Today, Metropolitan Community Churches Global Moderator, the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, congratulated Marie Alford-Harkey, who will be the new CEO and President of the Religious Institute, on 1 May 2016.
“We are thrilled to learn that Marie Alford-Harkey will become the head of the Religious Institute. Ms. Alford-Harkey’s leadership in MCC, academic training, and pastoral heart are a perfect match for the intellectual rigor and practical theology of the Religious Institute,” said the Dr. Wilson. “Marie Alford-Harkeychas a Master of Divinity degree from Episcopal Divinity School, a Masters from Wayne State University, and is well on her way through the ordination process of MCC.”
Religious Institute Board Chair, the Rev. Dr. Larry Greenfield, said, “The Board of Directors of the Religious Institute is pleased and excited that Marie Alford-Harkey will be guiding us into our promising future as an organization that brings healing, insight, and hope to our world. Marie has so thoroughly demonstrated her skills and creativity as educator, planner, and communicator as well as her vision, passion, and commitment to our mission for sexual justice that we are confident she is exactly the one we need to lead us.”
Ms. Alford-Harkey has served as the Deputy Director of the Religious Institute since 2011, and is stepping into the role of President/CEO following the Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner, who founded the Religious Institute in 2001. Together, Religious Institute programs include the Sexually Healthy Seminary Project and online courses in sexuality issues for religious professionals, outreach in Southern states, and the Gilead Sabbath to end violence and persecution against LGBTQ people around the world. Ms. Alford-Harkey is the lead author of the Religious Institute’s guidebook, Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities. She works with faith communities, seminaries, LGBTQ organizations, and reproductive health groups though workshops, keynotes, and training.