Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Pro-Faith. Pro-Family. Pro-Choice.

aka RCRC

Washington, DC

Mission

RCRC is a broad-based, national, interfaith movement that brings the moral force of religion and spirituality to protect and advance reproductive health, rights, and justice through education, prophetic witness, pastoral presence, and advocacy. For 47 years, RCRC has been a leader in bringing interfaith and multiracial voices to these issues. RCRC values and promotes religious liberty that upholds the human and constitutional rights of all people to exercise their conscience and make their own reproductive health decisions without shame or stigma. RCRC challenges systems of oppression and seeks to remove remove the multiple barriers that impede individuals (especially people in marginalized communities) from accessing comprehensive reproductive health care with respect and dignity.

Ruling Year

1980

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Rev. Katey Zeh

Main Address

1413 K Street 14th Floor

Washington, DC 20005 USA

Formerly Known As

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice Educational Fund

Keywords

Religion, Choice, Abortion, Reproductive Rights, Women, Youth

EIN

52-1213972

 Number

4273719633

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Reproductive Rights (R61)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

Women's Rights (R24)

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What we aim to solve

As people of faith committed to justice, we are deeply concerned about the bigotry, hatred, and violence that are being unleashed upon marginalized people in the United States and around the world. In this time of unprecedented legislative and regulatory attacks on contraception, abortion, and all reproductive health care, women, people of color, poor people, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and immigrants are targets every day. It is overwhelming to try to manage the stress and anxiety caused by relentless mass shootings, immigrant detentions, restrictions on reproductive care – and fears about what the future may bring. There has rarely been a more important time for progressive people of faith to speak up and act out to protect our democracy and our rights. RCRC strongly promotes, and collaborates with, interfaith voices of prophetic justice in efforts to reverse the tide of hatred that threatens our country.

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As a leading national multi-faith organization working with the reproductive health, rights and justice movements we know that developing faith leaders at the state and national level—and amplifying their moral voices across the country—is the focal point of our work. As political attacks on reproductive health and rights continue to escalate, the role of progressive faith leaders and communities in bringing the moral force of religion to protect and advance reproductive dignity is critical. Our goals are: 1. Disrupt and correct the public narrative that religion is monolithic and diametrically opposed to reproductive freedom and dignity 2. Equip those who care for people making reproductive decisions or experiencing losses with the language, tools, and support they need to provide care that is nonjudgmental, compassionate, and spiritually grounded 3. Collaborate with grassroots partners and affiliates to build, increase, and amplify local networks of faith leaders, people of faith, and their communities in reclaiming the moral high ground on issues of reproductive freedom and dignity

1. Support for Abortion Care In 2016, RCRC made an investment in designing Clinic Blessings as a signature offering of our organization. These events have a three-fold purpose: (1) To affirm and support the staff, patients, and physical space as sacred; (2) To build networks among local religious leaders and clinic staff; and (3) To promote media stories that help shift the public narrative around abortion by showcasing religious leaders who affirm and support reproductive dignity. These Blessings have garnered significant media coverage. Now, after seeing tremendous success with the piloted Blessings, we are engaging bold, out-of-the-box thinking and planning about how and where we will offer these important Blessings, as well as finding other ways to support those who provide care and those who seek their services. The decisions are made in collaboration with potential local communities to ascertain suitability of a particular clinic location based on (1) support of sufficient numbers of local religious and community leaders; (2) relationships with vetted journalists; and (3) sustainable security procedures 2. Compassionate Care Workshops RCRC began offering “All Options Counseling” training workshops for clergy in 1984. In the 1990s, the program was updated to include seminary students and the focus expanded to “Pastoral Care for Reproductive Decisions and Loss.” In 2017, the training was updated again to expand participation beyond religious leaders and incorporate strategies for addressing systemic changes. From 2017-2018, RCRC piloted an expanded curriculum, called “Compassionate Care,” to engage and train a wide range of helping professionals including social workers, physicians, clinic workers, doulas, clinic escorts, religious/ spiritual leaders, and others. Using what we learned in the pilot year, we made significant revisions to the program materials, which are enabling RCRC to gain a broader reach for in-person workshops and online training options. In addition to providing knowledge and skills needed for 1-1 conversations, the workshop now includes tools for addressing systemic reproductive oppression. RCRC is now able to not only offer more in-depth workshops but also adapt our trainings to suit the specific needs of a broader array of participants. This year, we will replicate the pilot and — for the first time — offer workshops in which none of the participants are religious leaders. Participants will be people of faith who primarily work in secular settings. 3. Regional Initiatives RCRC is specifically interacting with a wide array of supporters on the ground, including our affiliates, other state partner organizations, and grassroots groups. We are particularly focusing on the “Central and Southeast Regions,” which includes MS, MO, TX, IN, OH, TN, LA, SC and KY, in order to build local partnership in areas most affected by restrictive legislation.

RCRC has a staff of 4 people, a dedicated cohort of consultants, a committed Board of Directors, and a network of local partners and affiliates in states across the country. Former Board chair and long-time RCRC supporter Reverend Katey Zeh was named the Interim ED in March 2019. RCRC’s Board has already seen great organizational benefits from Rev. Zeh’s extraordinary scholarship and leadership in the broader reproductive health, choice, rights, and justice movement. Rev. Zeh recently published an article on why clergy should discuss abortion issues in the pulpit, and described how to do so. She was quoted in an article in the Washington Post about clergy activism supporting reproductive freedom. Zeh’s new book, Women Rise Up: Sacred Stories of Resistance for Today’s Revolution (published May 2019), offers an alternative for people of faith who are dissatisfied by our culture’s misuse of faith to shame and divide people.

When Rev. Zeh began working as Interim Executive Director in mid-March, she led the organization through a thorough review of its programs and revised its short-term goals and theory of change for the next three years. Staff works together to create quarterly and yearly goals and work plans that are revisited in one-on-one check-ins and regular staff meetings. All of our outward facing programs include in-depth evaluations from participants to ensure that materials are relevant and useful. Feedback from partner organizations is sought and integrated on a regular basis. Our social media presence continues to grow each day, and we use tracking software to measure impressions, interactions, and actions taken via our online channels.

The past two years have been a time of intense growth and change for RCRC. We have made significant shifts in our organizational leadership and short-term plans, which are starting to bear fruit. As political attacks on reproductive health and rights escalate in the political and social spheres, emboldened by the U.S. President’s support for extremists and white nationalists, the role of progressive faith leaders and communities is even more important to affirm and uplift reproductive dignity and human dignity for all. We must bring faith’s moral force to reproductive rights in order to reverse this shameful trend and actualize the voices of the pro-choice, progressive majority in this country. This work is not only on behalf of individual decision-making but also vital to helping us be a better society

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Organizational Demographics

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