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In preparation for the Sept 24th Beyoncé Mass Seattle, Rev. Yolanda Norton presented two classes on August 24 and 31. During the August 31st class, Rev. Norton shares the unexpected origin of Beyoncé Mass, its roots in Womanist Theology, and where this project may be headed. August 24th: www.dropbox.com/s/vxzn5a54om29ic0/Norton%20Presentation%20Wk%203%20FINAL.mp4?dl=0August 31st:www.dropbox.com/s/7mk72432e9wwob0/Liberation%20Academy%20Class%204.mp4?dl=0Register for the mass: www.crowdcast.io/e/34z9qmqc/register ... See MoreSee Less
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As Pope Francis travels to Slovakia, Sr. Miriam Therese Winter joins FutureChurch and the Women’s Ordination Conference to recall the ministry and life of Ludmila Javorová, a woman who was ordained a Roman Catholic priest by Bishop Felix Davidek to serve in the underground church there when the church was under threat by the Communist regime from 1948 through 1989.Learn about her life, ministry, and why she is important as the world follows Francis to Slovakia. ... See MoreSee Less
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Along with a number of other faith leaders from across the U.S., Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center's executive director Will Rutt will join a march led by asylum seeking migrants at the border in Nogales, Arizona & Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Join the march virtually to stand in solidarity with asylum seekers and restore protections for holy families.Link to the livestream: www.saveasylum.org/restore-protections-for-holy-families-2021.html?link_id=3&can_id=cb7daf2a1096b... ... See MoreSee Less
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Join Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center on Zoom to celebrate National Migration Week as we gather in solidarity with the migrant community at our southern border. Come and share your connections to migration, learn about what’s happening on the border, pray and reflect on where God is calling us to respond, and find out what we can do to make a difference. Wed., September 22, 5 - 6pm PDTREGISTER HERE: maryknoll.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMvf-usqjwtGtyRzB9qrCtcbTaMCQZgOEQ9?link_id=1&can_id=cb7daf2a... ... See MoreSee Less
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Coming up soon! Register here: www.crowdcast.io/e/34z9qmqc/registerBeyoncé Mass uses the music and life of Beyoncé as a tool to cultivate an empowering conversation about Black women—their lives, bodies, and voices—and create an experience of story, scripture, and song that calls for the liberation of all people. The mass is free and everyone is welcome. ... See MoreSee Less
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As Pope Francis travels to Slovakia next week, Sr. Miriam Therese Winter will join FutureChurch and the Women's Ordination Conference to recall the ministry and life of Ludmila Javorová, a woman who was ordained a Roman Catholic priest by Bishop Felix Davidek to serve in the underground church there when the church was under threat by the Communist regime from 1948 through 1989.The conversation will take place on Tuesday, September 14, at 12:00 PM ET. Register at www.futurechurch.org/pope-francis-meet-your-priest-ludmila-javorova for the Zoom link. During his travels (Sept. 12-15), Pope Francis will visit his Jesuit brothers and likely recall the heroism of Jesuit priest Ján Chryzostom Korec who, under Communist rule, was secretly ordained a bishop (at the age of 27) and carried out his underground pastoral ministry - work that landed him in prison. Korec was later made a cardinal by John Paul II.Yet, Pope Francis will not spend time with 89-year-old Ludmila Javorová, a Catholic woman who put her duty to care for the Church and God's people over her need for safety by becoming secretly, but fully ordained as a priest under the communist regime. Ordained in 1970 by Bishop Felix Davidek, Javorová became vicar general for a major branch of the underground Czech church for twenty years. Ludmila Javorová became the first woman ordained to the priesthood to tell her story publicly, confiding her experience in its entirety to Sr. Miriam Therese Winter, who later published her authorized biography in 2001. Join us as Sr. Miriam Therese Winter shares her story of meeting Ludmila. Learn how the story of her heroism unfolded between them and how they became very close friends along the way. We will also discuss the implications of her clandestine ordination and the Vatican's effort to "erase" it because Ludmila is a priest who is a woman. This story is important for all people as Pope Francis journeys to meet Catholics in Slovakia and celebrate those who courageously protected and pastored Catholics there when the times called for such selfless measures. ... See MoreSee Less
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The feast of St. Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles, is quickly approaching, and our members across the country are planning events to celebrate the woman called by Jesus to proclaim the Resurrection and the people of all genders whom God calls to ordained ministry today. Vigils are planned in the following cities on Thursday, July 22:Chicago: 4:30 p.m. CST, Archbishop Quigley Center, 835 N. Rush St. Philadelphia: Morning vigil at Three Sisters Park. Washington, D.C.: Candlelight vigil and procession to St. Matthew's Cathedral (1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW). Meet at Dupont Circle fountain at 8:00 p.m. EDT, with vigil at the steps of the Cathedral beginning at 8:15 p.m. If you'd like to participate and there's not a vigil in your location, don't worry! You can download our prayer card here. Consider wearing red (and including a paper red egg if you can!) and sharing a photo on social media with the hashtags #OrdainWomen and #ToutesApotres. You can tag us on Instagram @womensordination and on Twitter @OrdainWomen. ... See MoreSee Less
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Tomorrow we are sending out our first regional newsletter, "Hope for a Renewed Church." Please subscribe to receive this newsletter and stay connected with us. The encouragement and support from people like you continues to sustain us and our commitment to creating pathways for Roman Catholic people excluded by the Vatican to be ordained and follow their callings from God. Subscribe to our email list here: mailchi.mp/caaf64bf29dc/roman-catholic-womenpriests-usa-western-region ... See MoreSee Less
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Check out screening info on this movie here: www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/movie-series/?eType=EmailConfirmation&eId=17031111-eb7d-4127-8270... ... See MoreSee Less
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From Bernadette Raspante, Vice President, WOC Board of Directors:When people hear that I am passionate about ordination justice and inclusivity in the Catholic Church, they always ask why I don’t just leave and join a church that does those things already?I’ve stolen my response from my high school youth minister: “If you throw rocks and yell from outside, you are easy to dismiss. If you throw rocks from inside, someone has to clean up the mess.” As a little girl, I tried to fit into a tradition and a spirituality that was not built for me.It didn’t fit around my experiences and my understanding of the world. As a young adult, I went “parish hopping,” trying to find a more comfortable space where I felt represented.I started to follow WOC’s work and learned that there were spaces that honored my experiences and understanding of the world. I grew even more interested in WOC as I grew in my own feminist thought and theology. I followed WOC from a distance at first and then could no longer help becoming more involved.I am a newer member of the WOC Board of Directors, but I feel so at home in the spaces that WOC creates. This past year, when all houses of worship moved online, my spirituality was deepened by participating in WOC’s virtual liturgies, retreats, and days of prayer. In addition, I connected with other people in the Young Feminist Network, trying to answer similar questions about the Church. The work of WOC is crucial because these experiences should be commonplace. It shouldn’t be extraordinary that I found a spiritual home as a Catholic woman. This should be how the church works - to be open and welcoming to all, to be truly representative of all believers. To fight for the inclusion and ordination of women, trans and non-binary folks. To stand up to the injustices that the church continues to perpetuate. This work, grounded so deeply in tradition, can not be fueled only by passion. To do this work, to have our voices heard, we need your continued financial support. A donation to WOC is a donation towards an inclusive and renewed priesthood that benefits all believers. ... See MoreSee Less
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CCO Pride Blessings 2021 ... See MoreSee Less
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The Torah affirms and celebrates LGBTQ+. #pride #jewish #torah #rabbiRabbi Seth Goldstein (@rabbi_360) has created a short video on TikTok with music Vayehi Binsoa. | The Torah affirms and celebrates LGBTQ+. #pride #jewish #torah #rabbi | “And ALL people were created in the image of God.” —Genesis 1:27 ... See MoreSee Less
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Racial Solidarity Prayer ... See MoreSee Less
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On this Juneteenth, let us never forget the legacy of slavery and how it has and continues to shape the reality of our lives. May we continue to work towards liberation, haunted by the collective and individual sins of our past, and inspired by the strength and resilience of all those who struggle for freedom. ... See MoreSee Less
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A note from Phil Owen, SideWalk Executive Director: March of last year heralded a frightening and lonely time for us all. It impacted people experiencing homelessness in a fierce way. Restaurants and retail shops closed. Windows were boarded up. Pedestrians disappeared from the sidewalks. People experiencing homelessness witnessed the world disappear.Answering to the closure of critical services for our most vulnerable neighbors, SideWalk mounted a response. We doubled our operating hours. We set up a bank of phones and computers for people to use for accessing services. We converted our backyard to a day center. We worked quickly to create a remote system for our volunteers to provide housing services. And finally, our hard-working team of housing case managers continued to provide wrap-around services to those with the greatest need.Despite all the challenges that a global pandemic brought us, SideWalk helped 226 people safely move off the streets and into homes in 2020.I'd personally like to thank our community partners, fellow social service providers, and donors. We owe you an enormous debt of gratitude for the outpouring of support that allowed us to expand services.And to our amazing volunteers, interns, and staff, thank you for seeing us through these difficult times. You persevered. You served others with more dedication and compassion than humanly possible. In service and with deep gratitude...Phil ... See MoreSee Less
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"Ask a seminarian" ... See MoreSee Less
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Third night of the 72 Hours of Easter ... See MoreSee Less
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First Night of the 72 Hours of Easter... ... See MoreSee Less
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Candle-lit chapel after the foot washing ... See MoreSee Less
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Ready to begin the 72 Hours of Easter and foot washing... ... See MoreSee Less
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Join with Olympia UU’s and other faith groups around the globe in launching a Green Faith Initiative, “Sacred People, Sacred Earth” on March 11 at noon. During this virtual gathering, faith groups will make demands and take action for our collective social and environmental well-being. March 11 will begin eight months of advocacy in the name of love and equity to prepare for the global November 2021 Climate Conference. The Olympia launch will include mindful prayer, song, and a listing of demands by different faith groups, as well as a call for concrete actions. Registration is preferred, but not required. Register by e-mailing olympiagreenfaith@gmail.com. You can join us by Zoom with meeting ID: 899 8077 5923, and passcode: 258381. ... See MoreSee Less
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Fasting - Almsgiving - Prayer The Great 100 Days ... See MoreSee Less
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On March 25th, we will celebrate the 27th annual World Day of Prayer for Women's Ordination with "digital greetings" to vocations directors, bishops, and USCCB representatives with the message from the day's Feast of the Annunciation:"Nothing will be impossible with God."More details coming soon. ... See MoreSee Less
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Valarie Kaur's Prayer on 1/7/21 ... See MoreSee Less
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