Marie Alford-Harkey Selected as Next President and CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 8, 2016 CONTACT: Religious Institute: (203) 222-0055, info@religiousinstitute.org Religious Institute Board of Directors Proudly Names New President and CEO Marie Alford-Harkey brings years of experience, wealth of knowledge, strong relationships and a strong vision for the organization’s future Westport, CT — The Board of Directors of the Religious Institute is pleased […]

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Nearly 1,300 Religious Leaders Sign Historic Brief Urging Supreme Court to Preserve a Woman’s Right to Abortion

(Westport, Connecticut) — Yesterday, 17 religious organizations and almost 1300 religious leaders submitted a faith-based amicus brief in the Supreme Court case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. This case challenges parts of Texas’s clinic shutdown law, known as H.B. 2, which imposes medically unnecessary, burdensome requirements on abortion providers and clinics. The Religious Institute and Just […]

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45 National Religious Leaders Stand With Planned Parenthood

September 28, 2015—Today, 45 nationally recognized religious leaders released a joint statement supporting Planned Parenthood and urging Congress to resist efforts to deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood’s health centers – which serve 2.7 million people each year. Together, these Protestant, Jewish, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, and Muslim leaders agreed: “As religious leaders, we urge Congress […]

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Rev. Debra W. Haffner Announces Retirement

Reverend Debra W. Haffner Announces Her Retirement As President Of Religious Institute, Inc. After 15 years, Rev. Haffner will step down April 30, 2016 Westport, CT, September 1, 2015 – Rev. Debra W. Haffner announced today that she will step down as president of Religious Institute at the end of April 2016.  Rev. Haffner co-founded […]

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Religious Institute, Freedom to Marry to Host National Weekend of Prayer

Faith events from April 24-26 will highlight support for same-sex couples’ right to marry New York— With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear oral arguments in marriage cases on Tuesday April 28, Freedom to Marry in partnership with the Religious Institute and 18 other religious organizations is hosting the National Weekend of Prayer for […]

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Nearly 2,000 Religious Leaders Sign Historic Amicus Brief

Today, March 6, nearly 2,000 religious leaders urged the United States Supreme Court to rule in favor of the freedom to marry in an amicus, or “friend-of-the-court,” brief (click here to read the brief). The Religious Institute partnered with Freedom to Marry to engage religious leaders on this historic case, and our joint efforts garnered nearly […]

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Religious Institute Realeases Guidebook on Bisexuality and Faith Communities

The Religious Institute calls on Faith Leaders to Break Silence About Bisexuality and Fully Welcome Bisexuals into their Congregations New guidebook helps congregations minister to bisexual people and their families WESTPORT, CT, June 25, 2014 – Acceptance of gay and lesbian clergy and same-sex married couples is growing in faith communities across the United States, but […]

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National Religious Leaders Affirm Access to Birth Control in Advance of SCOTUS Hearing

March 18, 2014—Today, 47 nationally recognized religious leaders released a joint statement supporting universal access to contraception, and affirming that equal access to contraceptives through insurance coverage is a moral good.  The statement comes one week before the U.S. Supreme Court hears two cases by private companies to deny women birth control coverage in their […]

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