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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. ...
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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 ...
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Check out screening info on this movie here: www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/movie-series/?eType=EmailConfirmation&eId=17031111-eb7d-4127-8270... ...
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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. ...
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CCO Pride Blessings 2021 ...
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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 ...
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Concerned Clergy of Olympia's cover photo ...
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Racial Solidarity Prayer ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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"Ask a seminarian" ...
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Third night of the 72 Hours of Easter ...
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First Night of the 72 Hours of Easter... ...
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Candle-lit chapel after the foot washing ...
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Ready to begin the 72 Hours of Easter and foot washing... ...
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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. ...
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Fasting - Almsgiving - Prayer The Great 100 Days ...
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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. ...
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Valarie Kaur's Prayer on 1/7/21 ...
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Beginning this afternoon... ...
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Happening Monday ...
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Upcoming events... ...
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#WOC45 Prophetic Voices: A Celebration of WOC ...
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“This is still a pending fight within the Roman Catholic Church, and that's why it's so important that the women who have a clear consciousness that this is an injustice and contrary to the witness of the Gospel do not disappear, do not leave the Church.” — Sr. Teresa Forcades, OSB youtu.be/zBKnD8CCe0M #WOC45 ...
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“We look forward to continuing to work with you until such time as women have their rightful place at the table.” — We Are Church Ireland youtu.be/axX_I9xosYA #WOC45 ...
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“The mission of the Women's Ordination Conference is critical, not only for those women with a call for ministry, but for all of us who need to be represented in every single place where decisions about our lives are being made.” — Lilian Medina Romero youtu.be/DWGyv3IiI9E #WOC45 ...
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“You’ve lived through hard times, through dark times...but you were not intimidated, you did not kowtow or bow down. You kept speaking your message loudly and clearly and for that you deserve great credit.” — Fr. Tony Flannery youtu.be/atdEZvWrhoU #WOC45 ...
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“I know personally what it's like to be prejudiced, excluded because of a biological characteristic of race, and so whenever biology is used to exclude, it is an act of injustice and needs to be called out.” — Nontando Hadebe youtu.be/6r6bMmFOB2E #WOC45 #OrdainWomen ...
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