Monday, August 3, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
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And don't forget to mark you calendars for the Sex and Religion Trivia night coming up on August 28th!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Hello from Stephens Lake Park in Columbia, MO!
We're enjoying a beautiful afternoon at Mid Missouri Pride Fest. We've been talking with people about Faith Aloud and handing out our fabulous new temporary tattoos. Our tent is right in front of the entertainment space so we had front row seats for the African dancing and the singers. I think the "Gayest Dog" competition is starting soon...I'll be sure to post pictures later.
We've met some really interesting people including a woman who does family planning for LGBTQ couples, a group of mid Missouri pagans, the PROMO organizer from Kansas City and the roller derby team from Columbia. The Boone County Health Department is doing free HPV and Hepatitis A and B vaccinations.
Stop by and see us if you're in town. If not, here's some pictures of the fun you're missing!
Friday, June 5, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
If you encounter protesters, please do not engage them physically or verbally.
Sunday, May 31, 2009
May 31, 2009
Abortion Provider Dr. George Tiller was murdered by a gunman who shot him point-blank while he was ushering in services at Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas. His wife, Jeanne, watched in horror from the choir loft.
The clergy and members of Faith Aloud mourn the loss of this courageous, dedicated, and religious man. He and his clinic had been the victim of violence many times before, yet he continued to provide women with desperately needed care. As one of the few providers in the country for third trimester abortions, Dr. Tiller served many women who had planned pregnancies that had gone wrong. He was deeply religious and his services to women and families at his clinic included the guidance of a chaplain.
"Dr. Tiller taught me so much about the spiritual concerns of his patients," said the Reverend Rebecca Turner, Executive Director of Faith Aloud. "He was a kind, compassionate man who respected women and listened to them. America cannot tolerate this kind of domestic terrorism. We must put an end to the hostile rhetoric that fuels this kind of violence. We must hold people accountable who bully women on the sidewalks of abortion clinics. There is nothing "pro-life" about murder and nothing "Christian" about the hatred that fuels it. My heart goes out to abortion providers all over our country who share in this tragedy."
Faith Aloud is an interfaith organization that supports women in all their decisions concerning problem pregnancies.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Recently the Orlando family made a public statement that, due to our Pro Life beliefs we would no longer provide services to Planned Parenthood and Faith Aloud because their views did not agree with our family beliefs. Given the family dynamic of our business this decision was made from an emotional place without considering all of the consequences. We have since learned that this Pro Life stance has been considered by some to be an act of discrimination. That was never our intention. Orlando’s has never discriminated against anyone and has a reputation of generosity and fairness in our community. We would like continue supporting our community without discrimination to any organization regardless of their political or religious beliefs. We strongly believe in the values of diversity and equality that have made our country great. While we as a family uphold the values of our faith and will continue to be Pro Life, we will not inflict our beliefs on our customers. We will respectfully offer our catering and facilities to any organization that has an interest in using them despite our differences. We apologize to anyone we may have offended in our previous decision and look forward to serving our entire community equally.
Orlando's Catering and Event Design
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A Letter from the Rev. Rebecca Turner, executive director of Faith Aloud, to Michael Orlando
May 7, 2009
Dear Mr. Orlando:
I was quite shocked and disappointed to receive your email stating that you would no longer welcome our business simply because we are a pro-choice organization. It is disappointing that you would give in to angry protesters carrying hostile signs about your business rather than supporting the paying customers who were well-behaved.
On the St. Louis Catholic blog, it quotes you as saying you will no longer provide services to Planned Parenthood. We are not Planned Parenthood and never have been. We are an organization of religious groups and individuals. At the banquet were dozens of clergy. There were also many politicians and directors of several other non-profit agencies. They are all quite dismayed to hear of your announcement and many have vowed to remove their business from you.
It seems to me it would have been very easy for you to tell the detractors that you cannot check the political and religious status of your customers. But instead you've publicly declared that you can't serve pro-choice organizations. That list is so much longer than you probably realize.
I am saddened for the position in which you have placed yourself and saddened that we will not be enjoying the excellent services provided by your wonderful staff.
We will have no difficulty finding another banquet center who will welcome our business.
Rev. Rebecca Turner
Executive Director of Faith Aloud
A Letter from Rev. Krista Taves, board president of Faith Aloud, to Michael Orlando
I am the Rev. Krista Taves, minister of Emerson Unitarian Universalist Chapel and president of the Board of Faith Aloud. For the last two years, I have attended Faith Aloud's banquet at your facility and was very pleased with the quality of service. I am deeply disappointed with the decision you have made. I can respect our differences of opinion, but your decision to take the profit you made from our loyal patronage of your facility and donate it to those who oppose us is very disturbing and very insulting. You have disrespected those who honored you and trusted you with their business. Furthermore, you have affirmed the disrespectful and abusive behavior of the protestors who met us at your doors. I can certainly respect your belief that abortion is wrong, but the extreme and inhumane tactics of those protestors is a form of violence that should not be condoned by anyone. You have now validated and condoned that violence.
I will do what I can to ensure that many become aware of your decision and I will urge them to boycott your business. I conduct many weddings and am frequently asked for referrals for reception locations. I will explicitly encourage those couples who come to me not to use your
facility and I will tell them why. I will also refuse to officiate at wedding ceremonies held in your banquet facilities. You can be sure that the thousands of Unitarian Universalists in this city will also not be availing themselves of your services.
Rev. Krista Taves
Faith Aloud board president
Thursday, May 7, 2009
We wonder how he can ask that we understand his position when he not only doesn't understand ours but has also chosen to ostracize anyone who associates with our position . When emcee extraordinaire and marriage equality activist Ed Reggi talked to Michael Orlando about the decision to ban Faith Aloud, Michael Orlando told Ed, " this is a right as a Catholic business to refuse anyone that goes against their families beliefs."
How does this make you feel? What can you do? Here at Faith Aloud we encourage you to BOYCOTT Orlando's Banquet and Catering. Don't have your event there, don't attend events there, and tell your friends not to go there. If you want to do more, write to Michael Orlando directly and express your disappointment with his choice to refuse those who support choice. His address is Orlando Gardens, 8352 watson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Yesterday was the Missouri Pro-Choice Lobby day in Jefferson City, MO. Faith Aloud had a great time along with Planned Parenthood, Naral Pro-Choice MO, Promo and many others. We had two bills to focus on while at Lobby Day. One was SB 264 (aka The Abortion Restriction Bill of 2009) and the Other was The Prevention First Act which is in the House as HB999 and in the Senate as SB329.
Here's little info on both:
The Abortion Restriction Bill of 2009 contains a lot of extreme measures that hurt women and providers while doing nothing to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies. It places unnescssary reqirements on women who want to terminate their pregnacies by adding extra steps prior to their procedures that may take days to complete. It also add extra work for doctors and their staff for no reason. THIS IS A BAD BILL FOR ALL WOMEN AND DOCTORS!
The Prevention First Act is all about preventing unintended pregnancies, and improving access to preventive health care measures. This bill would repeal the restrictions around medically accurate comprehensive Sexual Education for all sexualities. It would ensure vicitms of sexual assault were given access and information about Plan B. Finally it would ensure that women of all backgrounds were able to access affordable birth control and yearly well woman exams.
To conclude Lobby Day Faith Aloud put together a Interfaith Service. The Speakers included: Rev. Krista Taves, Minister at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Chapel, Kate Lovelady, Leader of The Ethical Society St. Louis, Lucy Smith, Member of PPSLR's TASH and My Faith Aloud, Rev. Rebecca Turner, Disciple of Christ minister and Executive Director of Faith Aloud, Kelli Whitman, Eden Seminary Student and Outreach Coordinator of Faith Aloud, and Rev. Teresa Mithen, Priest at St. John's Episcopal Church.
Here is a snippet of that service:
Family Planning is embraced by religions across the spectrum as a moral good, a responsible choice, and a basic human right. The world’s religions recognize that family planning helps build strong families, protect the health of women and children, reduce child and spousal abuse, and prevent unwanted pregnancies
Also Check out these Photos from Lobby day:
And a video will be on its way very soon so check back here to see it!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Reproductive justice is not just about abortion, birth control, or family planning. Protecting our planet is an important factor when discussing reproductive and general health. We must be cognizant of our impact upon the planet and fellow human beings, and work to keep our oceans clean, soil fertile, people healthy and our planet safe.
Where does Faith Aloud stand on
Reproductive Justice & the Environment?
We DO NOT support abortion or family planning as a form of population control
We DO support the ability of individuals and families to make environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible reproductive health decisions.
We Do support responsible parenting that recognizes how badly we have damaged the planet and the health risks that presents.
We Do support the consideration of environmental health when deciding if and how to bring children into the world.
And here is how different faiths view the intersection of reproductive justice and environmental justice:
Jewish traditions highlight a relationship between the environment and responsible family planning:
“Human beings are supposed to exercise their power.. and free will to be wise stewards of Creation. They should help to maintain the Order of Creation even while they are allowed to use it for their own benefit within certain limits established by God (Genesis 2:14).” **
Here's what some Christian theologians say:
“Christ demonstrates what it means to be created in the image of God: he does not grasp his equality, but lets it go to become the servant of all. We need to see that the real image.. revealed in Christ, is to be a humble servant. We need to become servants of creation and thus reveal in ourselves the true likeness of God.” (Colossians 1.15 and Philippians 2.6
And religions such as Buddhism also teach:
“..family planning when people feel it would be a burden on themselves or their environment to have more [kids].” ****
Now tell us your thoughts on the intersection of Reproductive justice and the environment! What have you heard your faith say? What spiritual practices do you use to honor the earth and your own body? Let us know by commenting here or emailing email@example.com
*Levi, Yehuada Leo “Jewish Environmental Perspectives” http:// www.jcpa.org/art/jep4.htm
** Troster, Rabbi
***Brown, Jennifer “A Christian Perspective on the environment” http://www.sageoxford.org.uk/brown2.htm
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Faith Aloud is proud to announce it's very own YouTube Channel and Twitter page. Check them both out!
www.youtube.com/faithaloud and www.twitter.com/faithaloud
See you all this sunday at the Faith Aloud Awards and Tues the 28th at missouri prochoice lobby day!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here is a clip of the previously mentioned counseling DVD's that Faith Aloud has produced for clinics. They cost $5 each and can be purchased by emailing Kelli at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Susanna George is on the board of ARROW. Her dreams for the movement involve us "Thinking trans nationally and locally and acting trans nationally and locally." SHe asks all of us for a Spirit of collectivism while we live in the era of the father of all hierarchies. We must consider struggles of social justice activist around the world. George quotes Benedict Anderson: a nation is a imagined political community and then invites us all to imagine a different kind of political community a world-wide political community.
Carol Mason of Oklahoma State University begins her dreams with the statement that the prosecution of pregnant women which feeds Prison Industrial Complex. She states that "The issue of abortion is a manufactured moral divide in the united states. Abortion is still being used to distract from attention from things women have in common" She believes that finding real common ground is a way to cross the manufactured moral divide and that fetal personhood laws affect all pregnant women, in fact it affects all women. On that topic be sure to check out this awesome video : http://advocatesforpregnantwomen.org/nafpw.
David Zielinski Koska talked about how violence is the simultaneous dehumanization of the perpetrator and victim. Koska believes scarcity is first lesson of violence...and capitalism. Feminism is the smallest unit of anarchist resistance. Koska's dreams focus on Abundance and justice. Resist anything that tells us and our organization that we are actually in competition with each other.
Mia Herndon who is the executive director at Third Wave. She says that while "Warren buffet and I are not homies yet." she still believes that there is enough funding to make the movement work. She believes that the resources of large foundations " are built off our backs so the money deserves to go back into our community." She spoke about the critique that adding other sites of oppression to our movement, going from a rights stance to a justice stand point, dilutes our movement. Her response to this is that "in life I never separate all these things so how can I separate them in my activism" She also noted that the revolution will not be funded by foundations alone. IT needs the fuel of our reflections and deep thinking. Finally she laughingly pointed out that fun is important because no one wants to join a movement where everyone looks upset. Winning is our duty and it is a possibility. Winning does not have to be one way. We can win together.
Lastly Moderator Lani Blechman gave us her dreams in the form of a To Do List for the Movement. Part of that list follows:
know who divides you
don't forget the differences
don't forget technology
don't forget to talk face to face
you are funny be funny
value each other
don't believe the hype
ground work in experinces
know your limits
sit in conflict
build collective power
move beyond comfort zones
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Faith Aloud also had a great time at the 13th annual Webster University Drag Ball. It was a great event and many thanks go out to the atendees, performers and the folks at Webster University who made the event a total success.
Also Faith Aloud has been planning a lot of upcoming events!
On April 16th Faith Aloud in conjunction with Naral Pro-choice Missouri will host "WHOSE CONSCIENCE?" at Eden Seminary at 7pm Rev. Rebecca Turner, executive director of Faith Aloud and Pamela Sumners, executive director of Naral Pro-choice Missouri will talk about both the legal and moral perspective of pharmacy-refusal.
Additionally the Fabulous Faith Aloud Awards will take place on April 26th from 6-9pm in St. Louis, Mo. Details are available at FaithAloud.org and on facebook. Tickets are $60 (student pricing is available) and we still have plenty of spots left. Call the office to order! 314-531-5010
Also Faith Aloud is heading to Jefferson City, Mo to Lobby for Reproductive Justice on April 28th! Details at FaithAloud.org
As a last p.s. check out this article that just goes to show you we have a long way to go before we archive justice for all. http://primebuzz.kcstar.com/?q=node/17848
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
My Faith Aloud is always looking for vlog ideas and you can suggest them through email at email@example.com or via the facebook group. Happy Watching!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
You may also call the SWMO Regional Field Organizer, Stephanie Perkins, at 417.291.6569 to talk about your story. or go to Showmenohate.blogspot.com for more info. This information will be used to help pass Missouri Safe Schools Legislation and the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act (MONA). Our exec. Director Rev. Rebecca Turner is testifying right now in Jefferson City to help pass MONA so do your part too!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
PS the SECOND HALF IS ON ITS WAY! IT SHOULD BE UP NEXT WEEK!
Friday, February 6, 2009
And if people want help with those decisions, Faith Aloud is here with our brand new nation wide TOLL FREE NUMBER 1-888-717-5010 or as always via our website FaithAloud.org. Faith Aloud will always be the moral and ethical voice of reproductive justice and will continue to work with religious and spiritual communities everywhere to ensure all people have the support, knowledge and freedom to make whatever choices they need to make. Congratulations America...Here's to the new era in reproducitve justice.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
FAITH ALOUD PRESENTS: A TASTE OF CHOICE! THIS MONDAY FEBRUARY 2nd! A Valentine's Day themed wine tasting fundraiser!!! to RSVP or for more details please see our website www.FaithAloud.org ! See you there