From Huffington Post: German Lawmakers Vote To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
LGBTQ rights get a big win in Europe’s most populous country.
By Nick Robins-Early
From the New York Times: Parliament in Germany Approves Same-Sex Marriage
By ALISON SMALE and DAVID SHIMER
On June 29, 2002, seven women offered themselves for ordination as Roman Catholic priests. One of those was an American, Dagmar Celeste, a member of the Community of St. Bridget. These courageous women are the mothers of a growing movement in the Church that celebrates all of God's creation by acknowledging that women and men are equally beloved by God. We offer our gratitude to the Danube Seven and are honored to take on their mission for a renewed ministry in a renewed Catholic Church!
Crowds gather outside the White House, which was lit in rainbow colors
to celebrate the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage,
on June 26, 2015. (Jonathan Capehart/The Washington Post)
June 26, 2015. America at its greatest By Jonathan Capehart
The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
joyfully invites you to the
Priestly Ordination of
Diaconate Ordination of:
Ordaining Bishop: Bridget Mary Meehan
July 8, 2017 2:00 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church
405 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Religion is often viewed as a force that sows divisions between people. But the world’s most prominent religious leaders have come together to present a different vision of how faith can work in the world.
From Time Magazine
Catholics Should Accept and Love All LGBTQ People
James Martin SJ
Jun 14, 2017
James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America and author of the new book Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect, Compassion and Sensitivity
Last year, a gunman stormed into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, a place frequented by many in the gay community, and killed 49 people. It was the largest mass murder in US history. In response, many religious leaders expressed sympathy for the people of Orlando, as well as for the LGBTQ community.
On Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 1 p.m., the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP) will ordain Sydney Joan Condray a priest and Karen Kerrigan a deacon. Michele Birch-Conery of Windsor, Canada will be the presiding bishop. The ceremony will take place at Sylvania United Church of Christ, 7240 Erie Street, Sylvania, Ohio 43560. All are welcome.
Sydney, 78, the mother of three, worked for many years in Toledo as a therapist to developmentally disabled children and adults. She said her journey to priesthood included growing up as a child without religious affiliation, but as a young adult she went to church and “found there was something there, a Mystery. It’s been a lifelong journey to discover who this gracious mystery was and what God wanted of me.” For many years when the parish priest was not available for weekday Mass, she and six other people would fill in. She started writing prayers to use during this worship service that were well received. A mystical experience convinced her that priesthood was what God wanted of her.
Karen Kerrigan from Westland, Michigan who will be ordained a deacon is a retired special education teacher and an activist with particular concerns for water, environmental and gender justice.
The Catholic Church teaches that individuals must always follow their consciences and “an unjust law cannot be obeyed.” In prophetic obedience women priests are breaking Canon law forbidding ordination to bring equality to the church, so too, we call on our bishops to embrace sanctuary in order to propel immigration reform and legal status.
How much of Church Doctrine do we really believe? by Tony Flannery, C.SS.R.