Vayeshev – Genesis 37:1-40:23

Parashat Vayeshev continues the narrative of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs with a new generation. It follows the story of Joseph, most beloved son of Jacob, and includes vignettes about his complex family dynamics.

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Acherei Mot/Kedoshim – Leviticus 16:1-20:27

Gilead Sabbath ›› Worship Resources ›› Sermon Starters ›› Acherei Mot/Kedoshim Content These Torah portions contain a number of different accounts of God speaking to Moses and giving him guidelines around ways of living – in relation to God-self, to the world, and to fellow human beings. Leviticus 16 describes the Tabernacle ceremony for the festival of the Day […]

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Religious Institute Condemns President’s Attempt to Ban Transgender People From Serving in the Military, Calls for Action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, President Donald Trump announced via Twitter “that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.” Trump also called transgender service members a “distraction” and their medical care a “burden.” As […]

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Nearly 1,000 People of Faith and Religious Leaders Urge Senators to Protect Comprehensive, Affordable Health Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2017 CONTACT: Drew Konow | konow@religiousinstitute.org | 203-222-0055 Nearly 1,000 People of Faith and Religious Leaders Urge Senators to Protect Comprehensive, Affordable Health Care Hundreds of People of Faith Express Support for ACA, Medicaid Expansion, and Planned Parenthood; Hand Deliver Statement to Key Legislative Leaders as Clergy Gather at U.S. […]

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People of Faith Take Action to Protect Health Care

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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Pastoral is Political: Queer and Holy

The protest signs were blunt and without corporate logos. It was it was exactly the kind of worship I needed, and I turned to my friend with eyes brimming and said, “April and I are doing this next year!”

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Religious Institute Decries Executive Order on Religious Freedom

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 4, 2017 Religious Institute Decries Executive Order on Religious Freedom BRIDGEPORT, CT—The Religious Institute released the following statement in response to the executive order signed today by President Donald Trump: “As an organization dedicated to sexual, gender, and reproductive justice in faith communities and society, the Religious Institute decries President Trump’s […]

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Hundreds of Prominent Faith Leaders Oppose Anti-LGBTQ Measures Advancing in Texas Legislature

“The call for opposition was made via a letter coordinated by the Religious Institute and signed by more than 100 national religious leaders from across the country, and hand-delivered to legislative offices today with another letter signed by more than 200 Texas-based faith leaders. Texas clergy also gathered outside of the House chamber to pray and to take their message opposing discrimination directly to legislators.”

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Over 100 National Faith Leaders Join Texas Clergy in Opposition to Anti-LGBTQ Bills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 3, 2017 CONTACT: Tom Zigo | tom@precisionstrategies.com | 703-347-4327 More Than 100 Prominent Faith Leaders from Across the Country Join More Than 200 Texas Clergy in Urging Opposition to Series of Anti-LGBTQ Measures Rapidly Advancing in Texas Legislature Hundreds of Clergy Assert “Bathroom Bills” like HB 2899 and Cluster of Religious Refusal Bills […]

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