People of Faith Take Action to Protect Health Care

July 26, 2017

As a person of faith, I believe that access to comprehensive and affordable health care is both a right and a moral imperative. My faith teaches me to care for those in need, consider the welfare of all people, and side with those who are poor, marginalized, and vulnerable. Denying health care to millions of […]

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National Faith Leader Statement on Anti-LGBTQ Bills

May 1, 2017

As religious leaders and people of faith, we are committed to creating a society that embraces the diversity of God’s creation and affirms the inherent dignity, agency, and worth of people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. We believe all people must be free to express their gender and sexuality, unburdened by discrimination, unequal […]

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As People of Faith, We #StandWithPP

March 10, 2017

To endorse the statement below, please fill out this form. As religious leaders and people of faith, we give thanks for the compassionate health care Planned Parenthood provides. Planned Parenthood is an integral part of our health care system, providing access to reproductive and preventative health care to people of all ages, races, gender identities, […]

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Gavin Grimm Brief (Transgender Justice)

March 2, 2017

More than 1,800 clergy and religious leaders signed this friend-of-the-court brief in Gloucester County School Board v. GG, the first-ever case on transgender rights to go before the Supreme Court. The brief acknowledges the diversity of faith traditions that honor the inherent dignity and worth of transgender people and the long-standing presence of transgender people in faith […]

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Statement from People of Faith on Shooting at Pulse in Orlando

June 13, 2016

As people of faith, we decry the tragic shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016, and we lament the harm done in this act of violence. Our faith traditions call us to love one another, to mourn those who have died, to comfort the despairing, to speak out against injustice, […]

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Statement in Support of United Methodist LGBTQI Clergy

May 15, 2016

On Monday, May 9, 2016, 111 United Methodist clergy and candidates released a letter in which they came out to their denomination as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex people. Responding to their coming out, on May 16, 2016, a broad coalition of national faith leaders outside of the United Methodist Church released […]

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National Faith Statement on Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

April 6, 2016

Nearly 1,000 Clergy and 2,500 People of Faith Respond to New State Anti-LGBTQ Legislation Responding to the passage of the North Carolina and Mississippi laws and to anti-LGBTQ legislation being considered throughout the country, today a broad faith coalition released a statement urging public officials to “reject anti-LGBTQ and, specifically, anti-transgender legislation and to commit […]

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Whole Woman’s Health Brief (Access to Abortion)

January 5, 2016

The Religious Institute and Just Texas coordinated faith leaders to join this amicus brief in support of abortion access. Seventeen 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 […]

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Statement on Shooting at Planned Parenthood, Colorado Springs

November 30, 2015

In the wake of the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and to all who are affected by this act of violence. The Religious Institute renews its commitment to stand with Planned Parenthood and with all women’s healthcare providers. As people of faith, we […]

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National Religious Leaders Stand With Planned Parenthood

September 28, 2015

In September of 2015, 44 nationally recognized religious leaders released this 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 Christian, Jewish, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, and Muslim leaders agreed: “As religious leaders, we urge […]

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