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At Faith in Women, we envision a Mississippi in which all women and girls can live their lives with dignity, health, and joy. We believe that women and girls deserve full access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare and information with the respect and support of their faith leaders and communities. Sadly, this is not the current reality in our state.
Mississippi women and girls don’t have access to the reproductive health care and information they need to thrive in life. In the most religious state in the country, faith plays a leading role in the lives of many women, but religious leaders often do not have the knowledge, tools, or community support to minister to the reproductive health needs of women. That’s where Faith in Women comes in.
Faith in Women connects faith leaders across Mississippi with the reproductive health resources and education they need to compassionately and fully serve the women in their congregations and communities. From networking events to educational trainings, we provide a range of opportunities for faith leaders to meet and learn from trusted experts as well as each other. Connect with us to learn more!
Ashley Peterson, Executive Director
As a native Mississippian, a lifelong United Methodist, and a public health expert, Ashley Peterson leads Faith in Women with a holistic understanding of health and wholeness that is rooted in faith, justice, and best practices from the healthcare community. Prior to becoming the organization’s Executive Director, she worked for eight years as a health educator and counselor for low-income women and families across the South on issues related to nutrition, chronic disease, and poverty. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.
Claire Kimberly, Coordinator of Sex Ed Programs
Dr. Claire Kimberly teaches human sexuality classes in college settings and studies a variety of sexual health topics. She graduated from Samford University with a degree in communication studies and from the University of Kentucky with a master’s and doctorate in family science. She has a certificate in family life education (CFLE) and in applied statistics. In her free time, she enjoys doing anything outdoors, watching/listening to musicals, and spending time with her husband and dog, Beau. Having grown up in a Methodist church, Dr. Kimberly is excited about the assistance she can give to Faith in Women and the community.
Special thanks to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, United Methodist Women, and the Lalor Foundation for their generous support.