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Thursday, October 18, 2018

The surprising alliance between nuns and religious ‘Nones’

How Millennials and women religious are revitalizing the church.

The Nuns & Nones origin story is almost disappointingly practical. In 2016 Santa Fe-based minister Wayne Muller visited retreat centers of women religious in the Midwest shortly after he led a retreat for 25 Millennials involved in social justice work—a growing group of young adults who considered themselves spiritually oriented but not affiliated with a specific religion (aka “Nones”). 

One of the women religious told Muller that their site was most likely doomed to be torn down, the land sold. “I thought about the people I had just been with and said, ‘There’s somebody you should talk to before you do that,’ ” Muller says. 

Muller consulted with Adam Horowitz, a Philadelphia-based activist he met at a Millennial-focused interfaith project at Harvard Divinity School. “Let’s bring them together—let’s see what happens,” Horowitz remembers Muller suggesting. 

In late 2016 a group of women religious and religiously unaffiliated Millennials met at Harvard Divinity School to explore the concept of the two groups regularly meeting, working, and perhaps one day cohabitating in the spirit of service and community.

Other investigative meetings around the country followed, and now Nuns & Nones convene regularly in the Bay Area; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Philadelphia; St. Louis; and other parts of North America, with field trips to one another’s homes and work spaces, weekend retreats, and video-conference discussions of shared readings.

From an unlikely pairing—Muller is a minister in the United Church of Christ and Horowitz, who is Jewish, professes to have never met a sister until “two years ago”—sprang a connection between women religious and religiously unaffiliated Millennials that surprised everyone involved. “Both sides fell in love,” says Horowitz. “There was this sense of seeing and being seen. From there, everyone asked ‘How can I meet the nuns near me?’ ”

Response to Archbishop Viganò Lacks Credibility

Cardinal Ouellet’s Response to Archbishop Viganò Lacks Credibility

John M. McCarthy

In a letter dated October 7th, Cardinal Marc Ouellet penned an open reply to Archbishop Viganò’s most recent appeal to Ouellet to “bear witness to the truth” concerning the alleged sanctions placed on Cardinal McCarrick by Benedict XVI and subsequently lifted by Pope Francis. Viganò claimed that, as Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops, Cardinal […]

All Things Considered (x3)

Richard Becker

National Public Radio’s afternoon news program, “All Things Considered,” is about big stuff and small stuff, world-shaking events and minute ephemera. In that sense, it does approximate “all things,” indeed, and I’ve been a devoted fan since Terry, my college roomie, clued me in nearly 40 years ago. “What is this anyway?” I asked him […]

Sunday Bulletin-October 21, 2018 -SAINT PATRICK CATHOLIC PARISH

We, the church of Saint Patrick, in the community of North Park,
of the Roman Catholic Diocese and City of San Diego,
declare this to be our primary mission:
to come together to celebrate the Eucharist,
hear God’s word proclaimed,
give praise and thanksgiving to God,
and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
We believe that by freely sharing our faith, talents, and treasures,
we discover Christ’s presence among us and bring Him to others.
We have a strong desire to give and receive love, service, peace, support,
and fellowship, within our families, our parish, our community, and the world.
Open to the power of the Holy Spirit, we pursue this mission faithfully and lovingly.

Friday, October 12, 2018

American pastor Andrew Brunson Released

Free at Last: Andrew Brunson Released by Turkey After Two Years
Free at Last: Andrew Brunson Released by Turkey After Two Years
American pastor was imprisoned on false charges of terrorism.
Christianity Today and World Watch Monitor
American pastor Andrew Brunson has been released after being detained for two years in Turkey.
At a hearing this morning, a Turkish court freed him from judicial control, which lifts his house arrest and travel ban.
Despite a guilty verdict sentencing him to 3 years, 1 month, and 15 days in prison, Brunson may return home to the United States as soon as today due to good behavior and time already served.
NBC News broke the news yesterday of the expected deal between Turkey and the United States over ...
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7 lessons for ministry I've learned as a Jesuit

When self-help means less help
Comment: Pediatric oncologist Raymond C. Barfield on Barbara Ehrenreich's book "Natural Causes" and learning to live as if you'll die one day.

Father James Martin: 7 lessons for ministry I've learned as a Jesuit
America: What does it take to be a good minister? Father James Martin, S.J., shares seven lessons he's learned from his own ministry as a Jesuit.

Pope accepts embattled DC cardinal's resignation
CNN: Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the embattled archbishop of Washington, ending weeks of mounting speculation and rising anger over Wuerl's role in two clergy sexual abuse scandals.

Christian Post parent firm, former CEO indicted by New York DA on fraud charges
Religion News Service: Prosecutors say the parent company of The Christian Post, a major Christian website, was part of a $10 million fraud scheme.

Half of pastors approve of Trump's job performance
Christianity Today: A slim majority of pastors say they approve of the job President Donald Trump has done in the White House, but many are unsure.

Ouellet vs Viganò: What have we learned?

Ouellet vs Viganò: What have we learned?: The cardinal, in refuting the claim that Pope Benedict formally imposed sanctions, confirmed that something was done about McCarrick, and far earlier than previously confirmed by the Vatican
Sacramento bishop warns of “unauthorized rites”: In a Sept. 25th memo, Bishop Jaime Soto tells priests and parishioners that unauthorized Masses and other sacraments are being celebrated "in houses, halls, parks and other places"
Vandals target Old Mission Santa Barbara again: Pillars were defaced with 3-foot-high graffiti, paint splattered on the front door and walkway; Last year, the statue of St. Junipero Serra was removed after someone poured red paint over it and cut off its head

What happened to the Catholic Church?

Money, sex and absolute power
by Arthur Jones
Part Two: Jesus had founded a community of and for the poor, yet most of its top leaders were wallowing with the wealthy or in personal wealth.The great example of how far the church had strayed is St. Francis of Assisi, who also offered a solution.

Haven't read Part One of Arthur Jones' series? Find it here.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Pope Francis: Abortion is like hiring a hitman

Pope Francis recalled the legacy of St. John Paul II Wednesday, meeting at the Vatican with pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Kraków.
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The new tax bill's war on churches (and other nonprofits)

Why a large church group had little impact when it opposed Kavanaugh's nomination
The Conversation: The National Council of Churches has long been the voice of progressive religion. But over the years, its influence has waned.

The new tax bill's war on churches (and other nonprofits)
Religion News Service: To help offset lost revenue from tax cuts, new tax bill targets fringe benefits provided to people who work for houses of worship, charities, private schools and suchlike 501(c)(3)s.

Can millennial pastor Nick Hall bridge the generational divide among evangelical Christians?
City Pages: Nick Hall leads a movement that tries to address the social justice issues important to many young Christians without alienating their more conservative elders.

Politics as the new religion for progressive Democrats
The Atlantic: Religiously unaffiliated voters, who may or may not be associated with other civic institutions, seem most excited about supporting or donating to causes, going to rallies, and expressing opinions online, among other activities.

Texas Catholic dioceses plan to name all priests 'credibly accused' of sex abuse since 1950, Dallas bishop says
Dallas News: All Catholic dioceses in Texas will release the names of every clergy member since 1950 to be "credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors," Dallas Bishop Edward Burns said Wednesday.

Should Christians Trust Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince’s Promises of Reform?

Things may be get better for religious minorities but MBS’s promises of countrywide reform ring hollow.
CT Editors
Last week, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. He has not been seen since. Now, Turkish officials believe Khashoggi, a longtime critic of the country, was murdered by Saudi officials.
That same week, US officials visited the Saudi Arabian capital ...
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