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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 ...
“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 ...
“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 ...
“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 ...
“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 ...
“When Pope Francis said ‘the door is closed to women priests,’ Bishop Erwin Krautler responded, ‘As long as a door is there, it should be open.’”— Fr. Luke Hansen, SJ youtu.be/ulnYFxUU4Gs #WOC45 #OrdainWomen ...
“You've shown generations of women that remaining prophetically Catholic is possible and necessary.” — Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee youtu.be/3WhkzuDhOXs #WOC45 ...
“Who are we as men to say that our call from God is authentic, but God's call to women is not? As the Catholic priest, I have to face the truth: the problem is not with God, but with our all-male clerical culture that views women as lesser than men and as a threat to their power.” — Fr. Roy Bourgeois youtu.be/DYT-VlYPdbI #WOC45 #OrdainWomen ...
“The Church is a superspreader of sexism. This hugely influential institution is saying to the world that women need to be restricted and ring-fenced and they need to let the men get on with the business of running the show.”— Miriam Duignan youtu.be/6ffRlpV7KrM #WOC45 ...
Our first #WOC45 Prophetic Voices video is live! Watch our Board president Jen O'Malley and her wife Liz Carlin kick off the day with a warm welcome and a shoutout to our sponsors. #WOC45 youtu.be/2IeYK7aPedE ...
“This weekend is not about closed doors but about
being protagonists in the renewal of our Church.” — WOC Executive Director Kate McElwee
youtu.be/kYmSny11Vus #WOC45 ...
Womenpriests world-wide and their communities are invited to join the Zoom gathering, and listen to how Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, with the Rev. Dr. William J Barber II, "created the largest coordinated wave of nonviolent civil disobedience in 21st Century America." Learn from Liz, and help RCWP and our small faith communities create the energy and become unified supporters of the Poor People's Campaign. Let's get involved in the "moral fusion" of action and policy for a more just and equitable society.
Please open this link (zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvf-uspzgoEtNm-rQBvzObm64p_cvdMyFR) and complete the Zoom registration to join us and receive reminders about this upcoming event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the gathering. ...
Coming soon: The Holy Wisdom 10th anniversary concert featuring Robert Jorgensen, Piano. Sunday, October 25, at 3 PM on Zoom. Music selections will include Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
as well as compositions by Brahms and Debussy. Concert is free and donation funds will be given to the pianist (through holywisdomicc.org, write “concert” in the comment box). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about how to join the meeting. Register here: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrf-irqDgoE9aemHDDHyZDwHxFacIPhLuv ...
OlyMAP friends and volunteers: We have scheduled a camp clean-up at Deschutes Parkway encampment for this Saturday, Aug. 29 th, 9am-2pm. Just over a month ago, over a dozen community members joined us at the Deschutes Parkway tent encampment to assist the residents in removing garbage from the area. Since then, residents have continued cleaning up the site and have asked for the support of another community clean-up to help finish the job.
Click here to help: docs.google.com/document/d/1A2GUlDO97EwZ1glCcTjVa6YylAls_7xl_HRnTFOph40/edit ...
Coming Thursday...Gather with us online for our annual Interfaith Pride service. Together we will honor the faith tradition of revolution for liberation, from Pharaoh to Stonewall to now, the work of liberation continues. Thursday, June 19, at 7 pm on Facebook Live.
Letter published today from elected officials on Vigilantism:
We, elected leaders in Thurston County, oppose the presence of armed vigilantes patrolling our communities.
In recent weeks, organized armed groups have escalated an already tense situation, carrying both lethal and less-than-lethal weapons in an intimidating fashion.
These vigilantes, including groups known as American Wolf, Proud Boys and Three-Percenters, use the rhetoric of “peace keeping.” However, their actions do not align with their words. They have created a climate of fear for our residents, particularly residents of color, local businesses, and all who are nonviolently protesting against police brutality and centuries of racial injustice. Their presence has not contributed positively in any way to the protests.
We acknowledge the pattern of armed self-appointed “peace keepers” is historically how paramilitary forces gain control of local areas during times of national instability such as the times we are living through now.
We encourage residents to look beyond the surface rhetoric of “peace keeping” and research the actions and political ties of these organizations to understand their intentions for our community and country. In a time of multiple local, national and global crises, we know we are stronger together when we live our shared values of diversity, inclusion, acceptance, and community beauty.
We have heard concerns about law enforcement cooperation with non-permitted militia activity. We affirm this is unacceptable. Any appearance of indifference or camaraderie further erodes fragile relationships between the public and law enforcement, and jeopardizes the entire community’s safety.
The tactics of intimidation and fear have no place in Thurston County. We reject the presence of armed vigilantes, and find their actions contrary to our shared interest in keeping Thurston County a safe place to live, work and do business.
We call on business, faith, nonprofit and neighborhood leaders to do the same.
Denny Heck, Congressman, 10th District
Sam Hunt, Senator, 22nd District
Beth Doglio, Representative, 22nd District
Laurie Dolan, Representative, 22nd District
Tye Menser, Thurston County Commissioner
Mary Hall, Thurston County Auditor
Steven Drew, Thurston County Assessor
Jeff Gadman, Thurston County Treasurer
Joe Downing, Commissioner, Port of Olympia
EJ Zita, Commissioner, Port of Olympia
Cheryl Selby, Olympia Mayor
Jessica Bateman, Olympia Mayor Pro Tem
Jim Cooper, Olympia City Council
Clark Gilman, Olympia City Council
Dani Madrone, Olympia City Council
Lisa Parshley, Olympia City Council
Renata Rollins, Olympia City Council
Andy Ryder, Lacey Mayor
Cynthia Pratt, Lacey Deputy Mayor
Carolyn Cox, Lacey City Council
Malcolm Miller, Lacey City Council
Michael Steadman, Lacey City Council
David Watterson, Tenino City Council
Joan Cathey, Tumwater Mayor Pro Tem
Michael Althauser, Tumwater City Council
Leatta Dahlhoff, Tumwater City Council
Tom Oliva, Tumwater City Council
Eileen Swarthout, Tumwater City Council
Molly Carmody, Yelm City Council
Scott Clifthorne, Olympia School Board
Maria Flores, Olympia School Board
Hilary Seidel, Olympia School Board ...
Gather with us online for our annual Interfaith Pride service. Together we will honor the faith tradition of revolution for liberation, from Pharaoh to Stonewall to now. The work of liberation continues. Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 7 PM – 7:30 PM Please join this live video event by clicking on this Facebook Live link: www.facebook.com/events/321349642190368/ ...
Issued today by the Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA Western Region...
Statement Against Racial Violence:
We, the Roman Catholic Womenpriests and supporters of the Western Region of the USA, mourn the lives lost to racial violence and condemn systems of oppression. We grieve with George Floyd’s family, Ahmaud Arbery’s family, Breonna Taylor’s family, and all families who have lost loved ones to senseless and racist acts.
Our hearts are in solidarity with those who experience the continuing effects of widespread historical systemic racism. We condemn racism in the United States, and in particular, the escalation of racial violence we have recently witnessed. We affirm that Black Lives Matter. White Catholics must stand in solidarity with the black community so that not one more person is murdered because of the color of their skin.
With grieving, yet hopeful hearts, we renew our personal commitments in both prayer and action. We commit to the work that must be done to make the Gospel Justice a reality. We call on our local and national leaders to stand with the oppressed and assure justice for all people of color by changing the systems that allow racist structures to continue. We demand concrete actions to put an end to the deeply rooted and deadly sin of racism in this country.
Come Holy Spirit, renew the face of the earth. ...
A fire raged in downtown Olympia Thursday night, destroying the Quality Inn Hotel. Fourteen families from the Family Support Center were being housed there during the pandemic. No one was harmed, but everything they owned was lost. Here's how you can help...WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! As many of you probably know by now, there was a devastating fire at the Quality Inn last night. However, most of you probably do not know that Family Support Center was hosting 14 families at the Quality Inn as part of the agency’s response to the Covid-19 crisis. Last night 38 children and parents were awoken in the middle of the night with only moments to get to safety. Many of these families, who were already in crisis, have now lost everything. Thankfully, with the work of many, many people, everyone made it out safe and all our families were able to sleep in a safe, warm bed last night. However, now more than ever, THEY NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
They have an immediate need for two things – electronic/digital gift cards and essential supplies. Electronic gift cards can be purchased at the locations listed below and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Essential supplies include diapers, wipes, formula, non-perishable foods, and easily microwaveable foods (cup of soup, mac and cheese, cup of noodle, etc.). Donations can be dropped off at the main office (3545 7th AVE SW, Olympia WA 98502) M-W-F from 10am-2pm. .
We know that is was not only our families that were impacted, and our hearts go out to everyone else who was staying at the Quality Inn last night. We are extremely thankful to the staff at the Quality Inn for all they have done for our families, for the hard work of the of the fire departments that responded as well other first-responders in attendance, to Intercity Transit for sending buses at 2am, and for our strong partnership with the Thurston County Public Health and Social Services who helped ensure our families had somewhere to sleep last night.
Electronic/digital gifts cards can be purchased from the following locations. $50 and $25 increments work best. Please have them emailed to email@example.com.
Walmart – giftcards.walmart.com/ip/Basic-Blue-Walmart-eGift-Card/653984410
Target – www.giftcardmall.com/e-gift-cards/target-egift-card
Safeway – www.giftcards.com/safeway-gift-card
Fred Meyer – does not do e-gift cards but you can buy them online and have them sent to our office free of charge! - giftcards.kroger.com/our-store-cards/fred-meyer
Financial contributions are also welcome: portals.compass-360.org/Compass360WebUserServices08/org=fscss.org/request=campaignGeneralPortal/c... ...
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Wednesday, March 25th marks the 26th annual World Day of Prayer for Women's Ordination. This concerted, global action is celebrated on the Feast of the Annunciation and together we will honor Mary's "yes" to God to bear Christ for the world and celebrate the women who courageously say "yes, I am called" to priestly ministry. ...