by Rev. Harry Knox
I flew back from seeing the good folks in Oklahoma on Monday, and was up bright and early on Tuesday for our biannual meeting of RCRC’s Board of Directors and Coalition Council. It really is a gift to be surrounded by such committed, smart, faithful friends who so deeply believe in RCRC’s mission. And it’s very much a blessing to see how each person grounds themselves in reproductive justice through their own faith tradition.
On Wednesday evening, we had an intimate dinner to celebrate RCRC’s 40th Anniversary. Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, spoke about how much our partnership means to them, and how important it is to have faith be part of reproductive justice. We were also honored to have the Very Rev. Dr. Katherine Ragsdale – who served faithfully and long as RCRC’s board chair, and who is now President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School – prophetically root us in our history in a way that more clearly envisions our path ahead.
One thing that really struck me is just how blessed I am to have the RCRC team we have. One of our board members mentioned how palpable the esprit de corps of our staff is; I’m glad it shows! I have never in my life worked with such a capable, smart, fun-to-be-with group of people. Know that RCRC is in very, very good hands with this staff and that they are all looking for ways to more effectively do the work of lifting up your voices in support of reproductive justice.
I’m also pleased to announce that we have launched a new and improved rcrc.org! Take a look! We’ve already gotten fantastic feedback on how clean, fresh and accessible it is – which was our intention. We’ll be adding some really cool features in the coming weeks, so keep checking back.
Also be on the lookout for changes to Connections. We are working to make it more useful, as well as to be… well, more “connecting.” We are heeding our call to elevate the voices of people of faith for reproductive justice in myriad ways, and are working on other innovative ways to engage people all around the country in the coming year.
Friends, it doesn’t escape me that we could not do the work we do without your constant prayers, love and support. We are able to do the life-saving work we do because your gifts make it possible. I am so grateful for the shoulders of strong and faithful women and men on which we stand, and for the guiding hand of God in our work.