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Fistula Stories announces launch
of Multi-Faith Resources

New York, September 14, 2010 -- Fistula Stories, a project of Women’s Ministries at the National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA, will expand its curriculum to include studies of texts from other faiths. 

The Curriculum, currently in its second year of distribution, has until now focused on the connections between Christian faith and action, helping Christians to become advocates for an end to obstetric fistula. 

Ann Tiemeyer, Program Director for Women’s Ministries at the NCC, believes that the additions of multi-faith perspectives will enrich the study for both Christians and people of other faiths.  “As we join with women from other faiths in the effort to end fistula with this generation, we will all gain new insights,” she says.  “Through a common commitment to justice, we are building on shared ground.”

A new section of features the Multi-Faith materials.  Currently Jewish and Islamic Supplements are available at, with Buddhist, Native American Spirituality, Sikh, and Hindu resources projected for this fall.  The Supplements include text studies and prayers, and can be studied individually or together.

Obstetric Fistula, a childbirth injury that leaves women bereaved, incontinent, and shunned, is estimated to affect more than 2 million women worldwide.  For more information on the causes of fistula, its cure and prevention, and ways to get involved, visit                        

Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 36 member faith groups -- from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches -- include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.

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