Last Sunday afternoon, Guerrilla Communion met for the first time in Chicago. We had thirteen young adults, more than one might expect on a crisp but dazzling spring weekend.
We gathered in a cozy little library near the Loop. It was literally an “upper room,” lending a kind of Acts of the Apostles feel. We had soup and salad and quinoa. We also had an array of salsas and chips and homemade desserts.
While we ate, we talked about the joys and struggles of belonging to a church that has profoundly shaped us, but does not always know what to do with us. There was no agenda. It flowed naturally for three hours. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, my co-worker asked me where all the activist Catholics had gone. “What has happened to the Daniel Berrigans and Dorothy Days?” she asked me, the resident Catholic on a fairly secular staff (I won’t even get into all the other questions I got asked as the staff anomaly).
I said, “Oh, they’re out there …” Daniel Berrigan is still alive, and his nieces and nephew (Philip’s children) are living at Catholic worker houses, protesting corporate imperialism, and researching the effects of nuclear weapons. Dorothy Day’s movement of Catholic Worker houses has created thousands of opportunities for people to live a life in the spirit of what she valued (and to adapt them to the present day). As for outspoken priests, perhaps Father Roy Bourgeious of the Maryknolls has been the most controversial priest speaking for justice for women in the church, earning him excommunication (and thus new friends and enemies around the globe).