|Synod Campaign Recruits Female Scholars
To date, 23 female biblical scholars have agreed to be on our list of available consultants as we approach U.S. and Canadian delegates to the International Synod on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." Many thanked us for our work, recommended other scholars and offered their support. Three promised to represent our concerns to bishop delegates known to them.
|Synod Postcards Pour In.
Paper and electronic postcards to Synod Secretary General Nikola Eterovic are pouring in to the FutureChurch office and/or being sent directly from Catholics working to make visible women's biblical leadership in church practice. One diocese told us they sometimes received between 30 and 40 electronic postcards per day. A vigorous email and paper postcard effort will continue through the summer with the goal of garnering 12,000 postcards by the time of the Synod. For more on the campaign or to send electronic postcards to your friends, click here.
An international electronic postcard has been added to the FutureChurch website. The Women and the Word campaign is in communication with international church reform leaders to collaborate in Rome at the time of the Synod and beforehand. TO SEND INTERNATIONAL POSTCARD LINK TO YOUR FRIENDS IN OTHER COUNTRIES, CLICK HERE.
|FutureChurch Welcomes Pope
For the papal visit to the U.S. Church, FutureChurch developed a special media kit with sample op-ed and letters to the editor designed to raise awareness about the invisibility of biblical women leaders in church proclamation and practice. More than 50 kits were downloaded from the FutureChurch website, and 21 people agreed to be local campaign contacts. To see a sampling of the media generated click here and view the scrolling links.
|Confronting Power and Sex in the Church|
Australian Bishop Geoffrey Robinson is touring the U.S. to discuss his excellent book on structural issues underpinning clergy sex abuse. The Bishop is drawing big crowds of 200-500 in fourteen cities across the country. In Cleveland, he attracted a standing room only crowd of 330 that included a retired bishop from Toledo, along with priests, pastoral ministers, chaplains, nuns, CTA, VOTF and FutureChurch members from Detroit, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Wisconsin Dells. All ninety preordered books sold out and his powerful presentation was met with a prolonged standing ovation. It is a scandal that Cardinal Roger Mahony, who is asking Los Angeles parishes to help pay over 700 million dollars in clergy sex abuse settlements, has banned Robinson from speaking on parish property in the Archdiocese.
To read a review of his groundbreaking book: Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus click here.
To read the Boston Globe account of Bishop Robinsons visit click here.
An Evening With
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Thursday, September, 18, 2008
At Landerhaven in Cleveland, Ohio
6pm Silent Auction and Cocktails
7pm Dinner and Presentation
Kathleen will speak on her new book:
Failing America's Faithful:
How Today's Churches are Mixing God
with Politics and Losing Their Way
$150 Meet 'n' Greet Reception and Dinner
$ 75 Dinner and Presentation
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For more information on Kathleen Kennedy Townsend or her book, click here.
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