Living Our Baptismal Call: Kate Ott

This November 1-3, Call To Action’s national conference, Living Our Baptismal Call, will bring together Catholics from every corner of the United States to form the largest gathering of progressive Catholics in the country. Kate Ott will be leading a workshop on her new book Sex + Faith: Talking with Your Child from Birth to Adolescence. She will also participate in a talkback on the documentary film The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics, in which she is featured.

OTTSex, sexuality, gender, sexual pleasure, sexual orientation . . . that’s not something “good” Catholics, especially women, ought to talk about. As a teen, everything I knew about the topic was hearsay (or should I say, heresy). I grew up attending Catholic schools through high school and participating in a Catholic campus center in college. Sexual health and reproduction were addressed two times in health class: as a 5th grader and a sophomore in high school. I was taught that there is one kind of sex; it is for having children, and only when you are married. The lessons were technical and the messages were clear – sex was to be purposeful, contained and directed, not pleasurable. We were warned that sexual pleasure was something to regard with caution. It might at any second take over, sending you down a slippery slope of uncontrollable sexual behaviors. Of course, I knew this was not entirely true. I had watched enough MTV and movies to know there had to be something positive about sex; otherwise why would so many people make such a big deal about it?
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Living Our Baptismal Call: Jamie Manson

Jamie MansonThis November 1-3, Call To Action’s national conference, Living Our Baptismal Call, will bring together Catholics from every corner of the United States to form the largest gathering of progressive Catholics in the country. Jamie Manson will be there, bringing a thoughtful, critical (and young!) voice to a conversation on the future of Catholic ministry.

Last week, Jamie wrote her weekly column in National Catholic Reporter on a topic of interest to readers of this blog: intergenerational collaboration among progressive Catholic leaders:
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Living Our Baptismal Call: Kaya Oakes

This November 1-3, Call To Action’s national conference, Living Our Baptismal Call, will bring together Catholics from every corner of the United States to form the largest gathering of progressive Catholics in the country. And here on Young Adult Catholics, we will feature some of this year’s conference speakers that we think young adults will be especially excited to see. Today, it’s Kaya Oakes, author of Radical Reinvention: an Unlikely Return to the Catholic Church. We are pumped for her presentation, Radical Reinvention: Finding the church within the Church. Sign up today — young adult scholarship applications due October 1.

radical reinventionPeople leave the Catholic Church for every conceivable reason. For most Gen Xers and Millennials, the reasons we leave are typical of our generations. We are skeptical about leaders of any sort. We live surrounded by agnostics, atheists, and “nones”. We exist in a more tenuous framework, without the promises of security that our parents and grandparents grew up with. The space for us within Catholicism is badly defined and difficult to discover. We’re not always made to feel welcome, or like we belong.

Yet, for many of us, and even for many of our Boomer and senior compatriots who also walked away from the church, something keeps tugging at us. The absence of ritual, the Eucharist, the communion of saints and the liturgical seasons create a void that seems impossible to fill. It’s a void that feels oppositional to everything we assume about our generation: that we rejected religion because we didn’t need it. Some of us needed it. Some of us could not live our authentic lives without it.
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Living Our Baptismal Call: Dr. Diana Hayes

This November 1-3, Call To Action’s national conference, Living Our Baptismal Call, will bring together Catholics from every corner of the United States to form the largest gathering of progressive Catholics in the country. And here on Young Adult Catholics, we will feature some of this year’s conference speakers that we think young adults will be especially excited to see. Today, we are honored to feature the work of Dr. Diana Hayes. The following is an excerpt of her book, Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made: A Womanist Theology, re-printed with permission from the author. She will be speaking on a panel, The Future of Catholic Ministry, along with Roy Bourgeois, Jamie Manson and Garry Wills.

Diana HayesThe Catholic Church is becoming more diverse ethnically, racially, and in gender and sexual orientation. Many, once seen as being only capable of being missioned to, are now themselves almost the majority of the Church’s missionaries. Those whose cultures and traditions were seen as incapable of bearing the weight of the gospel message, thus requiring and usually forcing their assimilation to a Euro-American norm rather than the inculturation of that message into their midst, are now speaking out, asserting their authority as the baptized in Christ to bring God’s message in new and challenging ways to the Church as a whole.
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Living our Baptismal Call: Rhonda Miska

This November 1-3, progressive Catholics will converge for the world’s biggest church reform conference — the annual Call To Action conference, this year titled Living Our Baptismal Call. And here on Young Adult Catholics, we will feature some of this year’s conference speakers that we are excited to see. Find out about all conference speakers and young adult scholarships here. Next, we present Rhonda Miska, a 20/30 member and blogger here on Young Adult Catholics. She will be offering a session called “Pastoral Care and Trauma Healing for Immigrants.”

DSC07776“Quiero contarle mis cosas” (I want to tell you my story) was a phrase that was spoken to me over and over during my years as Hispanic ministry coordinator at the Church of the Incarnation. I would close my office door, put my phone mute, breathe a silent prayer, and then listen. The stories I heard have marked me, and I am deeply privileged to have heard them. Stories of children and parents who were left behind in Latin America. Stories of women who had been sexually assaulted while making the journey north. Stories of families being reunited after a safe crossing of the border. Stories of a long journey of cold nights and hot days. Stories of daily life in the United States marked with both the fear of getting caught and with the hope for a brighter future.
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Living Our Baptismal Call: Bob Shine + Jeannine Gramick

This November 1-3, progressive Catholics will converge for the world’s biggest church reform conference — the annual Call To Action conference, this year titled Living Our Baptismal Call. And here on Young Adult Catholics, we will feature some of this year’s conference speakers that we are excited to see. Find out about all conference speakers and young adult scholarships here. Next up is Bob Shine, who will be presenting, along with Sister Jeannine Gramick, LGBT Catholics and Allies Standing Together: Intergenerational Issues.

cta_gramickshineThough the baptisms are separated by many years, how Sister Jeannine and I live out our baptismal call is strikingly similar, as are the stories which led us into LGBT ministry (which diverge greatly once we left campus).

Sr. Jeannine Gramick, of the Loretto Community, was attending the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1970s when she met Dominic, a “homosexual” as it was termed then. This young man kept asking the Catholic nun what her Church, and his Church during childhood, was doing to support gay and lesbian people. What pastoral initiatives cared for their well-being amid intense isolation? Where was the Catholic voice against all-too-common discrimination and violence targeting gays and lesbians?
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Living Our Baptismal Call: Johanna Hatch

This November 1-3, progressive Catholics will converge for the world’s biggest church reform conference — the annual Call To Action conference, this year titled Living Our Baptismal Call.  And here on Young Adult Catholics, we will feature some of this year’s conference speakers that we are excited to see.  Find out about all conference speakers and young adult scholarships here.  First up is Johanna Hatch – who will be featured in a pre-conference panel, Anchored in Hope: Navigating the Path to Conscience.  

ImageReligion is a hard topic to avoid in front of an abortion clinic. Images of Jesus or the Virgin Mary, threats of hell, and promises of God’s love or vengeance are common parts of protesters’ early-morning scripts. Seminarians walk up and down the block, praying the Rosary. I don’t realize how vicious the use of this imagery can be until I see the first patient escorted into the clinic. As the escort walks back to her station, the most vocal—and the only woman—protester produces a bottle of holy water and begins shaking it vigorously in the direction of the escort. I nervously finger my Virgin of Guadalupe necklace but quickly drop my hand. I’m not sure that I want to draw the attention of my fellow escorts to the religious symbol I share with the protestors.

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