Lift Your Voice for #JessicasTux

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Today, high school students at Sacred Heart Cathedral Prepatory (SCHP) School stood with Jessica Urbina – a high school senior whose picture was pulled from the yearbook for wearing a tuxedo.  Female students are required to wear “drapes” in yearbook photos in San Francisco Archdiocesan schools. 

As one bow-tied student told NBC Bay Area today, “They teach us in Catholic school to be who we are and accept everybody, so that’s what we’re doing.” 
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Where there is darkness, let there be light

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ImageI woke up this morning to snow slowly falling outside my window. I’ve had enough of the snow this winter season, but there was still a beauty about it that invited reflection.

And As I sat with today’s scripture readings – the Gospel in Mark in which Jesus says “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house” – I thought of my sisters and brothers in the church justice movement working as prophets in a house that many times is unwelcoming and uninviting. I prayed for them.

On this day, I would need that passage, and those in this movement for a better church, more than I would know.

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World Youth Day Pilgrim Profile: Jen Guterman

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World Youth Day is this July 23-28 — and six Equally Blessed pilgrims are preparing for their journey to Rio de Janeiro, where they plan to be LGBTQ-positive presences at the large gathering of Catholic youth.  Here on the 20/30 blog, we’re introducing you to these brave young adults.  Next up, Jen Guterman:

Jennifer Guterman, Call To Action member  

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I feel called because I am a Catholic, an ally, and a human being.  As a Catholic, I want to make a life-changing pilgrimage that embraces true equality and justice.  As an ally, I want to witness against teachings that exclude so many and demean us all.  As a human being, I want to honor our interconnectedness and participate in a more loving and complete vision of church.