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 Statement on Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida

June 12, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 June 12, 2016—Our hearts break for the victims of the shooting at “Latin Night” at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on the morning of June 12, 2016, and for their families and friends. We stand in solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer […]

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More Than 1,200 Religious Leaders Speak Out in Support of United Methodist LGBTQI Clergy

May 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 More Than 1,200 Religious Leaders Speak Out in Support of United Methodist LGBTQI Clergy May 18, 2016—More than a week ago, 111 United Methodist clergy and candidates released a “love letter” in which they came out to their denomination as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex people. Despite the […]

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Religious Institute Releases National Faith Leader Statement in Support of United Methodist LGBTQI Clergy

May 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 More than 60 National Religious Leaders Speak Out in Support of LGBTQI United Methodist Clergy Statement of support celebrates 111 United Methodist LGBTQI clergy, affirms the call of LGBTQI people to ministry, and prays for a world where sexual and gender diversity are understood as a blessing. […]

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The Religious Institute is Hiring!

March 16, 2016

The Religious Institute is no longer accepting applications for this position. The Religious Institute is hiring! We’re looking for a program director. This is a full time position that is location flexible. It involves 25%-35% travel. Salary $45,000- $55,000 Summary The Religious Institute is seeking a program director to join its staff, beginning in May […]

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In Advance of Supreme Court Arguments, Faith Communities Urge Justices to Protect Abortion Access

March 1, 2016

Because people of faith care about access to abortion, and recognize that women of color, immigrant women, young people, and individuals struggling to make ends meet are most harmed by barriers like those challenged in the US Supreme Court case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, several faith organizations participated in a National Weekend of Prayer for Reproductive Justice, and will rally this week to protect abortion access.

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National Weekend of Prayer in Support of Abortion Access Draws More Than 80 Religious Congregations

February 24, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 CONTACT: Natalie Raps, nraps@skdknick.com National Weekend of Prayer in Support of Abortion Access Draws More Than 80 Religious Congregations 10,000 People Across Multiple Faiths to Participate in Prayer Days before Supreme Court Reviews Texas Clinic Shutdown Law WASHINGTON, DC – Just days before the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in […]

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Marie Alford-Harkey Selected as Next President and CEO

February 9, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  February 8, 2016 CONTACT: Religious Institute: (203) 222-0055, info@religiousinstitute.org Religious Institute Board of Directors Proudly Names New President and CEO Marie Alford-Harkey brings years of experience, wealth of knowledge, strong relationships and a strong vision for the organization’s future Westport, CT — The Board of Directors of the Religious Institute is pleased […]

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National Weekend of Prayer for Reproductive Justice

February 4, 2016

Join the National Weekend of Prayer for Reproductive Justice: February 26-28. On Wednesday, March 2nd, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for the most important abortion case in more than two decades. This case has the potential to make it even more difficult for many in our communities to access safe, legal, […]

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