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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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: […]
There is nothing new about religious organizations supporting the provision of contraception and women’s moral agency to decide when, whether, and if to use birth control. More than 20 denominations have policies affirming birth control, passed as early as 1959.
Major Mainstream Religious Leaders Support White House on Contraceptive Coverage In Health Care Reform
Thirty-one major mainstream religious leaders released a statement supporting the January 20, 2012 announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that contraceptive services must be covered by most insurance policies without deductibles or co-pays, and that only purely sectarian organizations are exempt from this requirement.
The Religious Institute, a multi-faith organization dedicated to sexual health, education and justice, calls on the nation’s clergy once again to speak out in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens and young adults in recognition of National Coming Out Day, which is October 11.
Ten years ago, a multifaith group of religious leaders issued the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing, a 500-word call for sexual justice that affirms full inclusion of women and LGBT persons and a faith-based commitment to reproductive rights.
“This new resource is consistent with the administration’s view that young people must receive the information they need to make responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.”