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 

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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.

 

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Organizations

  • Drug Rehab and Domestic Abuse This is a web resource that provides ​free ​information and support to people fighting domestic abuse, mental illness and addiction and to spread the word about these issues.This is a web resource that provides ​free ​information and support to people fighting domestic abuse, mental illness and addiction and to spread the word about these issues. Click here!
  • Downtown Disciples is an "Unapologetically Progressive" Christian community and urban ministry, "doing justice, loving kindness and walking humbly" together in Des Moines, Iowa. We are LGBTQ affirming and we proclaim #BlackLivesMatter. You are invited to visit our all-inclusive spiritual community and become part of our movement for wholeness in this fragmented world. Take a look here!
  • Catholics for Choice (CFC) http://www.catholicsforchoice.org/
    A voice for Catholics who believe that the Catholic tradition supports a woman’s moral and legal right to follow her conscience in matters of sexuality and reproductive health. CFC has its headquarters in Washington, DC. Works with sister organizations throughout Latin America, and maintains a presence in the European parliament and throughout Europe, working closely with Catholic and reproductive health colleagues there. CFC is an ECOSOC-accredited NGO in the UN system and has participated in many UN conferences and forums. CFC and its partners are active in support of social justice and human rights in both church and society.
  • Christians With Questions http://christianswithquestions.org
    An ecumenical group not afraid to look at some of the questions our theologians have been dealing with for the past 200 years . Milwaukee group
  • Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes http://www.csasisters.org
    As women religious, we freely choose to profess our commitment publicly through vows of poverty, celibate chastity, and obedience. Our life in community supports both our spiritual life and ministry. "We envision community to be a sign of the presence of Christ among us and a source of great apostolic power."
  • Nathional Catholic Reporter (NCR) http://ncronline.org/
    Established in 1964, the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) began as a newspaper and is now a print and Web news source that stands as one of the few independent journalistic outlets for Catholics and others who struggle with the complex moral and societal issues of the day. Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Network  http://www.networklobby.org
    A Catholic leader in the global movement for justice and peace—educates, organizes and lobbies for economic and social transformation.

  • Pathfinders http://pathfindersmke.org
    Pathfinders has brought safety, hope, and healing to thousands of young people and families dealing with homelessness, family problems, mental health issues, sexual abuse, alcohol and drug addictions, juvenile delinquency, and educational needs, for over 40 years. From basic shelter to one-on-one counseling, helps them build the skills they need to succeed at home, at school and in the community. Services are designed to protect youth and young adults, strengthen individuals and families, and improve the emotional and mental health of people at risk in the Milwaukee area. Services are offered at little or no cost, and the vast majority of Pathfinders’ clients are low-income.
  • Project Q http://www.projectqmke.org
    Serves over 800 Milwaukee area youth(ages 13-24) each year, and approximately 150 of those youth receive extensive case management services where staff meet one- on-one with youth to assist them. Provides weekly culturally relevant, contemporary programs in a “for youth, by youth” space that aim for the positive cultural, social, educational, and emotional development of young adults; empowera young adults to make healthy (informed) decisions about sexual health (such as HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy) as well as personal wellness (ATODA, finances, and relationships, etc.); advocates for and collaborate with programs and organizations that meet the varied needs of LGBTQA young adults and their communities; Designs and implements activities that insure diversity and community in every aspect of Project Q; provides a space that affirms LGBTQA young adults to fully identify and express themselves without fear of ridicule and harassment
  • Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP) http://www.romancatholicwomenpriests.org
    Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP) is an international movement within the Roman Catholic Church. The mission of Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA is to prepare, ordain in Apostolic Succession, and support primarily women who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to a renewed priestly ministry rooted in justice and faithfulness to the Gospel.
  • Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) http://www.voiceofthefaithful.org
    A lay organization of faithful Catholics, who organized in 2002 as a response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, since expanded worldwide with more than 30,000 members. Mission: to provide a prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, through which the faithful can actively participate in the governance and guidance of the Catholic Church. Working towards three goals: support survivors of clergy sexual abuse; support priests of integrity; shape structural change within the Catholic Church

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