We are proud to announce that our Executive Director Elaina Ramsey has received a prestigious fellowship from Auburn Seminary’s 2019 CrossCurrents Research Colloquium. As a scholar-activist, her research and writing will focus on “The Gospel ‘Good News’ of Abortion: Toward an Evangelical Theology of Reproductive Justice.”

During the month of July, the CrossCurrents Research Colloquium brings together 10 fellows (religious scholars, sociologists, clergy, activists, artists, and others) who are committed to faith-based social justice. The residential fellowship, based in New York City, offers a unique opportunity for these leaders to engage in individual research projects, as well as collaborate and reflect together through group seminars. Fellows are referred to as “Coolidge Scholars” after William A. Coolidge, the principal benefactor of this program.

This year’s CrossCurrents Summer Research Colloquium is centered on the theme of reproductive justice.

“The U.S. currently has a dominant cultural narrative that frames abortion as morally wrong,” states Auburn. “This frame requires women who have abortions to offer acceptable reasons that justify their decision to end a pregnancy. Such a frame is biased against women from the outset, and it prevents needed attention to a broader set of issues and questions related to women’s fertility, reproductive health, and the social conditions in which women raise children.”

The goal of the Coolidge Scholars is to draw on theology, ethics, and religious studies to shift the punitive frame of justification toward a liberative frame of reproductive justice.

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