September 2014 Edition 

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Pressing for Justice for LCWR
Maried people and experts invited to the Synod but were they chosen for their loyalty?
Women in Church Leadership news
Save Our Parish Communities news
Opening the door for optional celibacy
Celebrating Priesthood Sunday
Other news
Dont' miss these events

When the moral authority of the hierarchy is hemorrhaging due to financial scandals and many bishops who...cover up sexual abuse of children, a cover up that continues in some quarters to this day, and thousands are drifting away from the church...the waste of time on this investigation is unconscionable. ~ Sr. Elizabeth Johnson (2014 LCWR address)

The time has come for the hierarchy to stop making jokes about gobbling up women and to start talking turkey about the ways in which the church's structural sins exacerbate the suffering of women globally. ~ Jamie Manson in the NCR (04 Sept 14)

What does this mean for the church itself and its behavior not only toward those who are poor in a material sense but toward people within the church who feel neglected, put aside, marginalized and excommunicated-if not in a strict canonical sense, then in a de facto sense-because they are not allowed to take part in the table of the Lord? Often one asks: What about people who are divorced and remarried? ~ Cardinal Walter Kasper (15 Sept 14) 

Pope Francis' Catholicism: Reform from the Ground Up

Friday, September 19th 
6:00 to 10:00 EDT
Windows on the River
2000 Sycamore St.
ClevelandOH 44113
Join for an exciting evening with
Sr. Maureen Fiedler as our keynote speaker and Dr. Jennifer Haselberger as our Trivison Award Recipient!  


September 19, 2014

FutureChurch Fall Event Cleveland, Ohio 

"Pope Francis' Catholicism: Reform from the Ground Up" with guest speaker Dr. Maureen Fiedler SL and Trivison Award recipient Dr. Jennifer Haselberger.

Join us for a great evening! 


October 3 - 7, 2014


FutureChurch heads to the Synod on the Family in Rome to advocate for families and women. 


October 19 - November 21, 2014


FutureChurch and the Catholic Tipping Point sponsor Fr. Tony Flannery, founder of the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland for an eighteen city tour in the United States discussing grassroots reform and the future of the Catholic Church. Learn more at


October 26, 2014

Celebrate Priesthood Sunday!  Go online to get your organizing materials.


November 1, 2014 at 7pm


All the way from Ireland!

See Fr. Tony Flannery in Cleveland!  


As part of the Catholic Tipping Point Tour, Fr. Tony Flannery will be visiting Cleveland! Join us for a discussion about reform in the Church today! 


Independence Middle School Auditorium

7733 Stone Road

Independence, OH  44131


Join us for a great evening!



November 7 - 9, 2014


FutureChurch goes to Call to Action conference. Participate in our workshops and visit our table of resources. 


November 10-12, 2014


FutureChurch attends the USCCB Fall Assembly to present signatures from our "Open Letter from the People of God to the USCCB" on optional celibacy.  Make sure you sign the letter today! 







November 1, 2014 at 7pm


Independence Middle School Auditorium

7733 Stone Road

Independence, OH  44131


Go to future for more details!





women deacon


17307 Madison Avenue
Lakewood, Ohio 44107


Pressing for justice for LCWR

Thousands of Catholics came together in unprecedented  fashion to support U.S. women religious. Over 17,500 signed petitions or sent letters to Pope Francis asking him to remove the Congregation for the Vatican's unjust mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an organization representing eighty percent of all US Catholic sisters.   

 On Friday, September 12th,  Kate McElwee of the NunJustice Project delivered the signatures via the Swiss Guard, along with copies of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson's books, "Consider Jesus" and "Quest for the Living God" (in Spanish) to Pope Francis.  She also delivered the signatures to Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the curial office.

Most recently, in reference to the Vatican's highly criticized investigation of U.S. nuns, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, defended himself telling L'Osservatore Romano, "above all we have to clarify that we are not misogynists, we don't want to gobble up a woman a day!"

But FutureChurch, the NunJustice Coalition and thousands of Catholics believe that if the Vatican wanted to prove that they are not misogynists, they could start by removing the unjust mandate against the nuns.   

In addition to signing the open letter to Pope Francis, an estimated 200 private prayer services were also held during LCWR's August 12-15 annual assembly.  As has been the tradition for the past 18 years, FutureChurch attended the 2014 assembly and Deborah Rose-Milavec and Sr. Chris Schenk  passed out nearly 500 prayer cards.   

At the assembly, the constant and clear message from LCWR was that they are standing strong.  The recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Leadership award, Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, didn't sugar coat her judgment of the hierarchy's actions either.

"When the moral authority of the hierarchy is hemorrhaging due to financial scandals and many bishops who ... cover up sexual abuse of children, a cover up that continues in some quarters to this day, and thousands are drifting away from the church ... the waste of time on this investigation is unconscionable."  
FutureChurch agrees with that assessment and is committed to supporting LCWR and Sr. Elizabeth Johnson as they continue to lead with courage and wisdom in our Church.  

NunJustice Press Release

Petition in support of Nuns Reaches Vatican by GMA News

LCWR 2014 Assembly Press Release 

LCWR: Ongoing conversation with church leadership key (NCR) 

LCWR Doubles Down on Dissent  (Catholic World Report)

Sister Elizabeth Johnson: The Waste of Time on This Investigation is Unconscienable (Relgion News Service)

Let a Female Speculate (Religion News Service)    

Married persons and experts invited to the Synod but were they chosen for their loyalty?

14 married couples will be included in the more than 250 participants attending the October extraordinary Synod on the Family, but were they chosen for their loyalty to current Church teaching?  Or could they bring new elements to discussions surrounding the family?

There is a lot riding on the Synod's ability to spark new conversations, but a tough question remains.  Can those invited generate the dialogue that needs to take place? 

So far we know 14 married couples have been invited.  One American couple who has a long history of supporting natural family planning and the Church's current teaching on contraception, Jeffrey and Alice Heinzen, will attend.  Jeffrey Heinzen is a former director of marriage and family life for the Diocese of La Crosse and is now the president of the McDonell Area Catholic Schools.  Alice Heinzen has coordinated the natural family planning program for the Diocese of La Crosse for more than 20 years.

According to the Alice Heinzen they are being asked to represent the lived experience of the married couple and Christian family.  They will also share pastoral aspects of their work.  Specifically they will address Part II, Chapter 1 of the working document, which is "Pastoral Program for the Family," and Chapter 2, "Pastoral Challenges of the Family." As auditors, they will offer input on a number of topics in the small language groups and in the plenary sessions according to Heinzen.

The other American couple, Steve and Claudia Schulz, members of the International Catholic Engaged Encounter, have stated they will not be able to participate.  

While those married persons who are loyal to current Catholic teaching on contraception should be represented at the synod, it must be asked how the majority of Catholics who do not accepted current teaching on this issue will be represented.  If Alice and Jeffrey Heinzen are invited to speak for the American Catholic experience, who will be the voice of faithful Catholics who have long sought reform on these issues, those who left long ago; a group Pope Francis is making a special effort to reach?   

Shortly after his election, Pope Francis kicked off this two year synodal process knowing the Church's hardened stance on a narrow set of church teachings (contraception, divorce and remarriage, same sex relationships and cohabitation) had led to an ever widening gulf between the hierarchy and people.  In 2013, he warned of the dangers of those "who close the doors," including bishops, priests and popes saying,  "...ideologies are rigid, always...these close the door with many requirements....ideology frightens, chases away the people....but this is a serious illness (Vatican Radio, Oct 2013)."

So how will Pope Francis' own desire for a church no longer driven by a very narrowly defined moral ideology be realized?  Will people like Cardinal Walter Kasper have disproportionate influence?  How will reform minded Catholics get a voice at this synod?  How will disaffected Catholics find a path back to our Eucharistic communities if their stories and experiences are not represented in the discussions at the synod? 
Women in Church Leadership news

The Legionaries back away from Mary of Magdala

On August 26, 2014, Women's Equality Day, Jason Berry reported on a new, $100 million dollar project by the Legionaries of Christ in Israel to develop the Magdala Center at the Sea of Galilee.   A 138-page booklet, "Magdala: God Really Loves Women" was being used to promote the center and to raise the millions needed to cover the costs. 


The title was misleading.  The book gave little attention to how God "really loves women," or the true history of Mary of Magdala's role as a primary witness and leader in the early Church. Rather, it drew a comparison between the disgraced founder of the Legionaries, Fr. Marcial Maciel Delgollado and Mary Magdala; an ugly twist on equality.  


The Magdala Project Director, Fr. Juan Maria Solana, displayed his logic in the 138 page booklet.

  1. Marcial Maciel has the same initials, MM, as Mary Magdalene; therefore, they have a profound connection.

  2. Mary Magdalene was shamed, traumatized and judged harshly just as  Maciel was shamed, traumatized and judged harshly; therefore they have a profound connection.

  3. Mary Magdalene had a problematic hidden past before her deliverance just as Macial had a problematic past before his deliverance; therefore they have a profound connection.

All this Legionaries' brand logic was laid out to make the case that Mary Magdalene was redeemed and became a saint as so it would be true for  Maciel.  This was good for business and epitomizes how St. Mary of Magdala continues to be exploited.  For those who don't know the real story of Mary of Magdala's witness and leadership or Macial's corruption, the offensive associations being made by Solana might have passed uncritically.


FutureChurch asked its membership and all concerned Catholics to write to Solana asking him to discontinue use of the booklet and "reconsider how your represent Mary of Magdala's history in the Church." 


Legionaries recant and apologize


While it is painful to see a site like the Magdala Center controlled by the Legion of Christ and for Mary Magdala's reputation to be so crassly muddied again in their efforts to raise money, it was good news to hear that the Legionaries had decided to pull the book and apologize.  The letter they released is below. 


Thy Kingdom Come!
August 28, 2014
Dear friends in Christ,
The past five years have been a time of challenge and change for the Legion of Christ and Regnum Christi. We have faced the disappointment of horrible scandal - and embraced the hope
of renewal.
We have undergone an intense self-examination and revision of our constitutions and statutes. We are firmly set on a path of reform that I believe will make us better servants of Christ and His Church.


Unfortunately, this week we experienced what must feel like a detour from our path forward. It is not.
I want to assure you that we are, indeed, determined to stay on course. And I want to share this response from Fr Juan Solana, director of the Magdala Center:
    "I personally and profoundly apologize for my reflections in the       booklet, Magdala: God Really Loves Women, published this summer by the Magdala Center in Jerusalem, which is managed by the Legion of Christ. The passages in question suggest a comparison between Mary Magdalene and Legion Founder Marcial Maciel, which clearly is inappropriate and poorly chosen. I was trying to make a point about compassion and forgiveness in light of the Legion's history, but realize now that my words were awkward and suggest a reverence for our founder that we clearly reject. Again, I'm sorry for any hurt this has caused. And we are no longer distributing the booklet. - Fr Juan Solana LC"
I have known Fr Juan for many years and appreciate his response. Please keep him in your prayers and continue to pray for the success of the Magdala Project, which draws support from Christians of all denominations, Jews and Bible scholars from around the world.

Yours in Christ,
Fr John Connor LC
Jim Fair
Communications Director
Legion of Christ
312-953-9864 <tel:312-953-9864>

FutureChurch is planning another phase of this work as we continue to make sure those who have little theological and historical understanding of Mary of Magdala won't write her history.
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John Allen Jr. thinks women's roles should be first on the Pope's agenda for reform

Allen argues that we admire the Pope so we don't ask him hard questions.  He thinks there are at least four hard questions we should be asking more often come to mind. The roles of women in the Church is at the top of the list.

1.  Women and the Church


First up is the pope's record on women. Despite his firm "no" to women priests, he has said repeatedly that he wants to see a greater role for women in Catholicism, including participation in the "important decisions ... where the authority of the Church is exercised."


To date, however, Francis hasn't offered many examples of what such a greater role would look like. When he's had a chance to chip away at the Vatican's glass ceiling for women, quite often he's whiffed.


In March, he named seven lay people to his new Council for the Economy, the first time at such a senior level that laity have sat with Cardinals as equals on a decision-making body.


It was a step forward for the lay role in the Church, but there wasn't a single woman in the line-up.


Even when presented with realistic proposals for empowering women, he's balked.

Marie Voce is an Italian lawyer who serves as president of the worldwide Focolare movement, and a highly respected figure on the Vatican scene. In December 2013, she floated the idea of creating a council of lay advisers to the pope as a companion to the G8 council of cardinal advisers Francis erected in April 2013.


As she conceived it, the council would be a mixed body of lay women and men from around the world, perhaps including a married couple. Although it seems the sort of thing Francis might do, he hasn't so far, and there's no indication he plans to do so.


The question is, "Why not?"

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Francis wants more women theologians advising the CDF by Molly Wilson O'Rielly

In an interview with L'Osservatore Romano (not yet published in English), Cardinal Gerhard Müller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, revealed that Pope Francis has directed that more women be included in the Vatican's international theological commission. 


Andrea Tornielli reports for Vatican Insider:


The members of the theological commission that assists the Holy See, particularly the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in examining crucial doctrinal questions are nominated for a five-year period and there are currently thirty of them, including two women:


Barbara Hallensleben (professor of Dogmatic Theology and Ecumenism at the Faculty of Theology in Fribourg, Switzerland) from Germany and sister Sara Butler (professor of Dogmatic Theology at the University of Saint Mary of the Lake - Mundelein Seminary - in Chicago, US).


According to Müller, the number will increase to "five or six," which "would be a significant increase," Tornielli points out. 

Read more

Catholic Women Rebelling over Male Deacons in Ireland

The first women's forum in the mid-west diocese will be launched this evening to provide the disgruntled women with a platform where they can express their views and opposition to some of the new pastoral measures being introduced by Bishop Kieran O'Reilly.


Organiser Kathleen McDonald said that they feel they are being ignored by the institutional church. She said an open meeting for women "to discuss inclusivity in the church and to listen to the voices of women and really support each other" was on the cards.

The issue which triggered the row is the introduction of the all-male permanent diaconate.


Ms McDonald said it was "incumbent" on the diocese or the church to create a ministry that is inclusive of both men and women within parish communities rather than impose a ministry that excludes the majority of men and all women.

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Bishop O'Reilly puts hold on plan to create a permanent diaconate. Listen to Faith Alive with Fr. Brendan Hoban and Kathleen McDonough.


Dozens of Utah Catholics answer call to join ministry

Maria Rodriguez and 62 other Spanish-speaking and 22 English-speaking Catholics in Utah were commissioned as lay ecclesial ministers. They now are equipped to be leaders in parishes and missions throughout the Salt Lake City Diocese. They cannot celebrate Mass, but they can conduct a Communion service, prepare Catholics for marriage or baptism and manage parishes. Read more


Save Our Parish Communities news

Canon lawyer, Sr. Kate Kuenstler continues to work with parishes in the Archdiocese of New York and Philadelphia on appeals.  Sr. Chris Schenk and Sr. Kate remain committed to outreach and speaking engagements, including a caucus at the upcoming CTA conference in Memphis.  For more information write


Boston Parishioners work long and faithfully to keep parishes open - but this story has a heartbreaking ending


Arthur McCaffrey's tells the story of Catholics of courage and tenacity in the face of great odds.  The people in the story will inspire you. The outcome of the story will break your heart.   Despite their hard work and their faithful vigilance, these Catholics were not able to hold onto their dearly beloved parishes in a system where ultimately, others hold the keys to the door.

The Long Goodbye by Arthur McCaffrey


Three parish communities in the Archdiocese of Boston - my own parish, St. James the Great in Wellesley, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in East Boston, and St. Frances Cabrini in Scituate - recently got their call last week from the "governor" in the Vatican, a.k.a. the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (Supreme Court), telling us that our latest and final appeal to keep our churches open had been turned down. We were the last three holdouts in Boston's homegrown vigil parish resistance movement, which for the last 10 years has been fighting Cardinal Sean O'Malley's fateful decision to close us in 2004.


When the newly arrived Archbishop selected 83 diocesan parishes for closure, including many that were vibrant, viable, financially and religiously sound communities of faith, our grassroots resistance movement spontaneously erupted. Twenty-four parishes grouped together to challenge O'Malley's decision, of which nine went into full-time vigil, occupying their churches 24/7. From passively warming pews for all of their sedentary Catholic lives, middle age and elderly "accidental activists" began to warm them with their sleeping bags. In a long, drawn-out struggle that was physically, spiritually, and financially wearing, we took our case to both civil courts in Massachusetts and canon law courts in the Vatican, without success.
Read more


Catholic Church to announce closures in Scotland

Catholic leaders are to announce a further raft of proposed parish closures and mergers across west and central Scotland in the coming days.


Congregations will be told this weekend which parishes across the Diocese of Motherwell have been recommended to be shut owing to a national shortage of priests and a long term fall in numbers of worshippers.


Each of the diocese deaneries, essentially a cluster of parishes, will be affected.


Sources have indicated the number of parishes to shut within the Motherwell Diocese, which covers most of Lanarkshire and has the second most populous Catholic congregation in Scotland, could be around 20.


A spokesman for the Diocese said the process was vital but that only recommendations were being put on the table at this stage.

Scotland's largest Catholic diocese, Glasgow, has already begun closing some parishes, amid an expectation it will have just 45 priests within two decades, enough for fewer than half its current number of parishes.


The Diocese of Galloway has also released figures showing the number of priests there has more than halved since 1990, with the fall in churchgoers nearly as steep.

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Fear among faithful as Catholic Church closures loom

Catholics won't learn until late October, not this month, which churches will merge or close as part of a restructuring process to stop supporting churches on "life support."

After learning her Catholic church in Piermont might be merged with another in Nyack, Martina Lynch of Sparkill launched a petition drive on


She reached her goal Sunday of getting 1,500 signatures from people urging Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York not to merge St. John the Baptist Church, where she has been a parishioner for about 18 years, with St. Ann's Church.


The 162-year-old parish is active, celebratory and diverse, with many Central American immigrants, said Lynch, 52, a native of Galway, Ireland. "St. John's has been incredibly welcoming and accommodating to my family, and after my mother passed away, I was allowed to plant a tree in her memory on its beautiful grounds overlooking the Hudson," she wrote on the petition, referring to the crape myrtle tree her family planted in 2005.

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A Look at Detroit parishes that have closed


The Detroit Free Press recently offered a pictorial overview of the churches that have closed.  Read more


Detroit Parish survives


St. Albertus Church, still used occasionally as a place of worship for Catholics, is a rare survivor.

An Archdiocese of Detroit directory from the mid-1980s listed nearly 120 Catholic churches in Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck. Now, there are 52 churches left, Archdiocese of Detroit spokesman Joe Kohn said. Read more  



Church Changes Coming Soon by Jaime Williams

Fear Among the Faithful as Catholic Church closings loom by Cara Matthews


Opening the door for optional celibacy

In May of this year, Pope Francis stated, "Celibacy is not a dogma of faith, it is a rule of life that I appreciate a great deal and I believe it is a gift for the Church. The door is always open given that it is not a dogma of faith." And in a recent conversation with Bishop Erwin Krautler, Pope Francis, discussing the priest shortage, urged the bishop and all local bishops to be "courageous" and to make concrete suggestions, including expanding the priesthood to include married men.


In response to this new openness under Pope Francis, FutureChurch launched our 2014 Open Letter to US Bishops.  The letter addresses the truth about the priest shortage in the US and asks our bishops to open discussion of this issue in their general assemblies.  We hope their discussions will lead to the formation of concrete suggestions about opening ordination that could then be presented to Pope Francis.

At this writing, over 1225 have signed the letter online with more taking petitions to their parishes and communities.  Over one third have indicated they are willing to pursue a meeting with their local bishop to discuss these issues in person. 


This campaign will continue over the next two years as we urge our U.S. Bishops' Conference to put this item on the agenda at their semi-annual assemblies.  FutureChurch supporters are following Pope Francis' model of dialogue and examination and are answering his call to be courageous in seeking solutions.  Let us urge our bishops to do the same.  Please visit for more information or email us


Take Action!

Ask our U.S. Bishops to take up the issue of the priest shortage and address optional celibacy.  Download and Sign our Open Letter to the USCCB asking them to follow the guidance of Pope Francis and present solutions!
Celebrating Priesthood Sunday - October 26, 2014

Our 2014 Priesthood Celebration kit has been launched.  On or around October 26, 2014 these celebrations will celebrate our hard working priests and help educate about the priest shortage facing our church.  It will include practical guides for advocating for change. We encourage organizers and participants to sign the new 2014 Open Letter to US Bishops, to pursue meetings with their local bishop, and to educate their communities on Jesus' inclusive model of leadership.


We envision a model of ministry after Jesus' design and stand ready to celebrate the beauty of both celibate and married vocations. For help planning your celebration, visit Organizing kits available for free download.

Other news

Chicago Catholics put their faith into action in looking for their next leader

Chicago Catholics are not waiting to see who might be appointed as their next shepherd.  As the position for a powerful seat in the United States Catholic Church is emptied by Cardinal Francis George, these Catholics are engaging in the selection process in a big way.

Looking for the new shepherd by Judith Valente

"Catholics here have a strong sense of the vocation of the laity," says Greg Pierce, a local publisher and community organizer. "They believe that it's their church as much as it is the priest's, the cardinal's or the pope's."


When Cardinal Francis George proffered his pro-forma resignation two years ago after he turned 75, Pierce went into action. He invited a diverse group of parishioners to write essays-a series of open letters-to whoever becomes the next bishop of Chicago. Pierce asked them to describe the kind of leader they seek. He and Claire Bushey, an editor, compiled the essays into a book, whose title describes what resides in the hearts of many ChicagoCatholics: An Irrepressible Hope. While the compilation represents the yearnings of people in a particular diocese, it also mirrors the hope that Catholics across the United States harbor in this Francis-enlightened era for a more inclusive, merciful and laity-empowered church.


The writers ranged in age from 14 to 83. They are black, white, Hispanic, Asian and Native American. They include priests and religious sisters, fallen-away Catholics and parish activists, a high-school student, a union organizer, several business leaders and one woman who claims to be officially excommunicated. 

Read more


Theologian urges CDF reform by Sarah MacDonald in Dublin

A leading Irish theologian has criticized Vatican action to silence Fr. Tony Flannery and suspend him from ministry, describing it as "theologically inept."  

Augustinian Fr. Gabriel Daly examines the treatment of Fr. Flannery and three other priests censured by Rome in a new book that focuses on reform in the Church.

Fr. Daly highlights an article written by Fr. Flannery, a Redemptorist, for the journal Reality that was cited by the Congregation for the Do
ctrine of theFaith (CDF) as one of the reason or him being silenced.

In the course of his article, Fr. Flannery wrote, "Whatever Jesus intended, I don't think anyone can credibly claim that he intended the type of system we now have in the Church...I no longer believe that the priesthood, as we currently have it in the Church, originated with Jesus." 

Fr. Daly told The Tablet, however, that these views "are both theologically and historically unexceptionable.  His attackers have simply failed to reckon with his qualification 'as we currently have it in the Church.'"  He added that it was "abundantly clear" that today's Catholic Church is very different format he gathering of disciples around Jesus.  Fr. Daly explained that his new book concentrates on the need to reform the CDF and discusses the "meaning of reform in light of some theological principles and insights."  He said the CDF seems intent on claiming that everything in today's Church is consonant with the will and intentions of Jesus.

"I can do no more that point out that this cannot be historically true," he said.  

"There is a huge difference between the situation as it was 2,000 years ago and the situation as it is today.  Much will depend on your 
interpretation of development."  The Church: Always in Need of Reform, by Fr. Daly is due to be published later this year (The Tablet, 9 Aug 14).

Don't miss these events

Call to Action Conference, November 7 - 9 2014 in Memphis
Have you registered yet for the 2014 Call to Action Conference?  Now is the time!  This will be a fantastic conference with lots of great speakers!  Register today!

Ohio Training in Gospel Nonviolence
Led by Lena Woltering

October 18, 2014
9am - 4:30pm

Lena is a Pace e Bene nonviolence trainer.  Learn how to create an inclusive church through gospel nonviolence. 

For more information call:  Tom Lupia at 614.738.3756 or write

2014 Ohio Fair Trade Expo

The Ohio Fair Trade Expo showcases socially and environmentally conscious consumerism with speakers, workshops, family activities, an educational program for Girl Scouts, and a fair trade marketplace. The marketplace is comprised of 25+ fair trade vendors selling clothing, artisan crafts, food, and drink products.


Fair Trade is an alternative way of doing business that promotes equal, just, sustainable relationships between consumers and producers. This includes paying fair wages in local communities, engaging in environmentally sustainable practices, and promoting healthy working conditions.


Saturday, October 25, 2014 

9am - 4pm


John Carroll University

Dolan Center for Science and Technology

1 John Carroll Blvd. 

University Heights, OH 44118


Visit to learn more.