Statement on the Divine Gift of Sexual and Gender Diversity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2017 CONTACT: Drew Konow | konow@religiousinstitute.org | 203-222-0055 Statement on the Divine Gift of Sexual and Gender Diversity Religious Institute president Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey responds to Nashville Statement Bridgeport, CT—Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey released the following statement in response to the “Nashville Statement” released by a group of evangelical religious leaders […]

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The Response to the National Weekend of Prayer for Trangender Justice

We’re humbled by your responses to the National Weekend of PrayerMore than 150 faith communities and thousands of people of faith joined together in prayer, education, and action for transgender justice. Here are some of the photos, videos, sermons, and social media posts you shared with us. Photos Click the arrows on the side of the […]

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Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles The National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice is a collaborative effort rooted in partnership. The following principles have guided the partnerships, resources, and outreach that went into creating the National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice. The Religious Institute shares these guiding principles in hopes that faith communities may join in embodying […]

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Prayers – Gilead Sabbath

Sample prayers created for the Gilead Sabbath Initiative, reflecting on the violence, discrimination, and persecution LGBTQ people face in the U.S. and abroad.

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Worship Resources for Healthcare

Prayers and responsive readings lifting up the value of access to comprehensive, affordable health care. Written in 2017 in response to attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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Proper 8B – 2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; Mark 5:21-43

Content In the reading from 2 Samuel, David laments for lost lives of those he loved. In his mourning, he speaks of his love for Jonathan –“greatly beloved were you to me; your love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women” (v. 26). In addition to suggesting a romantic love with Jonathan, David’s […]

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Trinity Sunday B – John 3:1-17

Content Nicodemus talks with Jesus, and Jesus speaks about the importance of being born from above, or being born anew. Nicodemus asks Jesus, “How can anyone be born after having grown old?” Jesus replies emphasizing the importance of being born of “water and Spirit.” Nicodemus does not understand. He continues to question Jesus. Jesus acknowledges […]

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Easter 7B – John 17: 6-19

Content In the 17th chapter of John’s gospel, Jesus is praying to God in the prayer just before his crucifixion. In this particular portion of the prayer, Jesus prays for the unity and protection of his disciples in a hostile world. He begins by describing the work that God gave him to do – making […]

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Pentecost C – Acts 2: 1-21

Gilead Sabbath ›› Worship Resources ›› Sermon Starters ›› May 15—Pentecost C Content This passage from Acts describes the coming of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes on the day of Pentecost, a Jewish festival celebrated fifty days after Passover, when Jesus’ disciples were all together in one place. In the midst of this festival, there is […]

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