A Summer of Religious Resistance

September 18, 2017

Typically, summer is a time when things slow down in our offices. With some faith communities on hiatus and many religious leaders taking vacation, the pace of our work calms for a few weeks. This summer was quite different. With a full-throated attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and numerous opportunities for religious resistance, […]

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Introducing Our New Website and Logo

September 8, 2017

We’re happy to announce that, as of today, the Religious Institute has a brand new website and logo. Our team has been working on this project for many months, and we’re excited to share the results! As we approached both of these projects, we wanted to honor the Religious Institute’s history. In our logo, where there […]

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Religious Institute Responds to Decision to End DACA

September 6, 2017

The Religious Institute released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy set up during the Obama administration. DACA covers approximately 800,000 young people brought to the United States as minor and, under the program, they were allowed to receive a renewable two-year […]

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Statement on the Divine Gift of Sexual and Gender Diversity

August 30, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2017 CONTACT: Drew Konow | konow@religiousinstitute.org | 203-222-0055 Statement on the Divine Gift of Sexual and Gender Diversity Religious Institute president Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey responds to Nashville Statement Bridgeport, CT—Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey released the following statement in response to the “Nashville Statement” released by a group of evangelical religious leaders […]

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Research Confirms That Abstinence-Only Education Hurts Kids

August 23, 2017 • Forbes

“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-Semetic, Neo-Nazi Demonstrations and Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

August 14, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2017 CONTACT: Drew Konow | konow@religiousinstitute.org | 225-270-1936 Religious Institute Releases Statement Condemning White Supremacist, Racist, Anti-Semetic, 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

July 28, 2017

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

July 26, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2017 CONTACT: Drew Konow | konow@religiousinstitute.org | 225-270-1936 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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Pride Month events highlight importance of understanding, respectful care for LGBTQ neighbors

July 14, 2017 • Christiana Care News

Kentina Washington-Leapheart participated in a roundtable discussion at Christiana Care about LGBTQ Pride Month. Kentina Washington-Leapheart noted that individuals are multifaceted beyond their sexuality. “I’m not just an LGBTQ person. I am a woman of color, a mother, a minister,” she said. “I am not going to debate my humanity. I am human. I exist.”

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