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. 

Introducing Our New Scholar in Residence

The Religious Institute is very pleased to welcome Drew Konow as our 2014-2015 Scholar in Residence. Drew will help with research, program work, social media, and general administrative support in the office.

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People of Faith Support Access to Abortion Care

The Religious Institute has developed resources for congregations to lift up this issue of economic and reproductive justice, and we encourage religious leaders and people of faith to do so in worship, adult education, and through blog posts, social media, and op-eds.

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Bisexual Awareness Week

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Celebrate Bisexuality Day, held every September 23rd, GLAAD, BiNet USA and other bisexual organizations are launching Bisexual Awareness Week.

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A Call for LGBT Equality by African Leaders

Thirty-plus African leaders from nine African countries gathered for a historic consultation on human sexuality, religion, and equality in South Africa in August 2014. The leaders are committed to making change happen in faith communities, theological schools, universities and in civil society.

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Tzedakah: Charity – Straight Up, No Ice

In response to the recent online trend in viral campaigning, friend of the Religious Institute Rabbi David Levy issued himself an 18 day challenge under the hashtag #TzedakahStraightUpNoIce as an alternative to the ALS ice bucket challenge.

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LGBT Justice Updates

Barring intervention by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages will begin on Thursday, August 21 in Virginia. Local clergy are getting ready. Edited at 3:30 pm on August 20. The Supreme Court did intervene to put on hold the federal appeals court’s ruling striking down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage.

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Religious Institute is Hiring a Full Time Scholar in Residence

The Religious Institute is seeking a Scholar in Residence for 2014-2015. The position is full time in our Westport, CT office. The ideal candidate is seeking an opportunity to learn and has a demonstrated commitment to sexual justice. More information and details about how to apply are available here.

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#HelmsHurts and Why People of Faith Should Care

The Helms amendment (1973) prevents federal aid from funding abortions internationally except in cases of rape, incest and danger to the life of the mother. In practice, overly cautious enforcement of the Helms amendment prohibits the support of abortions even in cases of rape, incest and danger to the life of the mother. The Helms […]

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Religious Institute President Debra Haffner Turns 60!

As she celebrates her 60th birthday on August 1, 2014, the Religious Institute’s co-founder, President, and CEO Rev. Debra Haffner also celebrates 39 years of advocating for sexual health, justice, and education. Her work and the work of the Religious Institute continues to change the conversation about religion and sexuality in the United States. Honor Rev. Haffner’s […]

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Celebrating Women’s Ordination in the Episcopal Church

On July 29, 1974, eleven women were “irregularly” ordained as priests in The Episcopal Church. There was no church law against ordaining women, but no woman had ever been ordained an Episcopal priest, and the controversy had been brewing for years. Finally, these courageous women decided not to wait any longer to take their place […]

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