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Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Catholic Community

Jesus on the Move – a Road Trip Ecclesiology

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div.,Ph.D.  jimryan6885@gmail.com Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community In the wake of cancelling our 10th Anniversary celebrations I have retained lingering as well as exploratory thoughts about community and our gathering in faith.  A favorite scripture quote for me that guides my view of who we are and why we…
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Rev. Bill Poole – a friend in deed

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div., Ph.D.     jimryan6885@gmail.com Rev. William G. Poole – or as everybody knew and called him, Bill – was a man of persistence toward and fixed visage on life’s qualities which he viewed as correct to hold.  Though his first career goal was to be a journalist he accepted the vocation of priest…
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True Community: invoked, awakened, …………..assembled

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div.,Ph.D.  jimryan6885@gmail.com Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community John O’Donohue in Divine Beauty (2003) on True Community: “As in the rainforest where a dazzling diversity of life-forms complement and sustain each other, there is secret oxygen with which we unknowingly sustain one another.  True community is not produced; it is…
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Sister Marie Gangwish, Sidekick in Ministry

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div., Ph.D.     jimryan6885@gmail.com Sister Marie Gangwish was a most enlightening mentor to me in the time I ministered in eastern Kentucky.  Marie was a Sister of the Congregation of Divine Providence (CDP), Melbourne, Kentucky.  While her community styled themselves among the pioneers of Catholic presence in the mountain counties of eastern Kentucky…
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Epiphany 2021- Myth, Meaning, and the Rule of 3

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div.,Ph.D.  jimryan6885@gmail.com Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community Today I plan to slide right on by the question of historical fact and “Did this really happen?” as we celebrate this Feast of Epiphany.  We will not dwell on the stargazing puzzle of whether the Star in the East was possibly…
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Christmas 2020 – “God pursuing Godself, and that would be us”

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div.,Ph.D. Christmas is, at the level of human experience, fundamentally personal.  I’m not talking theology, history, sociology, psychology or even philosophy.  I’m talking practicality about Christmas Spirit and doing for others, acting for peace, and carrying out the work of justice.  However, I would like to make the point that at its…
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The time of covid: Communitarian Individualism NOT individualism vs communitarianism

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div., Ph.D.     jimryan6885@gmail.com I ran across Fons Trompenaars the other day.  Fons, a native of Holland, is an organizational theorist, management consultant and creator of the Model of National Cultural Differences.  He specializes in guiding corporations on getting things done from the standpoint of acknowledging and addressing multicultural differences.  In this covid…
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Prophets Speak for God, Priests Become One with God

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — jimryan6885@gmail.com Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community 2nd Sunday of Advent —  December 6, 2020 You may be aware that the Prophet Isaiah was, along with being a prophet, a priest.  His call was dual – the prophet speaking for God and the priest becoming one…
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McCarrick who?

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div., Ph.D.     jimryan6885@gmail.com Not that anyone cares, but I will not read the McCarrick Report, not a synopsis, not an abstract, not an article about it, not one page, not one word.  Get the picture?  Who needs to fill one’s brain with one more piece of evidence about Roman Catholic Episcopal malfeasance…
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Who will catch us?

Rev. Jim Ryan, M.Div., Ph.D.     jimryan6885@gmail.com On this 34th and Final Sunday of the Year, Cycle A, I extend an invitation to consider the last 3 Gospels that have delivered this end – all of them taken from the 25th Chapter of Matthew.  These 3 parables comprise the bulk of this chapter.  First (32nd Sunday)…
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