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.

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, 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, 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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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 […]

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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!

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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.

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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 […]

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