The Clergy Advocacy Board is comprised of diverse faith leaders from all over the nation. They represent myriad cultural backgrounds, races, theological viewpoints and perspectives.

Statement of Beliefs

  • We believe that clergy have a special responsibility to bear witness in support of reproductive rights so that the public and their elected representatives may understand the theological and moral basis for reproductive rights.
  • We believe that family planning and responsible sex education are the most effective methods of reducing the need for abortion. Clergy must help parents reach and teach their children by providing medically accurate and age-appropriate sex education in their congregations and in their local communities and schools.
  • We believe that both men and women have an inherent right to reproductive freedom, that this freedom includes the right to abortion, and that abortion is a complex moral and ethical issue that cannot be resolved by solutions that are simplistic or cruel.
  • We believe that ultimately the decision about abortion is a matter between a woman, her conscience, and/or her God, and that those close to her should offer support in any way they can.

Board Members

Rabbi Jon Adland, Chair
Canton, OH
Reform Jewish

The Rev. David A. Ames
Providence, RI

Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock
Christian Church Disciples of Christ

Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter
Dallas, TX
Unitarian Universalist

Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg
Reform Jewish

The Rev. Dr. Gawain F. de Leeuw
White Plains, NY

Rev. Jeremy Lopez
Tonowanda, NY
United Church of Christ

Rev. Dr. Marvin A Marsh
King of Prussia, PA

Rev. Janet Maykus
Indianapolis, IN
Christian Church DOC

Rev. Darcy Roake
New Orleans, LA
Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Susan Russell, Vice-Chair
Pasadena, CA

Dr. Scott Sattler
Eureka, CA
Universal Sufism

Rev. Madison T. Shockley II
Carlsbad, CA
United Church of Christ

Anisha Singh
Washington, D.C. 20001

Rabbi Peter Stein
Rochester, NY
Reform Jewish

Ani Zonneveld
Los Angeles, CA