All of you are the children of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus, since every one of you that has been baptized has been clothed in Christ. There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither slave nor free, there can be neither male nor female -- for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:26-28 

News

News & Updates

Latest Update: 6/8/2020

We've added a new page to the Mary of Magdela website. A page dedicated to a listing books and perhaps reviews. If you are looking for some recommended reading, click on "Reading Suggestions" and see what other people may be reading.


Link to the Book page

There is new information about the Trickleby Cafe in the Members Section


Link to information

Pastor Jim Ryan has been interviewed by the East Troy News/Times


Information the article is located here!

A Liturgical Year In the Life of One Inclusive Community


Information on Rev. James Ryans Book can be found here

MM Book & Movie List


Dear Community, At Homily Sharing time on Sunday, December 29 we shared a look back on books and movies. My invitation was to share what were our "favorites" for the past year in terms of reading and viewing that inspired, uplifted, informed, and challenged us. The discussion was wonderful and here is the list. I will have it posted on our website - maybe a sidebar link or in the Members Section. Any selections not mentioned that you would like to see included, please send me an email either to this address or to jimryan6885@gmail.com and I will see that it gets included. Take care, Jim

Click here for the list - PDF

Julian of Norwich, Revolutionary Medieval Mystic

Revolutionary medieval mystic Julian of Norwich penned what's thought to be the first book in English written by a woman. She dared to suggest that God was both father and mother. Professor Sherry Reames explores the life, writings, and legacy of a courageous medieval anchoress and author.

You can listen to the podcast here-MP3


"The Catholic Church and the Struggle Against White Nationalism: Missing in Action?"


Father Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics and the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics
at Fordham University, Delivers his 2019 Howard Thurman lecture in room 252 of Candler School of Theology.
Event co-sponsored by Candler's Black Church Studies department and the Catholic Studies department.
For those of you who are concerned about the rise of white nationalism and the role of the Black Church AND the Catholic Church in
combating it. You will learn much from this 2 hour lecture by Rev. Bryan Massingale, black priest formerly of the Milwaukee WI diocese,
who is known world wide for his work in this area. He was my professor of Moral Theology at St. Frances de Sales Seminary, where I
earned my M. Div. It is worth your time, I assure you. A great way to spend some time on a dreary, cold, wet blustery day in Wisconsin

Complete Lecture Video Here

No One Catholic Preeminent Priority


We, the undersigned Roman Catholic Women Bishops call upon our brother bishops to
re-evaluate their latest statement regarding the priorities for the Catholic people.

Read Complete Document Here

RIVER OF FIRE:
My Spiritual Journey

A Letter to Pope Francis
An appeal for the Catholic Church to fully Respect the Dignity of Women.

Read Here

Lord, Make Me a Channel
of Disturbance:
The "Reverse St. Francis Prayer

Lord, make me a channel of disturbance.
Where there is apathy, let me provoke;
Where there is compliance, let me bring questioning;
Where there is silence, may I be a voice.
Where there is too much comfort and too little action, grant disruption;
Where there are doors closed and hearts locked, Grant the willingness to listen.
When laws dictate and pain is overlooked... When tradition speaks louder than need...
Grant that I may seek rather to do justice than to talk about it;
Disturb us, O Lord. To be with, as well as for, the alienated;
To love the unlovable as well as the lovely; Lord, make me a channel of disturbance.
~ Author unknown

Can laypeople lead a parish?

Look to Louisville for a thriving example.

Read about it here!

Out on a limb: In conversation with Bishop Patricia Fresen

Patricia Fresen, RCWP Bishop from South Africa, is the woman who ordained Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Pastor, Alice Iaquinta, on August 12, 2007 in Minneapolis, MN. Many of your questions about women's ordination and the history of women priests will be answered. Religious apartheid, just like political and social apartheid, are unjust laws which must be broken if justice is to be achieved. Please take time to watch this interview.

The Fresen Video

Mary of Magdala
OUTREACH INITIATIVE – 2019


Take a look at what up this year!

The Original Prayer of Rabbi Yeshua

Learn of the Aramaic world in which Jesus lived and the prayer as he may have taught it to his followers when they implored him: ”Teach us to pray.”

Get more information here.

A Statute with Limitations: Before #metoo

bookHope is being able to see that there is light despite all darkness - Desmond Tutu.  Follow it.

The book now is showing on Amazon. 

 

This link that will take the reader directly to the book.

 



Why I left the church, and what I'm hearing about it (Part 1)
The prospect of starting over after a lifetime is so daunting that I can see why many who leave the Catholic Church just give up on organized religion altogether.

Click here to read The original NCR article. See below for a response.


Why I left the church, and what I'm hearing about it (Part 2)
"Well, I couldn't NOT respond to this article in the NCR column penned by Melinda Henneberger that came through my inbox this morning."

Click Here to read the rest of the response.
Dear Community,
I am posting the excellent homily on the Transfiguration that I used as a resource today on our website because I believe that it is worth your time to either read or listen to it, or both!
Pastor Alice

Read/Watch "TRANSFIGURING RESPECTABLE WHITE MALE JESUS"

Check out current social justice activities

Our Social Justice Organisations can use your help.

Take a look at what's coming up under "Other Organizations.


Don Timmerman's book, "Midwife of Grace"

"I served God as best I could, starting as a farmer from Dickeyville, Wisconsin, and then evolving through many roles."

Book
The book is available at Amazon, but Don is working at getting copies that could be sold directly so that Casa Maria would benefit more directly ..... Jim
"Building Bridges with LGBT Catholics."

A talk given by Rev. James Martin, SJ, Editor at Large, America Media, entitled, "Building Bridges with LGBT Catholics."(Video)

Reflections of Wellness for Women

For more information, Go to the calendar page

Meditation on 9 phases of progressive enlightenment. Reflections on a Thangka painting portraying stages according to Mahamudra Practice
Hello everyone, In our gathering yesterday at MoM's Centering Prayer group, we spent some time gazing upon, meditating and praying with icons. I sensed a deepening and connection in this practice with most members there. One new member who hadn't centered before (we did have a centering prayer sit) discussed some difficulty in centering as one works with formlessness, esp. how to handled busy mind and thoughts/questions arising during prayer. We discussed the Buddhist notion of the 'monkey mind.' A part of that "monkey mind" teaching comes from a Buddhist Mahamudra Thangka (like an icon) from the East. Catherine, who was in attendance yesterday, requested the link the youtube video which describes successive paths to enlightens and inner unity..... Ronald Mendyke

Here is the link.

 

Church Activities
 

 

From: Faithful America <mail@faithfulamerica.org>
Date: 7/8/20 9:52 AM (GMT-06:00)
To: Donna & Bob Maccani <Donnamaccani@gmail.com>
Subject: Sign the petition: Black Lives Matter to God

Thank you for joining Faithful America, the largest online community of Christians acting for social justice, by signing our petition "Replace U.S. Capitol's Serra statue with Native leader." Here is another recent petition you might like to sign:

Dear Faithful America member,

Across the country, faith leaders are taking to the streets and to their pulpits to show that Black lives matter to God -- but sadly, that message is not yet a universal one.

Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress called Trump's Bible-waving nationalist photo op, taken moments after the president teargassed peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters outside an Episcopal church, "completely appropriate."

Albert Mohler, likely the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has used his podcast to condemn protesters, but not systemic racism or police violence.

Others, like Trump's personal pastor Paula White-Cain, have cynically co-opted the language of Black Lives Matter without actually endorsing its demands -- a hollow attempt to distract from the religious right's support of racist laws and politicians.

Faithful America members need to help show our lawmakers that the religious right does not speak for Christianity by echoing the demands of Black organizers, activists, and clergy.

Tell your governor: Christians demand concrete action for Black lives >>

"We are in a deep moral crisis," the Rev. Dr. William Barber told Reuters. "What we have to do at this moment is not only address what happened to George Floyd, but the interlocking problems of systemic racism, police brutality, the lack of healthcare, poverty and militarism."

Faithful America has sent out several emails listing antiracism resources, sermons, and ways to lift up the voices of Black organizers. We also need to speak together as Christians, repudiating the church's legacy of slaveholder religion and rededicating ourselves to God's mission of justice.

That work does not end with contacting our lawmakers, but it can start there. Here is a list of demands inspired by the civil-rights organization Color of Change, which you can send to your governor today:

  • Invest in healthy communities, not policing
  • Increase transparency and accountability for officers with records of misconduct
  • Do away with unfair protections for officers in police union contracts and law enforcement officers' 'Bills of Rights'
  • Strengthen police use-of-force policies to protect human life and rights
  • End 'broken windows' policing and stop unnecessary prosecution of low-level offenses
  • Establish effective civilian oversight boards with investigative and subpoena powers
  • Respond to mental health crises with healthcare, not policing responses
  • Require independent investigations in all cases where police kill or seriously injure people
  • End the profit motive in policing

Tell your governor: Christians support the demands of Black Lives Matter protesters and organizers >>

Thank you for everything you do to love your neighbor and become an antiracist.

In peace,
Rev. Nathan and the Faithful America team

 

"What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" - Micah 6:8