Anti-LGBT Legislation Spreading Around the World

Thanks to a new law supported by the religious right in the US, right now in Nigeria, gay men are being targeted, rounded up, and tortured to give up names of other LGBT people and their allies to be arrested and jailed for up to 10 years. An even more draconian bill was recently passed […]

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Faithful Voices Matter on Family Planning

New analysis from the Guttmacher Institute urges policymakers to take note that many faith traditions strongly affirm the role of family planning in promoting global health and development. The report cites the Religious Institute’s Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Family Planning,  with its 1000+ endorsements by religious leaders, as evidence of faith-based support for safe, affordable, and accessible […]

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Unholy Religious Exemptions

Harry Knox is President and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. He has an op-ed in today’s Baltimore Sun explaining why the religious exemption in the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (which would bar employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers) is already too broad. Read more here.

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Mixed News on Abortion Rights from NM, TX

Two major court decisions impacting abortion access were given on Tuesday, November 19th, with New Mexico defeating a late-term abortion ban and a Texas abortion restriction being allowed to stand. Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico have convincingly defeated a ban on late-term abortions by 55 percent to 45 percent in an unprecedented election that followed an […]

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UPDATE: UMC Pastor Frank Schaefer and #MinistryOnTrial

The Religious Institute is deeply saddened at the guilty verdict given Monday in the trial of Pastor Frank Schaefer for officiating at the wedding of his son to another man. Repercussions could range from losing his ordination credentials to being suspended for a time determined by the jury, as the penalty phase began earlier this morning. […]

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McCormick is Sexually Healthy and Responsible

The Religious Institute is delighted to announce the addition of McCormick Theological Seminary to its list of seminaries that meet the criteria of a sexually healthy and responsible seminary. This brings the number of qualifying institutions to twenty-nine, compared to just ten in 2009. The updated list of Sexually Healthy and Responsible Seminaries is here.

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ENROLLMENT NOW OPEN: Preventing Clergy Sexual Misconduct Online Workshop

The Religious Institute is pleased to announce its new online workshop on preventing clergy sexual misconduct. This online workshop was created for Unitarian Universalist clergy, candidates, and seminarians. It explains the new UUMA code of conduct on sexual relationships and the UUMA standards related to it. In addition, the workshop helps participants understand the difference […]

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Fall 2013 Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals Online Course

The current session of the Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals online course  is closed to new registrations. Thirty-three participants are currently gaining knowledge and skills to help their faith communities become more sexually healthy and responsible. If you would like to be a part of the next session of the course, click on this link to […]

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Meet the Thirty Most Sexually Healthy and Responsible Seminaries

The Religious Institute has nearly tripled the number of United States seminaries, divinity and rabbinical schools that are preparing the next generation of clergy with the training they need to address sexuality issues in ministry. Thirty-one seminaries now meet a majority of the criteria for a sexually healthy and responsible seminary, compared to just ten […]

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