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 & Updates

MISSION WEEK 2018 -
Marquette University


"We warmly welcome you to Mission Week 2018, a week in which the Marquette University and Milwaukee communities are invited to come together to listen, learn, reflect and explore issues around truth, reconciliation and peacemaking."

For more information, click here to go to the Marquette website
Reflections of Wellness for Women


For more information, Go to the calendar page
Women's March in Milwaukee
Saturday, January 20, 2018
10am - 11am. Rally at Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 N 9th St, Milwaukee
11am - 12pm March to Wisconsin Center, 400 W Wisconsin Ave
12pm - 3pm. Afternoon of action, fundraising, food and fellowship at Wisconsin Center


Saturday, January 20, 2018
Parish priest breaks the silence, shares that he is gay
'I am weary with holding it in'

From the National Catholic Reporter
In view of giving visibility and voice to the laity in the Catholic Church, CCRI has declared today as the beginning of a worldwide celebration of the Year of the Laity. This will go from the Feast of Christ the King, November 26, 2017, to this same feast, November 25, 2018. During this year, we envision the People of God taking on a decisive and influential voice in the governance of their Church. This will never come by a decree of the hierarchy but only by the People assuming this responsibility. Once accustomed to this new role, it is our hope that lay people, by virtue of their baptism, will recognize their responsibility to heed the signs of the times and continue to lead the Church in the direction intended by Jesus Christ.

For more information please click here to read the complete declaration.

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.
A letter from Charlottesville, VA.

'I received the following from David and Diane Brownold, and I am forwarding it to you so you can read firsthand about the dangers of being Jewish, the dangers of being considerred "other" in America today.'
- Susan Ann Adrians

Read the letter here. It is chilling.
INDIVISIBLE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA.
There are many good answers in here to the question, "Now what do we do?" It's a great read, with lots of fantastic suggestions.

Here's the link to INDIVISIBLE

 

Church Activities

Links of Interest:

Documents

Organizations

  • 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

Resources