One hundred percent of foundations and faith-based organizations and 89 percent of secular organizations surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that it was important for the sexual and reproductive health and justice movement to do more to engage religious leaders and people of faith. However very few have dedicated resources to doing so.
There is a pressing need to address the morality of sexual and reproductive health decisions; in particular, those committed to sexual and reproductive justice must work to close the morality/legality divide and help the US public and lawmakers understand that abortion is a moral decision.
Many mainstream denominations and congregations have made significant progress in welcoming and affirming lesbian and gay people. …But the ‘B’ in the LGBT acronym is still largely ignored.
Since the Religious Institute released the groundbreaking guidebook, Bisexuality: Making Visible the Invisible in Faith Communities, understanding of bisexuality has increased among faith communities.
As part of WATER’s Feminist Conversations in Religion Series, Marie Alford-Harkey and Rev. Debra Haffner talk about their new book, Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities. They gave a 25-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. A recording and a transcript of the conversation is also available.
Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities is a call to action for faith leaders and congregations to make their faith communities “bisexually healthy” ones, where people who identify as bisexual see their experiences, gifts, and concerns reflected in worship, religious education, and congregational events.
The Religious Institute, a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society, has released a guidebook for inclusive religious spaces of those with fluid sexualities.
“We affirm, in accordance with each of our faith traditions, that ensuring equal access to contraceptives through insurance coverage is a moral good,” said the statement signed by 45 groups and appearing Tuesday on the website of the Religious Institute, a group that advocates for “sexual health, education and justice.”
I hope you will join us in praying for the Supreme Court Justices to assure religious liberty for all — and that you will also hold the millions of women who want and need birth control in their health insurance coverage in your hearts.
The Reverend Debra W. Haffner, the president of the Religious Institute and the primary coordinator behind the recent sign-on letter, said it’s a “myth” that people of faith don’t support family planning. “It is precisely because as faith leaders we know that life is sacred, that we believe that every woman must be able to plan her pregnancies intentionally without governmental interference and without her employer in her bedroom.