Under Water: Waiting for the Flood (of Awareness) in Louisiana

August 18, 2016 • Religion Dispatches

I hope these will not be the only stories the media will miss. I hope there will also be stories of renewed awakening and commitment to the liberation of all people; stories of Louisiana finding ways to rebuild that don’t compound its histories of racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism.

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Announcing “Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary”: Our Newsletter on Gender, Sexuality, and Graduate Theological Education

August 16, 2016

Sign up today to receive “Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary,” the Religious Institute’s newsletter on gender, sexuality, and graduate theological education. This month, the Religious Institute is releasing the first edition of “Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary,” our newsletter on gender, sexuality, and graduate theological education. The newsletter will share Religious Institute […]

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Op-Ed: Rediscovering God in Our LGBTQ Siblings

August 15, 2016

In response to the event, Religious Institute president and CEO Marie Alford-Harkey penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post called “Rediscovering God in Our LGBTQ Siblings.” She makes the case for why, as people of faith, we must hold those with power accountable for their words and actions while working to create a just world.

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Voices Of Faith Speak For Abortion Rights

July 18, 2016 • The Huffington Post

From the compassionate spiritual care of chaplains at abortion clinics to the millions of lay people working to end abortion stigma, religious support goes largely unnoticed. This contributes to a widely held misconception that all people of faith and religious leaders oppose abortion access.

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A Call to Action in Response to Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

July 7, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 July 7, 2016—Religious Institute president Marie Alford-Harkey released the following statement in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. “Today we awoke to the news of another police officer shooting and killing a black man. As an organization committed to seeking the ideal of wholeness for […]

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Religious Institute Celebrates Supreme Court Decision on Abortion Access

June 27, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 June 27, 2016—This morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a 5-3 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, ruling that the restrictions in Texas’ HB2 law place an undue burden on abortion access and violate the U.S. Constitution. Commenting on the decision, Religious Institute president Marie […]

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Religious Institute Welcomes Kentina Washington

June 16, 2016

The Religious Institute is delighted to welcome Kentina Washington, M.Div. as our new Program Director for Reproductive Justice and Sexuality Education! Kentina has a love for justice and education and extensive experience in pastoral care and chaplaincy. She is passionate about helping communities of faith be thoughtful, courageous, and responsible in the care of their […]

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Religious Institute Statement on Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida

June 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 June 12, 2016—Our hearts break for the victims of the shooting at “Latin Night” at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on the morning of June 12, 2016, and for their families and friends. We stand in solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer […]

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More Than 1,200 Religious Leaders Speak Out in Support of United Methodist LGBTQI Clergy

May 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 More Than 1,200 Religious Leaders Speak Out in Support of United Methodist LGBTQI Clergy May 18, 2016—More than a week ago, 111 United Methodist clergy and candidates released a “love letter” in which they came out to their denomination as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex people. Despite the […]

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