Congregational Guidebooks

The Religious Institute publishes congregational guidebooks to help faith communities address a variety of sexuality issues. It is our hope that these practical guides will be relevant or adaptable for a broad spectrum of U.S. religious congregations. All of our congregational guidebooks are available for purchase in our online store. International customers, please email us for options.

Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities

By Marie Alford- Harkey and Rev. Debra W. Haffner

This congregational guidebook helps faith communities and religious leaders become more "bisexually healthy" by breaking the silence around bisexuality and celebrating the B in LGBT.


A Time To Build: Creating Sexually Healthy Faith Communities, 2nd Edition

By Rev. Debra W. Haffner

A Time To Build outlines the building blocks of a sexually healthy faith community. Updated and Expanded 2012 Edition.

A Time To Speak: Faith Communities and Sexuality Education, 3rd Edition

A Time To Speak affirms the unique role of congregations in providing sexuality education and explains how congregations can provide sexuality education directly and support sexuality education in the community. Updated and Expanded 2011 Edition.

A Time To Seek: Study Guide on Sexual and Gender Diversity

By Timothy Palmer and Rev. Debra W. Haffner

A Time To Seek reviews sociological, public health and scientific data on sexual and gender diversity, and considers key Scriptural passages in light of contemporary understandings of sexuality issues from a multi-faith perspective.


A Time To Be Born: A Faith-Based Guide to Assisted Reproductive Technology

A Time to be Born is the first multifaith resource to address the scientific and ethical complexities of reproductive technologies from a religious perspective and to provide practical advice to religious leaders to help the people they serve who struggle with these issues.

A Time to Heal: Protecting Children and Ministering to Sex Offenders

By Rev. Debra W. Haffner

This book helps congregations put in place policies and procedures to keep children and vulnerable adults safe as well as offer a worship community to a person with a history of sex offenses.