Call To Action 20-30 community

Events

Nov
12
Sun
2017
Trans-forming Love
Nov 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

A program of education, dialogue, and prayer about welcoming transgender people.

The goal of this program is to reflect on how we as Catholics can respond pastorally to transgender people. The program includes information on gender identity and development, pastoral outreach, and spiritual dimensions. No prior knowledge is needed. There will be Q&A sessions, small group discussions, and informational handouts.

Nov
13
Mon
2017
Following Jesus in Holy Honesty
Nov 13 – Nov 15 all-day

New Ways Ministry is sponsoring a retreat for gay priests, brothers, deacons, and all diocesan clergy personnel, congregational leadership, and formation personnel. The title of the program is “Following Jesus in Holy Honesty.” The retreat facilitator is Fr. Steve Wolf, pastor of Immaculate Conception parish, Nashville, Tennessee.

Fr. Wolf describes the program:

“For gay priests, brothers and deacons, the retreat is designed to develop better self-understanding, spirituality, friendships, and relationship with the institutional Church.

“For diocesan clergy personnel, congregational leaders and formation ministers, the retreat will develop better understandings of the personal and spiritual journeys of gay men in clerical and religious life.

“Retreatants will explore ways gay clergy and religious answer the call to beloved celibacy, keeps searching for God in good will, ministers to anger, resentment, and fear as did Jesus, and accepts the grace of a kind of symbiosis of the incarnation and resurrection as an apostle in the world.”

Steve will draw from the pastoral message of Pope Francis and reflect on some writings of Thomas Merton, James Alison, and others. He will also share some of his experience from participation in PFLAG and his parish group of parents and LGBT Catholics.

Nov
16
Thu
2017
Trans-forming Love
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

A program of education, dialogue, and prayer about welcoming transgender people.

The goal of this program is to reflect on how we as Catholics can respond pastorally to transgender people. The program includes information on gender identity and development, pastoral outreach, and spiritual dimensions. No prior knowledge is needed. There will be Q&A sessions, small group discussions, and informational handouts.

Nov
28
Tue
2017
CTA online webinar and discussion circle about white supremacy and the Catholic Church
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Call To Action has been working with local leaders in Charlottesville to host a day-long retreat that will focus on how Catholics can resist racism in our communities. This retreat is being planned for early 2018. It will be an opportunity for Catholics in the Charlottesville area to reflect on the racist rallies that recently invaded their city and organize a faithful response to white supremacy. If you live in or around the Charlottesville area and are interested in learning more about this retreat, please contact CTA.

CTA will also host an online webinar and discussion circle about white supremacy and the Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 28 at 7pm Central Time. Like the Charlottesville retreat, this webinar will give Catholics an opportunity to reflect on– and resist– the impact of white supremacy in our parishes and communities. If you would like to be a part of this online discussions, contact CTA.

White supremacy is far more wide-spread than a few hateful rallies and marches. These marches are merely a symptom of the virus that has plagued our church and country for centuries. Now is the time to do the hard work of uprooting racism in our church and to recommit ourselves to the Gospel values of justice, equality and inclusion.

Nov
30
Thu
2017
Global Network of Rainbow Catholics 2017 Second Assembly
Nov 30 – Dec 3 all-day

GNRC Second Assembly

“Hear a Just Cause”

The Second GNRC gathering will be held in Munich, Germany from November 30 to December 3, 2017. There are many reasons to meet, share information and ideas, to pray and keep the dream of LGBTQI justice and inclusion in the Catholic Church alive.

Jan
15
Mon
2018
Jubilee Conversation – Phase One
Jan 15 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
DignityUSA Jubilee Logo
In 2019, DignityUSA will celebrate its’ 50th Anniversary in service to the LGBTQ faith community!  To prepare for that momentous event, The Board has designated an 18-month period of time between the 2017 Conference in Boston and the 2019 Conference in Chicago as a “Jubilee Period”. 

In Catholic and Jewish tradition, a Jubilee or Holy Year is observed every 50 years.  The Jubilee in Catholic Tradition became associated with great pilgrimages to Rome, where the Holy Door” was unsealed.  “It is a year of reconciliation, of conversion, and of solidarity, hope, justice, commitment to serve God with joy and in peace with our brothers and sisters.”

Our 50th Anniversary will coincide with a “great pilgrimage” to Chicago, to celebrate our history and to pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit as we move into a future that will likely require from us very different execution of our mission than our past has.

The Jubilee Period is designed to engage all of our local expressions/communities of faith from Chapters to Caucuses to USA connections – in three conversations:

  • Recalling our Roots: The initial needs we were formed to meet and the dynamics that shaped how we grew.
  • Taking Stock Today:  In light of the genesis and growth of our movement, what, if anything, has changed to challenge us?
  • Discerning a Path Forward:  How might the Spirit be calling us to serve in the future?

The first conversation is now underway.  At-large members are invited and encouraged to join in a conference call on January 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm EST.  Mark Matson, President Emeritus of DignityUSA, will facilitate the call.  He will ask the following questions and seek your input, which will be forwarded to national leadership to inform planning for our 2019 Conference.

  • What initial need was DignityUSA organized to meet and that drove our rapid growth from a local community in L.A. to a national network of chapters? 
  • How did the mission of Dignity evolve over time?  Consider dynamics in the organization, in the Church, and in society. 
  • The theme of our 50th Anniversary Conference is “True to the Spirit, True to Ourselves”.  In what ways has “being true to ourselves and true to the calling of the Spirit” evident in our history in your experience? 
  • Locally, and nationally, how has Dignity changed lives for the better? 
Feb
4
Sun
2018
New Ways Ministry Mardi Gras Reception
Feb 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mardi Gras ReceptionCelebrate with friends, old and new, at New Ways Ministry.

Bring an appetizer to share, if you like.

To RSVP by Friday, February 2nd, please call (301) 277-5674.

Mar
3
Sat
2018
New Ways Ministry Massachusetts Workshop
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Rainbow staircaseCurious about LGBT ministry? Want to learn more about Catholic approaches to gender and sexuality? Attend our upcoming “Next Steps” workshop!

Apr
22
Sun
2018
Second Fr. Robert Nugent Memorial Lecture
Apr 22 all-day

…featuring Patricia Beattie Jung, a Roman Catholic theologian who has written and taught widely at Protestant and Catholic institutions in the field of Christian sexual ethics.

SAVE THE DATE!

To receive an invitation to the lecture, please call (301) 277-5674.

Jun
2
Sat
2018
DignityUSA Board of Directors Meeting
Jun 2 – Jun 4 all-day

Detroit

In or around Detroit? The DignityUSA Board of Directors will be holding a meeting June 2-4, 2018 in Detroit, MI, and you’re invited.

Interested in attending? Contact [email protected] for details and the meeting agenda.