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Yesterday was a historic day for the Religious Institute.

Yesterday was a historic day for the Religious Institute.

We released our latest report, Sexuality and Religion 2020: Goals for the Next Decade, at an audio press conference. I was joined by the esteemed religious historian, Dr. Martin Marty; the director of the women's program for the National Council of Churches, Rev. Ann Tiemeyer; and the President of the National Council of Jewish Women, Nancy Ratzen. How thrilling to have each of them there for the release.

The report is available at our web site, http://www.religiousinstitute.org/ for download. You can read the press release and listen to the audio conference there as well.

The report outlines ten vital goals for sexuality and religion for the next ten years to achieve its vision: that by the year 2020, all faith communities will be sexually healthy, just, and prophetic. You can read the goals at our web site as well.

We also shared the announcement of the first major national religious denomination -- the Unitarian Universalist Association -- to require competencies in sexual health, sexuality education, and sexual justice for all of its ministerial competencies. We salute the UUA for taking this important step and hope it serves as a beacon for other denominations.

And, we announced the formation of our Faithful Voices Network, the first national grassroots, multifaith network of people of faith who are committed to sexual health and justice. If the goals outlined in Sexuality and Religion are to be achieved, energy and activism must arise up from within congregations and communities. We hope YOU will sign the statement:

"as a person of faith, I support sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society"

and that you will pass it on. Please encourage your friends, colleagues, and fellow congregants to join and speak up. Here's the link www.religiousinstitute.org/faithfulvoices

Join us in assuring that all faith communities are sexually healthy, just, and prophetic.

Originally posted to Religious Institute on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 07:16 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    For more information, visit Rev. Haffner's blog at http://debrahaffner.blogspot.com or the Institute's homepage at www.religiousinstitute.org

    by Religious Institute on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 07:16:46 AM PST

  •  How is Faith and Religion related to this issue (1+ / 0-)
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    Hector Gonzalez

    i applaud the stance You have outlined here, however, without digging through the report ... i would like to ask what is the Faith/Religious basis of this stance

    -- on its face, it is a purely secular position, so i would be interested if this position was arrived at with ANY faith/religious justification or if it was simply adopting secular reasoning and applying it to religious organizations?

    "I want to keep them alive long enough that I can win them to Christ," - Rick Warren, Professional Greed Driven Scumbag

    by josephk on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 07:30:36 AM PST

  •  Not sure .... (2+ / 0-)
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    Prof Haley, Hector Gonzalez

    We hope YOU will sign the statement:
    "as a person of faith, I support sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society"

    Can I support sexual health and education without attaching religion to it?  
    While I applaud this group for supporting healthy sexuality, I honestly don't see what value religion adds at all.  

  •  "Sexually prophetic"? (1+ / 0-)
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    Hector Gonzalez

    This term is utterly opaque to me, and I'd wager to anyone outside your organization.

    We're on a blind date with Destiny, and it looks like she's ordered the lobster!

    by Prof Haley on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:05:26 AM PST

  •  I too have experienced religion and sexuality. (0+ / 0-)

    My wife and I wrassle', she breathlessly invokes a deity, then we snuggle.

    This machine kills fascists!

    by Zotz on Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 08:09:10 AM PST

  •  Religious and secular progressives together (0+ / 0-)

    administration policy and legislation are, of course, secular activities. But advocacy and moral leadership/public education are open to all. I'm delighted to see a faith oriented outfit like this contribute, especially when it includes stellar voices like Martin Marty.

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