News & Updates

The Religious Institute offers its prophetic moral voice to the public discourse at the intersection of religion, sexuality, gender, and reproductive health. Below you will find our most recent updates & press releases. For press inquiries or further information about the Religious Institute, please contact Drew Konow at 203-222-0055 or konow@religiousinstitute.org. Please click here to join the Religious Institute Press List.

A Summer of Religious Resistance

September 18, 2017

Typically, summer is a time when things slow down in our offices. With some faith communities on hiatus and many religious leaders taking vacation, the pace of our work calms for a few weeks. This summer was quite different. With a full-throated attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and numerous opportunities for religious resistance, […]

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Introducing Our New Website and Logo

September 8, 2017

We’re happy to announce that, as of today, the Religious Institute has a brand new website and logo. Our team has been working on this project for many months, and we’re excited to share the results! As we approached both of these projects, we wanted to honor the Religious Institute’s history. In our logo, where there […]

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Religious Institute Responds to Decision to End DACA

September 6, 2017

The Religious Institute released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy set up during the Obama administration. DACA covers approximately 800,000 young people brought to the United States as minor and, under the program, they were allowed to receive a renewable two-year […]

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Statement on the Divine Gift of Sexual and Gender Diversity

August 30, 2017

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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Religious Institute Releases Statement Condemning White Supremacist, Racist, Anti-Semetic, Neo-Nazi Demonstrations and Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia

August 14, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2017 CONTACT: Drew Konow | konow@religiousinstitute.org | 225-270-1936 Religious Institute Releases Statement Condemning White Supremacist, Racist, Anti-Semetic, Neo-Nazi Demonstrations and Violence in Charlottesville, Virginia Bridgeport, CT—The Religious Institute condemns the hatred and violence of white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism, and neo-Nazi ideology displayed by protesters this weekend in Charlottesville, VA. These […]

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

July 28, 2017

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

July 26, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 26, 2017 CONTACT: Drew Konow | konow@religiousinstitute.org | 225-270-1936 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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Religious Institute decries murder of Charleena Lyles and acquittal of officer who murdered Philando Castile

June 20, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 20, 2017 Religious Institute decries murder of Charleena Lyles and acquittal of officer who murdered Philando Castile BRIDGEPORT, CT—The Religious Institute decries the murder of Charleena Lyles, a Black woman killed by a police officer, and the acquittal of the officer who murdered Philando Castile. As a faith-rooted organization committed to […]

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Religious Institute Seeks Religion and Social Justice Summer Intern

May 11, 2017

About the Religious Institute: The Religious Institute is a national, multifaith organization dedicated to educating and advocating for sexual, gender, and reproductive justice in faith communities and society. Position Description: The summer intern will help update and support existing Religious Institute programs, materials, and resources. The intern will learn about progressive religious advocacy for sexual, […]

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Religious Institute Decries Executive Order on Religious Freedom

May 4, 2017

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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