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.

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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We’re ready to keep fighting

December 21, 2016

In the coming year, your support will be crucial. We are likely to face challenges to sexual, reproductive, and LGBTQ rights from every angle imaginable—from federal and state governments, from those who claim the mantle of religion, and even from our neighbors. Like you, I am worried about these threats. But I know that we are strong, and […]

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Grief, Commitment, and Justice After the 2016 Election

November 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 November 9, 2016 This morning, many of us woke up to a reality we never imagined. This grueling campaign season has ended, and it has ended with President-Elect Trump. This does not embody the moral vision so many faith leaders stood up to articulate. This election season […]

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Religious Institute to Host AAR Panel on Sexuality in Theological Education

November 2, 2016

On November 19th, the Religious Institute will host a panel on addressing sexuality in graduate theological education at this year’s meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in San Antonio, TX. In the past seven years, since the publication of Sex and the Seminary, graduate theological schools have made enormous strides toward addressing sexuality […]

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Saying Their Names: Mourning the Loss of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott

September 23, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 September 23, 2016—As we continue to see violence enacted by the police on Black men, we at the Religious Institute say their names and mourn their deaths. Terence Crutcher. Keith Lamont Scott. Once again, we proclaim that when Black people are targeted by racist systems that perpetuate […]

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