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.

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

May 3, 2017

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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150+ Faith Communities to Participate in National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice

March 24, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, March 24, 2017 Angela Dallara | angela@freedomforallamericans.org | 646.430.3925 150+ Faith Communities to Participate in National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice Sermons, services, and prayers in support of transgender justice will take place across the country ahead of Transgender Day of Visibility WASHINGTON — This weekend, religious leaders, clergy, and people of faith from more than 150 congregations in more than 35 states will participate […]

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Nearly 2000 Clergy, Faith Leaders Sign Amicus Brief in Support of Transgender Protections

March 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2017 Angela Dallara | angela@freedomforallamericans.org | 646.430.3925 Nearly 2000 Clergy, Faith Leaders Sign Amicus Brief in Support of Transgender Protections WASHINGTON – Today more than 1,800 clergy and religious leaders signed a friend-of-the-court brief in Gloucester County School Board v. GG, the first-ever case on transgender rights to go before […]

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Religious Institute Releases Statement from People of Faith in Support of Planned Parenthood

March 1, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 Religious Institute Releases Statement from People of Faith in Support of Planned Parenthood Statement urges Congress to abandon attempts to deny funds for Planned Parenthood, calls for access to health care, lifts up values of love of neighbor and care for the vulnerable. March 1, 2017—Today, people […]

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Religious Institute Condemns Executive Orders on Refugees, Immigration, and Border Policies; Calls People of Faith to Action

January 30, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 January 30, 2017—On Wednesday, January 25, the president of the United States signed 2 executive orders on immigration and border policies. The orders call for the construction of a wall on the US-Mexico border, adding 5,000 border patrol agents and 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers […]

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“We won’t back down” – Last chance to donate in 2016

December 30, 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, I’m writing one last time to ask you to make a donation in support of the Religious Institute. In the face of challenge after challenge, we fought back in 2016. We’re ready to keep fighting for sexual, gender, and reproductive justice in 2017, and we won’t back down. We want you […]

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Unpacking the Religious Institute’s Panel at AAR

December 21, 2016

Kentina Washington, Director of Programs for Reproductive Justice and Sexuality Education, shared the following reflection in the December Edition of “Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary,” the Religious Institute’s newsletter on gender, sexuality, and graduate theological education. Click here to subscribe to Sexuality. Dear readers, I can hardly believe 2016 is coming to a close! Undoubtedly, […]

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