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The Religious Institute and Freedom to Marry are calling faith leaders and congregation heads to sign a “friend-of-the-court brief” in favor of the freedom to marry for all. If you are a faith leader or congregation head, click here before February 27th to sign on to this historic Supreme Court amicus brief. Get involved in this historic moment, […]
The Religious Institute’s Deputy Director, Marie Alford-Harkey, will moderate the session, “Bisexually Healthy Faith Communities,” at the 27th National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Denver Downtown, February 4–8, 2015. Plenary sessions will be livestreamed. “Bisexually Healthy Faith Communities” is scheduled for Friday, February 6, […]
Join us in celebrating 15 years of the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing. For this week only, in celebration of the Religious Declaration, enjoy a 15% discount off online courses and publications. To enjoy 15% off any of our Religious Institute publications, including Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities, click here. To enjoy […]
The Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing is 15 years old. First published as a full page ad surrounded by more than 800 names of leading religious leaders, today more than 4600 religious leaders from every state in the country have endorsed the Religious Declaration, and its call for prophetic religious leadership on sexual justice […]
Using the #ReligiousFreedomIs, the Religious Institute will be participating in a tweet storm on Friday, January 16th, from 2pm-3pm, honoring the celebration of Religious Freedom Day. In 1992 Congress enacted Religious Freedom Day to celebrate this statute. Currently, conservative religious voices are laying claim to religious freedom and using religion to justify the denial of civil […]
Rev. Debra Haffner is the president and CEO of the Religious Institute as well as the endorsed community minister for The Unitarian Church in Westport, Connecticut. On Christmas Eve, she offered this prayer in recognition of the many traditions, beliefs, and longings that come together in that community. We offer it to you with our […]
Dear Friend of the Religious Institute: How can you make a difference in the new political landscape? As the U.S. Congress and state legislatures throughout the country begin new sessions, they will be dominated by attacks on women’s rights, LGBTQ equality, family planning and abortion services. We know that conservative voices will be pushing to […]
There is still a need for people of faith to recognize how religion has contributed to persecution and violence against LGBTQ people in African countries and to stand with African activists to stop it. The Gilead Sabbath Initiative will equip people of faith in the U.S. to do so.
The Religious Institute is proud to participate in #GivingTuesday, a day to give back. We hope you will make a contribution to the Religious Institute on December 2, 2014. Our goal for #GivingTuesday is to raise $5,000 from new donors to support the Religious Institute’s public education and advocacy efforts.
As the highest court of the United Methodist Church, the Judicial Council’s decision will be the United Methodist Church’s final ruling on the matter. It validates the reinstatement and upholds a ruling initially made earlier this year by the Northeastern Jurisdiction appeals committee, a lower regional court. Schaefer was defrocked in December 2013 after being found guilty of judicial charges for performing his son’s same-sex marriage.