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

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

PRESS RELEASE:Roman Catholic Womenpriests
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  September 20, 2013
CONTACT: Monique Venne
EMAIL:

Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA is encouraged by Pope Francis’ interview published in America magazine on September 19, in which he moves the church forward by turning back to the Gospel values of Jesus Christ and to the discerned, collegial, ecumenical wisdom of the Vatican II Council.


We especially appreciate Francis’ remarks on the role of women in the church and the need for discussion of the deep questions women are asking.  We are hopeful that his message of inclusivity, consultation and discernment, which grounds the entire interview, will yield an inclusive, consultative and discerned search for answers to those deep questions by women, for and about women, with women.  We agree wholeheartedly that the church does need the genius of women wherever decisions are made in the church, in all roles and functions, as the Pope indicates. 

We think such consultation with the total people of God on these deep questions will reveal a more comprehensive understanding, or “a profound theology of the woman,” to use the Pope’s words.  However, since the church does not seem to need “a profound theology of the man,” it is bewildering to think it needs a “theology of the woman.”  We also note that Francis used Pope John Paul II’s language to describe the “feminine genius” of women, but we hope that it does not mean he has accepted John Paul’s theory of the complementarity of the sexes.

Joyfully, we believe that Pope Francis has opened the long forbidden, but now timely and necessary, discussion of women’s ordination as one of the deepest questions facing the church.  We agree with Pope Francis that, "There are ecclesiastical rules and precepts that were once effective, but now they have lost value or meaning.  The view of the church's teaching as a monolith to defend without nuance or different understanding is wrong."   Legalistic and decadent ideologies of machismo which have kept women from answering their calls are also wrong.  The Spirit is calling women to priestly vocations, as she always has.  We say, “Yes!  Here we are.  We are ready.”  We must walk together. 

Roman Catholic Womenpriests offers Catholics a model for a renewed priestly ministry in vibrant, grassroots communities where all are equal and all are welcome. The Catholic people of God have accepted us as their priests on the prophetic frontiers of the church.  They continue to support us as we grow in numbers from the first daringly astute and audacious seven women ordained on the Danube River in 2002.   Over a hundred ordained women are now ministering as priests in the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. Many more are in preparation.

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.