Flickr: diogo86
  39. 39. Theology of Reproductive Justice Support and cherish life in all its complexity Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  40. 40. Theology of Reproductive Justice Sacred decision making Support and cherish life in all its complexity Flickr: photosavvy, Dom Dada, diogo86
  41. 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. 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. 43. Taking a Sacred Stand for Reproductive Justice
  44. 44. Taking a Sacred Stand for Reproductive Justice Pastorally
  45. 45. Taking a Sacred Stand for Reproductive Justice Pastorally Prophetically
  46. 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. 47. Prophetic Witness for Reproductive Justice! What can we, as leaders and communities of faith, do?
  48. 48. Prophetic Witness for Reproductive Justice! Raise religious voices in the public square
  49. 49. Prophetic Witness for Reproductive Justice! Mobilize communities of faith
  50. 50. Prophetic Witness for Reproductive Justice! Speak to Public Officials Flickr: kimberlyfaye
  51. 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. 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. 53. Flickr: unleashedlive
  54. 54. Thank You! Rev. Matthew Westfox Flickr: clappstar

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