Monday, April 05, 2010

Celebrate the 9th Anniversary of the Religious Institute!

Nine years ago, Rev. Larry Greenfield and I created the idea for the Religious Institute (then the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing) in the refectory of the Union Theological Seminary in NYC.

We saw the need for an organization to promote the goals and vision of the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing, then a year old and endorsed by some 800 religious leaders.

Today, the Religious Institute is a thriving not-for-profit organization and recognized as the leading organization working at the intersection of sexuality education, reproductive health, and sexual justice.

During the past 9 years, we've grown to five full time staff people with professional offices in Westport, CT. Our network has grown to more than 5000 religious leaders from more than fifty traditions who work in every state and 12 countries. We've published 9 major guidebooks for congregations and seminaries, 7 theological frameworks, a website visited by tens of thousands of people, and have offered more than 600 speeches, training workshops, and sermons. We work closely with the leadership of 15 major religious denominations.

Want to help us celebrate? This year, we are moving our ministry from the pulpit to the pews. If you support sexual health, sexuality education, and full inclusion of LGBT people in faith communities and society, we hope you'll join us. Take the pledge today at

Thank you for your support and friendship!

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