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

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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Op-Ed: Rediscovering God in Our LGBTQ Siblings

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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Statement from People of Faith on Shooting at Pulse in Orlando

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

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

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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Religious Institute Releases National Faith Leader Statement in Support of United Methodist LGBTQI Clergy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 More than 60 National Religious Leaders Speak Out in Support of LGBTQI United Methodist Clergy Statement of support celebrates 111 United Methodist LGBTQI clergy, affirms the call of LGBTQI people to ministry, and prays for a world where sexual and gender diversity are understood as a blessing. […]

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Statement in Support of United Methodist LGBTQI Clergy

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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