The Scriptural References Database is a collection scriptural reflections, sermon starters, and exegesis related to gender, sexuality, and reproductive justice. We hope religious leaders, seminarians, theologians, and people of faith will use this resource to enrich their preaching and reflection on sacred texts.

Each entry consists of a scriptural reference and some sort of reflection or guidance related to gender, sexuality, or reproductive justice.

This resource is a continually evolving, and new scriptural references are added regularly.

How to use the Scripture References search:

  • The two dropdown menus are interactive. The first corresponds to religious calendar year and the second to issues. By default, all scriptural references are displayed below.
  • If you are looking for a scriptural references on a specific issue for a specific date, make a selection in both menus.
  • To see all scriptural references for a particular calendar year, make a selection only in the first menu.
  • To see all scriptural references on a particular issue, make a selection only in the second menu.

Calendar Year

Date

Issue

Lent 4B – Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22

The psalm for today proclaims how God redeemed and healed those “from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.” The welfare of all people—from all countries—is clearly God’s priority.…

Proper 28B – 1 Samuel 2:1-10

The Song of Hannah, a model for the later Song of Mary, similarly proclaims a reversal of fortune: “the LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also exalts.” The preacher on this…

Proper 27B – Psalm 146; Mark 12:38-44

This Sunday focuses on vulnerable populations that might be easily likened to the women who suffer from lack of equal access to full reproductive health services. Psalm 146 declares how God cares for the vulnerable,…

All Saints Day B – Isaiah 25:6-9; Psalm 24; Revelation 21:1-6; John 11:32-44

The readings for All Saints Day may be focused on the promise of the life to come, but they contain many resonances that hint at a better realm that can exist in the here and…

Proper 26B – Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 146; Mark 12:28-34

This Sunday’s readings place a focus on others. In the Gospel reading from Mark, the religious obligation to care for one’s neighbors as much as oneself is highlighted as one of the two great commandments.…

Proper 25B – Jeremiah 31:7-9; Psalm 34:1-8

Today’s readings speak to two different aspects of reproductive justice. Psalm 34 focuses on the poor, mentioning how “the poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord, and was saved from every trouble.” Meanwhile,…

Proper 23B – Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Mark 10:17-31

This Sunday’s readings again speak to the importance of economic justice. The reading from Amos prioritizes justice and denounces those who harm the poor. In the reading from Mark, Jesus calls a follower to give…

Proper 18B – Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23; Isaiah 35:4-7; Psalm 146; James 2:1-10, 14-17

The readings for today portray the poor and vulnerable as God’s primary concern. The reading from Proverbs praises the generous who “share their bread with the poor.” The reading from Isaiah reveals God’s concern for…

Proper 16B – 1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43

In this Sunday’s reading from 1 Kings, Solomon prays to extend the favor God shows to Israel to foreigners. The preacher on this day might call the congregation to extend their interest to foreigners, particularly…

Proper 15B – Psalm 111

The psalm for this day declares that God provides food and accomplishes “faithful and just” works. The preacher on this day might remind her or his congregation that God aims for justice and provides for…