Today’s readings speak loud and clear to me personally
On Sunday, October 1, our own Mary Eileen Collingwood was one of the ordaining bishops consecrating two new women bishops in California. Following the tradition of the early church, Jane Via and Suzanne Thiel were chosen by the people they will serve in the western region of the United States.
This coming Saturday, October 14, Claudia Adamson will be ordained a priest in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We rejoice with these good women and the people of God they will serve!
The Eucharistic banquet of love can be fully realized
Q: What do you think of the priest shortage?
A: The priest shortage is a grave crisis for a religion that places so much importance on sacraments in general and the Eucharist in particular. There are untold numbers of parishes across the country and around the world that have been closed, and others that have to share priests. Male priests are stretched thin and exhausted.
. . . if answers are ever to come again, it will demand a society trained in the art of questioning, or ruminating, or refusing to rush either to judgment or to obedience. We need to dare the questions in order to brazen the answers that will come from them.
Q: You guys sound very cool and all, but I quit going to church about 10 years ago, after my confirmation. Why would I want to come back?
A: I’m afraid you're in very good company. Many young adults have found the church to be a drag. They wonder why the church is so down on women and LGBTQ folks, why they are so judgmental about people's marital status, get all hung up on birth control and abortion and other issues that many young adults don't find as compelling as the institutional church does. The problem is that you miss out on communal worship, something that social beings find beneficial.
From the New York Times: Same-Sex Couples Wed in Germany as Marriage Law Takes Effect
by Melissa Eddy
BERLIN — Cheers rang out in the City Hall of Berlin’s Schöneberg district on Sunday as two men, who met 38 years ago, when the German capital was a divided city, became the country’s first same-sex couple to legally marry.
For me, one of the great blessings of parenthood is the insight it provides regarding God and my relationship with God. The day I realized that there would be nothing my kids could do to lose my love made me see how much God loves me. If as a human parent I could love someone who did some dastardly deed, how much greater is God’s love for me?
(RCWP) For Immediate Release
Roman Catholic Womenpriests Ordain Two Bishops in Local Synagogue
On Sunday October 1, 2017 at 10:30am, two women priests, Jane Via and Suzanne Thiel, will be ordained Bishops of the Western Region of Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP). The ordination will take place in the sanctuary of Temple Beth El, 3055 Porter Gulch Road, Aptos, CA. Rabbi Paula Marcus will participate in the ceremony. Other representatives of other faiths will also be present. continue reading
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