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.

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Revised Common Lectionary Suggestions

Read the Religious Institute's brief interpretations of these texts by clicking the Lectionary title. Proper 20A - Matthew 20:1-16 Proper 21A - Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Phillipians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32 Proper 23A - Isaiah 25:1-9; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23 Proper 24A - Psalm 96;…

Lectionary Readings Motherhood & Maternal Mortality

The following texts from the Revised Common Lectionary relate to the themes of motherhood, maternal mortality and family. They are provided as a guide to choosing dates and texts for observing a Rachel Sabbath in…

Easter 4A — Health Care and this week’s readings

Lectionary Resources (For Christian congregations using the Revised Common Lectionary) The lectionary texts for this week offer a powerful message for our moment—calling us to care for one another, respond to injustice, and create more…

B’har – Leviticus 25:1-26:2

This portion contains instructions to support those who “fall into difficulty and become dependent on you,” treating them well. The preacher on this day might ask the congregation to consider how they might care for…

K’doshim – Leviticus 19:1-20:27, Leviticus 21:1-24:23

These portions include a commandment, twice stated, to leave the leftovers from the harvest for the poor who might need them. On this day the preacher could invite the congregation to leave leftovers from their…

Mishpatim – Exodus 21:1-24:18

This portion consists of part of the legal code that asserts “you shall not pervert the justice due to your poor in their lawsuits” and “you shall not oppress a resident alien.” It also requires…

Sh’mot – Exodus 1:1-6:1

This portion includes Moses being saved from death despite an order from Pharoah that young boys be killed. It also includes Moses’ being called by God to let his people go despite his own hesitations…

Vayetzei – Genesis 28:10-32:3

As in previous portions, this portion contains a declaration to a patriarch of how expansive his offspring will be, though in this case the patriarch is Jacob rather than Abraham. “You shall spread abroad to…

Vayeshev – Genesis 37:1-40:23

In this portion, Judah seeks to make a judgment on Tamar’s sexual behavior without realizing how he is implicated in it. So too do we as individuals seek to have control and make decisions over…

Lech L’cha & Vayeira – Genesis 12:1-17:7, Genesis 18:1-22:24

These portions contain a few articulations of the covenant God makes with Abraham. It is clear that this covenant is expansive in nature: Abraham is to be an “ancestor of many nations.” So too is…