Holy Wisdom Inclusive Catholic Community is a worshipping community grounded in Roman Catholic tradition and liturgy. Inspired by Vatican II, which described the Church as the “People of God.” We bring this vision to the 21st Century and live it.

Although a Catholic community, we are not connected with the institutional structure of the Roman Catholic Church. Inspired by Jesus, whose ministry was about healing, inclusion and welcome, we invite everyone to participate fully in the life of the community, without regard to gender, sexual orientation, marital status or religious affiliation.

Language is inclusive and communion is open to all.

Mass is celebrated every second and fourth Saturday of the month at 5:00pm at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, 910 Bowker St. SE, Lacey, Washington.

Pope Says Christians Should Apologize to Gay People, the Poor, Exploited Women and Children

Pope Francis extends apologies to gay people, the poor, exploited women and children:

"I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally," the pope told reporters Sunday aboard the papal plane returning from Armenia to Rome.
“I think that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it offended, but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work. It must apologize for having blessed so many weapons,” Francis added.

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Holy Wisdom at Pride Weekend

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all who participated in all the events surrounding Capital City Pride, including those who participated in vigils on Sunday and Friday, the Interfaith Prayer Service and the Parade. Thanks too, to those who staffed and brought artwork and cookies to share at our Holy Wisdom Table at Heritage Park. 

Blessings of peace to all, 

Lin-Manuel Miranda said it best at the Tony Awards: Hope and Love last longer,  is love is love is love is love is love is love is love.

This is in remembrance of the 49 innocent lives lost in Orlando this week and for all who grieve:

Annual Spiritual Life Institute

Religion, the Environment, and Capitalism July 11-15, 2016

The 34th Annual Spiritual Life Institute at Saint Martin’s University will focus on the environment and humanity’s responsibility to itself and the world.

This year’s program, “Religion, the Environment and Capitalism,” to be held July 11-15 on  the University’s Lacey campus, is based on Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Laudato Si, where he presents a moral and ethical case for protecting and caring for the environment. His holiness not only suggests Catholics have been remiss in their God-given role as the custodians of creation but that all humans, no matter the race, gender or religious tradition, have a responsibility to protect and care for their home and one another.

For more information about the events, including a detailed schedule, click here. To download a registration form, click here.

Helping the Helpers: Refugee Trauma Training

Evan Welkin and Federica Faggioli, members of the Holy Wisdom community, are in Italy helping train refugee helpers. They will be at Traditions on July 8, telling about their work and how people can help. They say:

The world is facing the largest refugee crisis in a generation. With your help, we can train those who work with refugees to better recognize and respond to the effects of trauma.
Individuals who work with traumatized people are at risk for trauma effects if they are not properly trained. This workshop prepares those on the front lines of the refugee crisis to identify signs of trauma and respond in a way that prevents future harm.

Find out more at their fund-raising page and get updates at their Facebook page.

Women Advocate Female Priesthood with Pope

An extraordinary meeting has recently taken place in Rome.

In 1994, Pope John Paul II not only decreed that women are definitively excluded from the priesthood, he even banned all discussion of the topic.
Pope Francis broke that taboo last month when he announced he would create a commission to study whether women can serve as deacons as they did in early Christianity.
Seizing this new sign of openness, supporters of a female priesthood converged on Rome this week, to coincide with the Vatican's Jubilee for the all-male clergy.

The National Catholic Reporter has an article about these extraordinary events, and NPR has an article from a different perspective here.