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.

Congratulations to our President & CEO on Her Ordination

On Saturday, August 27, 2016, Religious Institute president and CEO Rev. Marie Alford-Harkey was ordained as a pastor in the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC). The Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of the UFMCC, performed the Rite of Ordination. The Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner, President Emerita of the Religious Institute, spoke […]

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Announcing “Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary”: Our Newsletter on Gender, Sexuality, and Graduate Theological Education

Sign up today to receive “Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary,” the Religious Institute’s newsletter on gender, sexuality, and graduate theological education. This month, the Religious Institute is releasing the first edition of “Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary,” our newsletter on gender, sexuality, and graduate theological education. The newsletter will share Religious Institute […]

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Op-Ed: Rediscovering God in Our LGBTQ Siblings

In response to the event, Religious Institute president and CEO Marie Alford-Harkey penned an op-ed for the Huffington Post called “Rediscovering God in Our LGBTQ Siblings.” She makes the case for why, as people of faith, we must hold those with power accountable for their words and actions while working to create a just world.

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A Call to Action in Response to Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 July 7, 2016—Religious Institute president Marie Alford-Harkey released the following statement in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. “Today we awoke to the news of another police officer shooting and killing a black man. As an organization committed to seeking the ideal of wholeness for […]

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Religious Institute Celebrates Supreme Court Decision on Abortion Access

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Konow, konow@religiousinstitute.org, 203-222-0055 June 27, 2016—This morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a 5-3 decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, ruling that the restrictions in Texas’ HB2 law place an undue burden on abortion access and violate the U.S. Constitution. Commenting on the decision, Religious Institute president Marie […]

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Religious Institute Welcomes Kentina Washington

The Religious Institute is delighted to welcome Kentina Washington, M.Div. as our new Program Director for Reproductive Justice and Sexuality Education! Kentina has a love for justice and education and extensive experience in pastoral care and chaplaincy. She is passionate about helping communities of faith be thoughtful, courageous, and responsible in the care of their […]

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Religious Institute Statement on Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida

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

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

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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