Reproductive Freedom


Congregations


Creating a movement to eradicate stigma around reproductive freedom in Texas…one congregation at a time.

What is a Reproductive Freedom Congregation?

Too often, congregations – even progressive faith communities – perpetuate a conspiracy of silence around reproductive health issues, especially abortion. This silence can make women reluctant to share their experiences or reach out for support, for fear of being shamed, judged, or stigmatized

The Reproductive Freedom Congregation initiative is a first step in bringing these issues out of the shadows.

Reproductive Freedom Congregations publicly affirm three principles:

  • We trust and respect women.
  • We promise that people who attend our congregation will be free from stigma, shame, or judgment for their reproductive decisions, including abortion.
  • We believe access to comprehensive and affordable reproductive health services is a moral and social good.

Why join this Movement?

Just as the powerful movement of welcoming-and-affirming congregations continues to make a profound impact on inclusion of the LGBTQ community, our work is a similar effort, grounded in faithful congregations, that will spark a change to the religious conversation around abortion and reproductive freedom in Texas.

As more and more houses of worship across the state join this movement, together we will be a powerful challenge to the broader societal stigma against reproductive freedom.

How do you join this movement?

By meeting a few simple criteria:

  • Have public conversations about what it means to be a Reproductive Freedom Congregation, discussing the principles and the congregation’s values

  • Pledge to make the sacred space safe and accepting for everyone

  • Determine the level of engagement that best matches the congregation’s values

  • Formally vote to adopt the principles

Levels of Engagement

We understand that every congregation enters into this work from a different place on the path towards reproductive freedom. This is why we offer three levels of engagement for your congregation.

  • Public affirmation of the principles
  • Commitment to regular education around reproductive freedom
  • Public witness for reproductive freedom in the political arena and the media

Our Network

Look below to find a congregation near you where you can share your faith story and your reproductive story!

  • Agape Metropolitan Community Church
    Fort Worth
  • The Awakening Spiritual Community
    San Antonio
  • Central Presbyterian Church
    Austin
  • Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
    Houston
  • Ethical Society of Austin
    Austin
  • Faith Presbyterian Church
    Austin
  • First Unitarian Church
    Dallas
  • First Unitarian Church - Museum District Campus
    Houston
  • First Unitarian Church - Thoreau-Richmond Campus
    Houston
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church
    Austin
  • First Unitarian Universalist Church
    San Antonio
  • The Gathering: A Womanist Church
    Dallas
  • Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church
    Carrollton
  • Labyrinth Progressive Student Ministry - University of Texas
    Austin
  • Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    Houston
  • Red River Unitarian Universalist Church
    Sherman
  • San Gabriel Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    Georgetown
  • San Marcos Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    San Marcos
  • St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
    Austin
  • Tapestry Unitarian Universalist Church
    Houston
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Victoria
    Victoria
  • University Baptist Church
    Austin
  • Westside Unitarian Universalist Church
    Fort Worth
  • Wildflower Church
    Austin