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.
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 […]
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 […]
Since the middle of July, Planned Parenthood has been attacked by the Center for Medical Progress – a non-profit organization whose explicit purpose is to attack Planned Parenthood and the access to family planning and abortion care services they offer. These attacks have consisted of heavily edited, illegally obtained undercover videos which featured Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal […]
With Friday’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court, same-sex couples throughout the country can now marry! This is a huge win for sexual justice and a major cause for celebration! The Religious Institute is proud to have played a role in winning the right to marry for same sex couples. Informed, motivated faith leaders made a […]
Over the past few weeks, the staff of the Religious Institute has been traveling throughout North America working to promote sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. President and CEO, Rev. Debra Haffner, spent the weekend of June 4th-7th in Minneapolis, MN for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists’ Annual […]
Leaders of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) announced the launch of a communion-wide effort to hold prayer services in local churches between today and the end of June to support global outreach to LGBTQ people living in hostile countries. With this launch, MCC marked IDAHOTB, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, and began observing the […]
On the weekend of May 17th, in observation of the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), congregations around the country are praying for LGBTQ people across the globe. Can your congregation join them? To add you congregation’s voice, sign up and include the prayer below (feel free to modify it to fit your community’s needs) in […]
This Weekend: Join the National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry On Tuesday, April 28th, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments that could lead to the freedom to marry for the entire country. In preparation for this historic case, the Religious Institute and 18 partner organizations have called for a […]
Religious Institute President Rev. Debra W. Haffner writes in the Huffington Post about Indiana’s “religious freedom” law. “Laws that claim to be based on religious freedom but allow bakers and photographers to refuse their wares to same-sex couples — or pharmacists to deny birth control or anti-depressants — or employers to deny the inclusion of […]
The Religious Institute has launched the Gilead Sabbath, a new global Sabbath initiative, to help you respond to the violence, persecution, and discrimination faced by LGBTQ people in African countries and across the globe.