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Marie Alford-Harkey is the Deputy Director of the Religious Institute, a national multifaith nonprofit dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education, and justice in faith communities and society. An educator with twenty years of classroom experience, Marie holds a Master's in Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Marie is the Province 1 Coordinator for Integrity USA and a board member of Integrity Connecticut. She is the Associate for Digital Ministries at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford, Connecticut, where she preaches and teaches regularly.

Marie taught French and Spanish in public secondary schools for the first twenty years of her career. There, she learned how important it is for queer youth to hear voices of love and welcome in their faith communities.  

Recent Posts

Jul 17, 2014

It's no wonder that my LGBT friends have often questioned my sanity when I have talked about my Christian faith. They were even more surprised when I eventually decided to go to seminary. Why would I want to be part of a religion that has caused LGBT people so much pain, and that has contributed to LGBT youth suicides and broken families and outright persecution of LGBT people?

My answer was and is simple: that is not Christianity.

Jun 25, 2014

An interesting thing happened to me when I came out as a lesbian. Because I was in a relationship with a man at the time, there were many in the lesbian community where I lived who asserted that I wasn't "really" a lesbian, but rather bisexual.

And they made it clear that that they were NOT okay with bisexuality as an identity.

Feb 25, 2014

When I read that President Museveni had signed the hateful anti-LGBTQ law in Uganda, the first words that came to mind were from the opening song in "Les Misérables." It's called "Work Song." Prisoners in a work camp are expressing their hope and their despair. One sings, "I've done no wrong, sweet Jesus hear my prayer." Another prisoner responds, "Look down, look down, sweet Jesus doesn't care."

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