Dublin, Ireland was chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from August 21-26, and we are the only LGBTQI Catholic coalition in the world to have official representation there. Marianne Duddy-Burke, Executive Director of DignityUSA, will attend the event with her wife and children to provide a critical, progressive Catholic voice on issues relating to LGBTQI Catholic families, such as marriage, sexuality, and raising children. Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director of New Ways Ministry, will provide news coverage of the event from an LGBTQI perspective on Bondings 2.0.
For more information about our representatives, along with the latest news and developments in Dublin, check out our new WMoF resource page at:
Inspired by the Gospel of John, Jesus’ call to live in the truth (John 8:32) in order to have abundant life (John 10:10) will provide the focus for this retreat. Jesus invites us to pattern our ministry and our sexuality according to his embrace of truth. Embracing God’s truth, discovered in our deepest selves, both challenges and empowers us to live more authentically in every dimension of our lives.
For over forty years, Call To Action’s National Conference has been the place where progressive Catholics have gathered to transform our church and world.
As we prepare to meet on November 9-11 in San Antonio, it is clear that our Catholic message of inclusion, justice and love couldn’t be more needed in our church and world. This year’s theme, “Santuario, Resistencia, Sacramento (Sanctuary, Resistance, Sacrament)” finds itself in stark opposition to many of the values we see proclaimed by our leaders. When the powerful of the world preach deportation, we’re called to offer sanctuary. When the powerful preach unthinking obedience, we’re called to resistance. When the powerful preach hatred, we’re called to proclaim the sacramental power of love.
This year’s conference will have many of the things you’ve learned to love about Call To Action: inspiring worship, warm and inclusive community and a diverse and thought-provoking line-up of speakers. It will also have many new elements, including new CTA leadership, new insights brought to us by our 20/30 Young Adult Leaders, and an opportunity to more deeply engage with border and migration issues in our host location of San Antonio, Texas.
Over the years, thousands of Catholics have come to our conferences seeking sanctuary and have found homes of resistance and sacrament.
This November, we look forward to continuing that proud tradition.
We look forward to welcoming you home.
Many truths of our faith have come from the early centuries of Christianity. Our understanding of humanity and of the universe is radically different now, so we need to find new ways, new language, and new images to make sense of the Gospel message in the modern world. Our aim will be to help us have a closer relationship with the Creative Spirit, whom we call God, as someone who is not distant from us in the “Heavens,” but is with us, within us, and all around us in every aspect of creation. For those interested in LGBT issues and those concerned about church reform, the retreat will provide a sound theological and spiritual base to ground their work, even when the road ahead is stormy.