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Louisiana Faith Leader Advocacy Council (LFLAC)

of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast

Our Mission

The Louisiana Faith Leader Advocacy Council (LFLAC) of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) stands up, speaks out, and supports all residents of Louisiana in need of compassion and care. Comprised of members from diverse religious traditions, LFLAC is united by a shared mission of demonstrating fierce love and compassionate advocacy to create a more just, equitable, and healthy Louisiana.

This initiative is led by PPGC in Louisiana. PPGC provides expert, nonjudgmental sexual and reproductive health care, education, and advocacy, operating two health centers in Louisiana — one in New Orleans and one in Baton Rouge — and six in the greater-Houston area.


We invite you to join our sacred mission of creating a safe space to honor our diversity and support our differences as they lead us to a unified understanding of our work toward building a more just, equitable, and healthy Louisiana. Learn more and get involved by emailing [email protected]and spread the word about LFLAC with this downloadable one-pager.


Participation and Relationships/Resources

We live out our religious values in LFLAC by:

  • Developing working relationships between congregations and legislators to better advocate for our communities, with support from PPGC.
  • Supporting clergy council and their congregations by providing training on educational, health care, and advocacy resources available through PPGC.
  • Empowering our lay leaders, neighbors, and Planned Parenthood patients to join our shared leadership and speak out in support of Planned Parenthood’s mission of reproductive freedom for all.
  • Honoring important moments and milestones through rituals reflecting diverse traditions and values.
  • Gathering in conversation in a spirit of love and productivity as we model how to stay in relationship, even when we may disagree.
  • Quarterly participation, whether directly or via representative, in LFLAC efforts throughout the year.

LFLAC Co-Chair: Rev. Darcy Roake

Rev. Darcy Roake is a Unitarian Universalist Minister who is currently pursuing a PhD in History at Tulane University with a focus on reproductive health and justice movements. Reverend Roake formerly served as the Minister at Community Church Unitarian Universalist, a sanctuary congregation in New Orleans. She has a wide background in social justice and pastoral care in settings as varied as Oxfam America, Amnesty International, the United Nations, the Navajo Nation Public Defender's Office, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Darcy received a B.A. in Religious Studies from Brown University and graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She is a former member of the Foundation for Louisiana’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Advisory Committee, a former Mellon Fellow, and was named a "Faith Leader to Watch in 2016" by the Center for American Progress. She has published essays in Guernica, The New Orleans Advocate and Huffington Post, among other venues. 

LFLAC Co-Chair: Glenda Spears

Glenda Spears is owner and lead consultant of The gas Company NOLA, a small New Orleans-based workforce consulting firm established in 2005 that specializes in providing human resources, networking, and program development solutions for small to medium projects in and outside of Louisiana. Glenda is a proud mother and member of The Sixth Baptist Church in New Orleans and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Through her work at the gas Company, Glenda has helped coordinate outreach and engagement for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast since March 2020 with a focus on the faith-based community and ensuring that Planned Parenthood’s legislative agenda is uplifted and supported in Louisiana.

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