The Religious Institute is a multifaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society.

More than 6,400 clergy, seminary presidents and deans, religious scholars and other religious leaders representing more than 70 faith traditions are part of the Religious Institute’s national network.

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Sexuality Education: Find the best resources, curricula and publications for your congregation to help provide lifelong, age-appropriate sexuality education in schools, seminaries and community settings.

Reproductive Justice: Find out how you can advocate for reproductive justice, education, and health in your faith community.

LGBT Equality: Access our extensive library of materials to promote full equality of LGBT persons in all areas of religious and public life.

Safer Congregations: Learn how to create explicit policies and procedures for keeping children, youth and vulnerable adults safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and harassment.

Educating Religious Leaders: Our courses and publications give the nation’s clergy and religious professionals the education, skills and commitment they need to be sexually healthy and responsible leaders.

Global Issues: We offer many resources to help worship leaders, religious educators, and social action committees draw attention to global maternal health and access to family planning.

Faith and Sexuality News

Religious Institute President Debra Haffner Turns 60!

As she celebrates her 60th birthday on August 1, 2014, the Religious Institute’s co-founder, President, and CEO Rev. Debra Haffner also celebrates 39 years of advocating for sexual health, justice, and education. Her work and the work of the Religious Institute continues to chan
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Celebrating Women’s Ordination in the Episcopal Church

On July 29, 1974, eleven women were “irregularly” ordained as priests in The Episcopal Church. There was no church law against ordaining women, but no woman had ever been ordained an Episcopal priest, and the controversy had been brewing for years. Finally, these courageou
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