Religious Institute Staff

The staff of the Religious Institute are experts at reaching out to faith communities, creating congregational resources, leading trainings, organizing actions, and conducting research. We possess an understanding of theology, denominational bodies, and the diversity of American religious expression needed to create campaigns relevant to religious communities. In addition, we bring knowledge of the most pressing sexual, gender, and reproductive justice concerns in the public arena, approaching these concerns from the lens of faith-rooted, intersectional justice.

Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey

Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey is the President and CEO of the Religious Institute. She holds a Master’s in Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As president of the Religious Institute, Marie is able to put her love of Jesus to work alongside her passion for justice. She is a skilled communicator and relationship-builder, and delights in collaborating across faith traditions, justice movements, and all kinds of difference.

Marie came to the Religious Institute in 2011 and she served as Scholar in Residence, Director of Education and Training, and Deputy Director before becoming president in May of 2016.

Marie has a chapter on “Sexual Justice in an Age of Trump” in the 2017 book Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump and is the lead author of the Religious Institute publication Making the Invisible Visible: Bisexuality in Faith Communities. Marie speaks, teaches, and preaches regularly on faith and sexuality. She is a pastor with Metropolitan Community Churches and serves as volunteer assisting clergy at MCC Hartford, CT.

Marie holds a Master’s degree in French literature and taught French and Spanish in public secondary schools for the first twenty years of her career.