Monday, May 22, 2006

Milestone for the Religious Institute

We did it! Over the weekend, we passed 2500 endorsements for the Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing. The Religious Declaration is a clarion call to the nation's faith communities and religious leaders to affirm sexuality as a life-giving and life-fulfilling gift and to be truth seeking, courageous, and just.

It was released in 2000 with the support of 850 religious leaders. Today's 2500 endorsements come from clergy, theologians, academics who specialize in religion, and religious educators. They represent more than 40 distinct faith traditions, including some which might surprise you like Roman Catholics, Southern Baptists, Buddhists, and Muslims. There are seminary presidents, Methodist and Episcopalian bishops, and leaders of large multifaith organizations.

They stand for full inclusion of women and sexual minorities in congregational life, life long sexuality education, and a faith-based commitment to sexual and reproductive rights, including access to voluntary contraception, abortion, and HIV/STD prevention and treatment.

As faith leaders, we advocate for sexual and spiritual wholeness in our religious communities and in society. Please encourage the religious leaders in your life to endorse this vision of sexual health and justice.

On to 3000.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations...keep up the good work!