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 Please click here to join the Religious Institute Press List.

Religious Institute Responds to Rollback of Contraceptive Coverage

The Religious Institute issued the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to allow employers broad exemptions to the requirement to cover birth control without co-pay in their insurance plans.  Today, the Trump Administration issued a rule that would allow employers to refuse to cover contraception in their health insurance plan based on a “sincere […]

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A Summer of Religious Resistance

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

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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2017 CONTACT: Drew Konow | | 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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