As people of religious faith and conviction
Faith Aloud supports reproductive justice for every person.
Because we have faith in women
we support all pregnancy options.
Faith Aloud was incorporated in 1982. We are people of diverse religious beliefs, denominations, and practices. Our mission is to eliminate the religious stigma of abortion.
The Rev. Rebecca Turner has been Executive Director of Faith Aloud since June of 2001.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO, and a Master of Arts from New Orleans Theological Seminary, then pursued doctoral-level studies in theology and ministry from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Rebecca holds joint ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
In 2012, she was named one of "13 Religious Women to Watch: Changing the World for Good" by the Center for American Progress. In 2010, she was given the "Person of the Year Award" by the Abortion Care Network, and in 2009, the award for "Outstanding Contributions to Advance Women's Equality" by the Missouri Women's Network.
Rebecca has been featured in Time Magazine, on PBS “Religion and Ethics Newsweekly,” on CNN “Anderson Cooper 360,” in the documentaries “Beyond the Politics of Life and Choice” and “South Dakota,” and in newspaper and web stories around the United States.
JoAnn Alexander is our Administrative Assistant.
After a career with the Small Business Administration, JoAnn is happy to lend her administrative skills to an organization that helps women. She is responsible for maintaining our databases and keeping the office organized.
Chelsea Merta is our Policy Analyst.
A third-year law student at Saint Louis University School of Law, Chelsea is specializing in health law policy and advocacy. Chelsea has been with Faith Aloud since June 2011 and works with policy reviews, legal matters, health education, community organizing, website updating, and social media. She monitors the Missouri Legislature for health policy legislation, women's and LGBT issues, and education. Chelsea has her degrees in political science and biochemistry from Indiana University, and has worked with various health law advocacy and reproductive justice organizations in Missouri and across the United States.
Felicia Scott is our Civic Engagement Coordinator volunteer.
A minister of the United Church of Christ and a native St. Louisan, Felicia has been recognized as a social justice activist on reproductive rights and health issues affecting women of color. Having first become active with Faith Aloud during her seminary career, Felicia is happy to continue her association with Faith Aloud and uses her voice and talents for initiatives with communities of color and the LGBTQI community.
Karen Yang is an intern for Faith Aloud through Eden Theological Seminary.
Karen is a contextual education student from Eden Theological Seminary, where she is pursuing a Master of Divinity. She is enrolled in a dual-degree program, and is concurrently pursuing a Master of Social Work at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to working at Faith Aloud, she worked at SAGE Metro St. Louis, which provides services and advocacy to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender older adults.
Karen is drawn to Faith Aloud's inter-faith work on sexuality education and reproductive justice because of her passion for ecumenical coalitions, faith and sexuality dialogues, health policy, and being present with people experiencing oppression in places where faith leaders are not expected to, but should be expected to show up.
Sarah Plewniak is an intern through Webster University.
A senior majoring in Women and Gender Studies and minoring in Psychology, Sarah chose Faith Aloud because of her interest in reproductive rights and faith-based counseling.