This Weekend: Join the National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry On Tuesday, April 28th, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments that could lead to the freedom to marry for the entire country. In preparation for this historic case, the Religious Institute and 18 partner organizations have called for a […]
Religious Institute President Rev. Debra W. Haffner writes in the Huffington Post about Indiana’s “religious freedom” law. “Laws that claim to be based on religious freedom but allow bakers and photographers to refuse their wares to same-sex couples — or pharmacists to deny birth control or anti-depressants — or employers to deny the inclusion of […]
Prayers and responsive readings for the National Weekend for the Freedom to Marry, observed in 2015 before the Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges.
Today, March 6, nearly 2,000 religious leaders urged the United States Supreme Court to rule in favor of the freedom to marry in an amicus, or “friend-of-the-court,” brief (click here to read the brief). The Religious Institute partnered with Freedom to Marry to engage religious leaders on this historic case, and our joint efforts garnered nearly […]
The Religious Institute’s Deputy Director, Marie Alford-Harkey, will moderate the session, “Bisexually Healthy Faith Communities,” at the 27th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, February 4–8, 2015. Plenary sessions will be livestreamed. “Bisexually Healthy Faith Communities” is scheduled for Friday, February 6, […]
Gilead Sabbath ›› Social Action Resources ›› Social Media Calls to Action You’ll find here practical ways that your community can stand with LGBTQ people in the U.S. and across the globe that can be easily shared on social media. Click on any of the below images to download them here, and share them with your community using the hashtag #GileadSabbath. This is a […]
Gilead Sabbath ›› Educational Resources ›› Religious Export of LGBTQ Prejudice Religion has been a primary medium for cultivating anti-LGBTQ prejudice among African people, especially people of faith. Below is a brief synopsis of the ways religion is being used against the rights, health, and security of LGBTQ Africans. The Gilead Sabbath Initiative as well as the education, prayer, and […]
Gilead Sabbath ›› Educational Resources ›› Social Media-Friendly Facts You’ll find here facts about the experiences of LGBTQ people in the U.S. and across the globe that are easily shared on social media. Click on any of the below images to download them here, and share them with your community using the hashtag #GileadSabbath. This is a tech-savvy way to […]
Gilead Sabbath ›› Educational Resources ›› Sample Flyer This flyer provides a succinct summary of the realities of LGBTQ people in Africa and the aims of the Gilead Sabbath Initiative. You could include it with your bulletin on the day of your Gilead Sabbath service, use it as introductory materials for a religious education course, or make it available at a […]
The first-hand stories and experiences of LGBTQ people would provide an excellent foundation for a religious education course. A collection of video stories, originally part of the Religious Institute’s Gilead Sabbath Initiative.