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.

Nearly 1,300 Religious Leaders Sign Historic Brief Urging Supreme Court to Preserve a Woman’s Right to Abortion

January 5, 2016

(Westport, Connecticut) — Yesterday, 17 religious organizations and almost 1300 religious leaders submitted a faith-based amicus brief in the Supreme Court case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. This case challenges parts of Texas’s clinic shutdown law, known as H.B. 2, which imposes medically unnecessary, burdensome requirements on abortion providers and clinics. The Religious Institute and Just […]

Read More

A Year of Sexual Justice

December 23, 2015

Thank you for your support of the Religious Institute in 2015.  View our end of year video to see how you helped us make a difference. You can help us continue to work for sexual justice in faith communities and society with a year-end donation. Thank you!

Read More

Religious Institute Holiday Greetings

December 23, 2015

The staff of the Religious Institute wishes everyone Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year. Our offices will close on December 24, 2015, and will re-open on January 4, 2016.

Read More

Statement on Shooting at Planned Parenthood, Colorado Springs

November 30, 2015

In the wake of the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and to all who are affected by this act of violence. The Religious Institute renews its commitment to stand with Planned Parenthood and with all women’s healthcare providers. As people of faith, we […]

Read More

Religious Institute Seeks Next President/CEO

October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015 — The Board of Directors of the Religious Institute has announced the search for its next President and CEO.  A detailed job description is posted at below.  To apply, send a cover letter and resume to by October 23, 2015. JOB DESCRIPTION President & CEO, Religious Institute (Location flexible) About the Religious Institute Founded […]

Read More

45 National Religious Leaders Stand With Planned Parenthood

September 28, 2015

September 28, 2015—Today, 45 nationally recognized religious leaders released a joint statement supporting Planned Parenthood and urging Congress to resist efforts to deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood’s health centers – which serve 2.7 million people each year. Together, these Protestant, Jewish, Catholic, Unitarian Universalist, and Muslim leaders agreed: “As religious leaders, we urge Congress […]

Read More

Celebrate Bisexuality Awareness Day

September 9, 2015

The Religious Institute invites you to join us in celebrating Bisexuality Awareness Day on Wednesday, September 23. In celebration, attend a free webinar on bisexuality and take advantage of discounts on our guidebook Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities. For a limited time, you can even request a free Religious Institute workshop or talk on bisexuality for your clergy group, faith […]

Read More

Rev. Debra W. Haffner Announces Retirement

September 1, 2015

Reverend Debra W. Haffner Announces Her Retirement As President Of Religious Institute, Inc. After 15 years, Rev. Haffner will step down April 30, 2016 Westport, CT, September 1, 2015 – Rev. Debra W. Haffner announced today that she will step down as president of Religious Institute at the end of April 2016.  Rev. Haffner co-founded […]

Read More

People of Faith Stand With Planned Parenthood

August 26, 2015

It is more important than ever that people of faith stand with Planned Parenthood. Please add your name to this petition and share it widely. Over the weekend of August 21-23, more than 300 protests were scheduled at Planned Parenthood clinics around the country. The good news is that in many locations, supporters of Planned […]

Read More