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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Pastoral is Political: Queer and Holy

July 10, 2017 • RevGalBlogPals

The protest signs were blunt and without corporate logos. It was it was exactly the kind of worship I needed, and I turned to my friend with eyes brimming and said, “April and I are doing this next year!”

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Religious Institute decries murder of Charleena Lyles and acquittal of officer who murdered Philando Castile

June 20, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 20, 2017 Religious Institute decries murder of Charleena Lyles and acquittal of officer who murdered Philando Castile BRIDGEPORT, CT—The Religious Institute decries the murder of Charleena Lyles, a Black woman killed by a police officer, and the acquittal of the officer who murdered Philando Castile. As a faith-rooted organization committed to […]

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Religious Institute Seeks Religion and Social Justice Summer Intern

May 11, 2017

About the Religious Institute: The Religious Institute is a national, multifaith organization dedicated to educating and advocating for sexual, gender, and reproductive justice in faith communities and society. Position Description: The summer intern will help update and support existing Religious Institute programs, materials, and resources. The intern will learn about progressive religious advocacy for sexual, […]

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Religious Institute Decries Executive Order on Religious Freedom

May 4, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 4, 2017 Religious Institute Decries Executive Order on Religious Freedom BRIDGEPORT, CT—The Religious Institute released the following statement in response to the executive order signed today by President Donald Trump: “As an organization dedicated to sexual, gender, and reproductive justice in faith communities and society, the Religious Institute decries President Trump’s […]

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Hundreds of Prominent Faith Leaders Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Measures Advancing in Texas Legislature

May 3, 2017 • LGBT Weekly

“The call for opposition was made via a letter coordinated by the Religious Institute and signed by more than 100 national religious leaders from across the country, and hand-delivered to legislative offices today with another letter signed by more than 200 Texas-based faith leaders. Texas clergy also gathered outside of the House chamber to pray and to take their message opposing discrimination directly to legislators.”

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