Thinking About Reproductive Justice in Atlanta
Both to launch their participation in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s new commitment to reproductive justice and to celebrate being the host city for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s annual Creating Change conference, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA) recently invited Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong, to be a very special pulpit guest.
Monica spoke personally and eloquently about the imperatives of reproductive justice: to enable women to have children or not to have children, and to raise them in a safe and healthy environment. She addressed the intersectionality of racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and other systemic oppressions that block access to the necessary services, supports, and full range of reproductive choices for all women. You can listen to the audio of Monica’s sermon here.
Her words helped inspire a generous “Give Away the Plate” contribution of more than $1,800 to SisterSong–founded by women of color and headquartered in Atlanta. SisterSong is also a major partner in the UUA’s newly elected reproductive justice congregational study/action issue (CSAI) and Monica sits on the UUA’s reproductive justice advisory group, whose mission to carry this work forward.
This post was written by Rev. Marti Keller, associate minister of the UU Congregation of Atlanta and president of the UU Women’s Federation.