February 6, 2013—More than 1000 religious leaders from across the theological spectrum have joined together to support safe, affordable, accessible, and comprehensive family planning services. They demonstrated their support by endorsing the new Open Letter to Religious Leaders on Family Planning, which recognizes that all women must have equal access to contraception, and states that […]
New Study: One Week Later, Women Denied An Abortion Feel More Regret And Less Relief Than Those Who Have One
Women who are denied an abortion feel more regret and less relief one week later than women who undergo the procedure, according to “Women’s Emotions One Week After Receiving or Being Denied an Abortion in the United States,” by Corinne H. Rocca of the University of California, San Francisco, et al. Specifically, while 41% of […]
Protecting individuals vs. institutions
The Christian Science Monitor‘s View of Dec. 10, "Balancing health and faith," concludes that the Affordable Care Act overreaches in mandating that religious-based employers offering secular services provide contraceptive services as part of employee health insurance.
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. Learn more about HIV/AIDS, why this observation is important – and what you can do – here.
New essay from Rev. Haffner on the 2012 election results:
It was a very long tense election night. But ultimately, hope and love won. Misogyny, racism, homophobia lost. The people of the United States voted, and on sexual justice issues, we are the new moral majority.
50 Shades of Grace: Jesus’ Sexuality
by Rev. Debra Haffner
I wasn’t surprised to read that the Vatican has published a response to the September 18th announcement of a tiny piece of papyrus that includes a dialog where Jesus refers to “my wife.” It is, in their words, a “clumsy forgery.” I only wonder what took them so long.
“Healthy Sexuality & Caring Connections: Foundations for Prevention” will be offered September 10, 2012. Religious Institute President Rev. Debra Haffner is one of the key speakers for this webinar.
Registration is free and open now, and is expected to sell out soon. You can get more information and register here.
New essay by Marie Alford-Harkey, Religious Institute Director of Education and Training
The Religious Institute just received the most exciting news:
The IRS has determined that the Religious Institute, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt independent organization! Read more about it here.
Happy Independence Day!
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN. The Sexuality Issues for Religious Professionals course is an online, self-guided graduate-level course. The course covers such sexuality-related topics as understanding one’s personal values and history, components of sexual identity, sexual development, life behaviors of a sexually healthy adult, dealing with attraction and boundaries, pastoral care, safe congregation policies, sexuality education, and worship in the context of ministry.