The Religious Institute is a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual, gender, and reproductive health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. More than 8,500 clergy, seminary presidents and deans, religious scholars, and people of faith representing more than 70 faith traditions are part of the Religious Institute’s national religious leaders network.

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Thousands of religious leaders have endorsed the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing, joining the call for prophetic religious leadership on sexual, gender, and reproductive justice.

Our Issues

LGBTQ Justice

We help people of faith and religious leaders create new understandings of sexual and gender diversity and promote justice for LGBTQ people in all areas of religious and public life.

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Reproductive Justice

We work with religious leaders to identify reproductive justice concerns, integrate reproductive justice into every aspect of their faith, and take action for reproductive justice at the local, state, and national level.

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Preparing Religious Leaders

We work to ensure that current and future religious professionals have the education, skills, and commitment to be sexually healthy and responsible leaders.

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Sexuality Education

We connect people of faith with resources, curricula, and publications to help implement lifelong, age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education in faith communities, schools, and graduate theological institutions.

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Worship Resources

Find resources for lifting up sexual, gender, and reproductive justice in worship. Access preaching resources, prayers, and responsive readings.

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Advocacy Resources

Find resources for taking action on sexual, gender, and reproductive justice both in your faith community and at the local, state, and national level.

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Online Courses

We’re training the next generation of religious professionals to be sexually healthy and responsible. Courses available for Christian, Jewish, and UU religious professionals.

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Publications

Our open letters, congregational guidebooks, and research reports help congregations, religious leaders, seminaries, and denominations become more sexually healthy.

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Denominational Statements Database

The Denominational Statements Database collects in one place the most up-to-date information about the  official positions of all major U.S. religious denominations on issues related to gender, sexuality, and reproductive justice.

Current Projects

Safer Congregations Project: Providing congregations with policies, procedures, and best practices to create sexually healthy and responsible faith communities where children, youth and vulnerable adults are safe from sexual abuse, harassment, and misconduct. 

Bisexuality Initiative: Helping faith communities welcome and embrace bisexual+ people, reflect theologically on sexuality beyond binaries, and take action to heal the suffering caused by bisexual erasure and marginalization.

Sexually Healthy and Responsible Seminaries Project: Partnering with seminaries, divinity, and rabbinical schools to cultivate sexual education, health, and justice in their curricula, student life, and institutional policies and practices. 

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