In addition to the our ongoing issue-specific program work, the Religious Institute also has several free-standing projects that address a specific aspect of sexual, gender, or reproductive justice. While some of our projects are ongoing, others help people of faith address an emerging issue or respond to a current event and thus are temporary.
Sexually Healthy and Responsible Seminaries
Seminaries and other schools entrusted with preparing future religious leaders need to integrate sexuality education and sexual justice in their curricula and institutional cultures. If clergy and religious professionals are to become sexually healthy and responsible leaders, the institutions that train them have a vital role to play.
Making your congregation bisexually healthy creates a more just and inclusive faith community. Find the resources you need in our publication Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities.
A sexually healthy and responsible congregation is free from sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. Congregations need explicit policies and procedures to keep children, youth, and vulnerable adults safe from abuse and harassment; strong codes of conduct for religious professionals, and safeguards for congregants who have been accused or convicted of sexual offences.
People of Faith Stand with Planned Parenthood
We know that stripping access to health care from millions of people is both immoral and hypocritical, yet that is what politicians are trying to do. In the Spring of 2017, we Congress know that people of faith support Planned Parenthood.
National Weekend of Prayer for Transgender Justice
After more than 1,800 faith leaders added their names to the faith amicus brief in the 2017 Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board case at the U.S. Supreme Court, showing religious support for transgender justice, faith leaders from across the country several weeks later dedicated their weekly services or held special events to support transgender people across America who continue to lack full legal protection, face unequal treatment, and experience disproportionate levels of violence, harassment, and discrimination.
National Weekend of Prayer for Reproductive Justice
After nearly 1,300 faith leaders added their names to the faith amicus brief in the Whole Women’s Health case at the U.S. Supreme Court, showing religious support for access to abortion, faith leaders from across the country gathered the weekend before oral argument to pray that the court would preserve access to abortion.
National Weekend of Prayer for the Freedom to Marry
After more than 2,000 faith leaders added their names to the faith amicus brief in the 2015 Obergefell case at the U.S. Supreme Court, showing religious support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, faith leaders from across the country gathered the weekend before oral argument to pray for the freedom to marry.
Religious leaders and people of faith nationwide participated in the Gilead Sabbath Initiative in an effort to educate their faith communities about LGBTQ discrimination, to unite in prayer for LGBTQ justice, and to take responsible action. Join them today!
21 million unsafe abortions take place every year, causing the death of 47,000 women and the injury of 8.5 million more. Improving maternal health and universal access to comprehensive reproductive health care could prevent up to one third of these deaths. Raising awareness and support for women around the world was the focus of the Rachel Sabbath project.
Acting Out Loud
ACTING OUT LOUD is a guide for faith communities that want to move beyond welcome toward a wider embrace of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their families. The project provided clergy and religious leaders with background on LGBT people, points you to the best-available online resources, and offers ideas and approaches recommended by leading clergy, theologians and advocates across the country.
A Time to Speak Out: A Faith-Based Advocacy Guide for Sexuality Education
A Time to Speak Out is the Religious Institute’s online, faith-based guide to empower clergy, religious and lay leaders to become advocates for comprehensive sexuality education in public schools, providing background on comprehensive sexuality education; theological and spiritual grounding for advocacy; suggestions and tools for involvement on the congregational, local, state and national level; worship ideas; fact sheets; and more.
Congo Sabbath Initiative
Dozens of congregations participated in the Congo Sabbath initiative, an effort to involve religious leaders and faith communities in ending violence against women in the DRC. “Congo Sabbath” is a day when congregations might sponsor an educational program on the DRC crisis, raise funds to provide medical services to Congolese women and girls, or include a prayer during worship for the Congolese people.