SCOTUS: DOMA Unconstitutional, Prop 8 Lacks Standing

STATEMENT FROM THE REV. DEBRA W. HAFFNER, PRESIDENT, RELIGIOUS INSTITUTE, ON SCOTUS MARRIAGE DECISIONS As religious leaders, we celebrate the Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality and that the Defense of Marriage Act has been declared unconstitutional. The faiths we affirm challenge us to speak and act for justice for all who seek to express […]

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New Study Finds High Clergy Internet Use; Guidelines Lacking

In the fall of 2012, the Religious Institute surveyed clergy in the Religious Institute database of progressive religious leaders regarding congregational and personal use of the Internet and social media, with a focus on sexuality issues. The survey responses indicated that while a majority of clergy and congregations have an active social media presence, there are […]

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More Than 1000 Diverse Religious Leaders Support Birth Control

More Than 1000 Diverse Religious Leaders Support Birth Control Religious Institute Applauds Proposed Rule on Family Planning Access for All Women February 6, 2013—More than 1000 religious leaders from across the theological spectrum have joined together to support safe, affordable, accessible, and comprehensive family planning services. They demonstrated their support by endorsing the new Open […]

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Multifaith Coalition Supports Family Planning For All As A Moral Imperative

September 13, 2012—Today, thirty-eight national religious leaders from across the theological spectrum have joined together in urging universal access to safe, affordable, accessible, and comprehensive family planning services, including increased U.S. support for domestic and global programs. Participating faith leaders include 7 current and former presidents of national denominations including the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black […]

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Religious Institute Statement on The United Methodist Church Decision: “Sexual and gender oppression can no longer be portrayed as virtuous and morally defensible”

May 8, 2012—The Religious Institute, a multi-faith organization dedicated to sexual health, education and justice, has issued a statement regarding The United Methodist Church’s decision General Conference not to remove the doctrinal language that states, “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.” Twenty-six major mainstream religious leaders have endorsed the statement, which reads: […]

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