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 all of our updates. 

Religious Institute Responds to Decision to End DACA

The Religious Institute released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy set up during the Obama administration. DACA covers approximately 800,000 young people brought to the United States as minor and, under the program, they were allowed to receive a renewable two-year […]

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Religious Institute Seeks Religion and Social Justice Summer Intern

About the Religious Institute: The Religious Institute is a national, multifaith organization dedicated to educating and advocating for sexual, gender, and reproductive justice in faith communities and society. Position Description: The summer intern will help update and support existing Religious Institute programs, materials, and resources. The intern will learn about progressive religious advocacy for sexual, […]

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“We won’t back down” – Last chance to donate in 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, I’m writing one last time to ask you to make a donation in support of the Religious Institute. In the face of challenge after challenge, we fought back in 2016. We’re ready to keep fighting for sexual, gender, and reproductive justice in 2017, and we won’t back down. We want you […]

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Unpacking the Religious Institute’s Panel at AAR

Kentina Washington, Director of Programs for Reproductive Justice and Sexuality Education, shared the following reflection in the December Edition of “Sexuality: From the Seminary to the Sanctuary,” the Religious Institute’s newsletter on gender, sexuality, and graduate theological education. Click here to subscribe to Sexuality. Dear readers, I can hardly believe 2016 is coming to a close! Undoubtedly, […]

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We’re ready to keep fighting

In the coming year, your support will be crucial. We are likely to face challenges to sexual, reproductive, and LGBTQ rights from every angle imaginable—from federal and state governments, from those who claim the mantle of religion, and even from our neighbors. Like you, I am worried about these threats. But I know that we are strong, and […]

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Religious Institute to Host AAR Panel on Sexuality in Theological Education

On November 19th, the Religious Institute will host a panel on addressing sexuality in graduate theological education at this year’s meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) in San Antonio, TX. In the past seven years, since the publication of Sex and the Seminary, graduate theological schools have made enormous strides toward addressing sexuality […]

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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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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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