Research Confirms That Abstinence-Only Education Hurts Kids

“Not only are abstinence-only-until-marriage sexuality education programs ineffective, as this research shows, but they also violate the religious value of honesty, the moral agency of young people, and the dignity of worth of all people,” said Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey. “These programs do a disservice to our communities by propping up one narrow religious view of […]

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Religious Institute Releases Statement Condemning White Supremacist, Racist, Anti-Semitic, Neo-Nazi Demonstrations and Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2017 CONTACT: Drew Konow | konow@religiousinstitute.org | 203-222-0055 Religious Institute Releases Statement Condemning White Supremacist, Racist, Anti-Semitic, Neo-Nazi Demonstrations and Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia Bridgeport, CT—The Religious Institute condemns the hatred and violence of white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism, and neo-Nazi ideology displayed by protesters this weekend in Charlottesville, VA. These […]

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Religious Institute Condemns President’s Attempt to Ban Transgender People From Serving in the Military, Calls for Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter “that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” Trump also called transgender service members a “distraction” and their medical care a “burden.” As […]

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Nearly 1,000 People of Faith and Religious Leaders Urge Senators to Protect Comprehensive, Affordable Health Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2017 CONTACT: Drew Konow | konow@religiousinstitute.org | 203-222-0055 Nearly 1,000 People of Faith and Religious Leaders Urge Senators to Protect Comprehensive, Affordable Health Care Hundreds of People of Faith Express Support for ACA, Medicaid Expansion, and Planned Parenthood; Hand Deliver Statement to Key Legislative Leaders as Clergy Gather at U.S. […]

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People of Faith Take Action to Protect Health Care

As a person of faith, I believe that access to comprehensive and affordable health care is both a right and a moral imperative. My faith teaches me to care for those in need, consider the welfare of all people, and side with those who are poor, marginalized, and vulnerable. Denying health care to millions of […]

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Religious Institute decries murder of Charleena Lyles and acquittal of officer who murdered Philando Castile

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 20, 2017 Religious Institute decries murder of Charleena Lyles and acquittal of officer who murdered Philando Castile BRIDGEPORT, CT—The Religious Institute decries the murder of Charleena Lyles, a Black woman killed by a police officer, and the acquittal of the officer who murdered Philando Castile. As a faith-rooted organization committed to […]

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Religious Institute Seeks Religion and Social Justice Summer Intern

About the Religious Institute: The Religious Institute is a national, multifaith organization dedicated to educating and advocating for sexual, gender, and reproductive justice in faith communities and society. Position Description: The summer intern will help update and support existing Religious Institute programs, materials, and resources. The intern will learn about progressive religious advocacy for sexual, […]

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Religious Institute Decries Executive Order on Religious Freedom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 4, 2017 Religious Institute Decries Executive Order on Religious Freedom BRIDGEPORT, CT—The Religious Institute released the following statement in response to the executive order signed today by President Donald Trump: “As an organization dedicated to sexual, gender, and reproductive justice in faith communities and society, the Religious Institute decries President Trump’s […]

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Over 100 National Faith Leaders Join Texas Clergy in Opposition to Anti-LGBTQ Bills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 3, 2017 CONTACT: Tom Zigo | tom@precisionstrategies.com | 703-347-4327 More Than 100 Prominent Faith Leaders from Across the Country Join More Than 200 Texas Clergy in Urging Opposition to Series of Anti-LGBTQ Measures Rapidly Advancing in Texas Legislature Hundreds of Clergy Assert “Bathroom Bills” like HB 2899 and Cluster of Religious Refusal Bills […]

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