Drawing on Christian theology, SRT uses rock/hip hop concert-style events in an attempt to appeal to 21st-century teenagers. During the gathering, participants commit to a vow of sexual abstinence until marriage by purchasing rings. The organization’s theme verse is 1 Thessalonians 4:3–4. In 2019, Silver Ring Thing changed its name to Unaltered.
In 2004, SRT began expanding operations into the United Kingdom, with mixed results.
In 2005, the ACLU of Massachusetts sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services because it believed SRT used tax dollars to promote Christianity. SRT presented a two-part programme: the first part about abstinence, the second about Christianity’s role in abstinence. The ACLU claimed federal funding given to this program violated the separation of church and state. On August 22, 2005, the Department suspended SRT’s US$75,000 federal grant until it submitted a “corrective action plan”.
In the 2007 case R (Playfoot) v Millais School Governing Body, 16-year-old Lydia Playfoot from UK alleged that her school had violated her rights by forbidding her from wearing a purity ring.
In 2019, Silver Ring Thing changed its name to Unaltered.