A Warm Welcome

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the [authorities]

We, Catholics who love the Church and want to make it better, know what it is to want to lock the doors behind us when we gather. Yet we started this blog because we think faithful, progressive Catholics have stayed in “safe spaces” for too long. This community will be a “safe space” for free expression and respectful dialogue. But it also represents the community of young, faithful, progressive Catholics throwing open doors and windows and turning our voices outward to the world.

Jesus came and stood in their midst.
We love the Church–the Scripture, the Sacraments, the social justice teachings, the mystical tradition, the historical liturgy and yes, the Gather hymnal ; ) We love the religious and priests who taught us, the Catholic families who raised us and the God who calls the church into being. We work and watch for the day when God’s reign of justice prevails within the church as well as throughout the world.

There are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.

We speak in cacophony, not with one unified voice. Deeply committed to free and respectful expression, we welcome one another’s differing viewpoints and the differing viewpoints of you, the readers.

Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
which parted and came to rest on each one of them.

As believers in the Word made flesh, we know the power of words. Free speech is a precious gift. We and all contributors to this blog pledge to use our words to express our truths, to edify others and to serve the God who gave us speech.

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