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.

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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