Many mainstream denominations and congregations have made significant progress in welcoming and affirming lesbian and gay people. …But the ‘B’ in the LGBT acronym is still largely ignored.
Since the Religious Institute released the groundbreaking guidebook, Bisexuality: Making Visible the Invisible in Faith Communities, understanding of bisexuality has increased among faith communities.
As part of WATER’s Feminist Conversations in Religion Series, Marie Alford-Harkey and Rev. Debra Haffner talk about their new book, Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities. They gave a 25-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session. A recording and a transcript of the conversation is also available.
Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities is a call to action for faith leaders and congregations to make their faith communities “bisexually healthy” ones, where people who identify as bisexual see their experiences, gifts, and concerns reflected in worship, religious education, and congregational events.
The Religious Institute, a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society, has released a guidebook for inclusive religious spaces of those with fluid sexualities.
“We affirm, in accordance with each of our faith traditions, that ensuring equal access to contraceptives through insurance coverage is a moral good,” said the statement signed by 45 groups and appearing Tuesday on the website of the Religious Institute, a group that advocates for “sexual health, education and justice.”
I hope you will join us in praying for the Supreme Court Justices to assure religious liberty for all — and that you will also hold the millions of women who want and need birth control in their health insurance coverage in your hearts.
The Reverend Debra W. Haffner, the president of the Religious Institute and the primary coordinator behind the recent sign-on letter, said it’s a “myth” that people of faith don’t support family planning. “It is precisely because as faith leaders we know that life is sacred, that we believe that every woman must be able to plan her pregnancies intentionally without governmental interference and without her employer in her bedroom.
What do nuns have to do with birth control? Plenty, if you’re following the battle over the Affordable Care Act’s coverage provisions and the claim that requiring employers to pay for contraceptive coverage violates their religious freedom.
Show Pat Love is a campaign started by the Religious Institute, with a powerful message of love and celebration of same-sex couples. Show Pat Love collects photos of same-sex couples, and we will be forwarding all submissions to Pat Robertson so he can see their love and joy.