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March 25th is International Day of Prayer for Women's Ordination
Women's Ordination Worldwide movement has requested prayers for women's
ordination, especially on March 25th. This Saturday's feast of
the Annunciation marks the 23rd time for the anuual global celebration
of Mary's yes to God.
Woman Bishop attends Woman Rabbi
Bouclin | March 7, 2017
Among the many blessings of a recent vacation, was the invitation to
attend the Installation of Jennifer Singer, a reform Jewish Rabbi. The
Installation is the community's calling her to be their Rabbi,
following her Ordination which took place at the Seminary.
Jennifer greeted me personally having been told by our hostess that I
was a Roman Catholic woman Bishop. Later, Jennifer made a point of
telling me how grateful she felt that she was not being excommunicated
for being ordained - as we now are - and how courageous we are. The
Installation was held in a community hall, because this very
progressive/reform community does not have its own synagogue. At the
most important moment of the celebration, when the newly ordained rabbi
reads from Holy Scripture, a woman in the congregation
invited my friend Laurianne and me, even though we
are Gentiles, to stand next to the Torah table so
we could closely witness the event. She covered our
shoulders with her own prayer shawl. Her gesture was very
moving and touchingly inclusive.
As you know, it isn't that difficult to distinguish the parts of the
Jewish liturgy that have come down to our Christian
celebrations, even though they pray several more Psalms than
we do. The Book of Worship was simple to follow as
the presider indicated the page as we moved along. We could follow in
Hebrew, transliterated so we could sing along, or simply follow in the
English translation. They sang the Alleluia to Leonard
Cohen's tune. The woman next to me, a music teacher, said the words
were from Scripture, the music by Cohen. The sermon urged us to build
community together through service to one another and to the wider
community, and faithfulness to daily prayer. This particular community
supports a literacy program for inner city children.
Just after the service ended with sharing of bread and wine, another
woman welcomed me and said she knew some of the RCWP's in Sarasota.
Afterwards, at the banquet, we were also very warmly welcomed along
with the woman who invited us to attend, Mimi Abidbol, who is Jewish
but from a more conversative congregation. Like us, however,
she experienced great joy to celebrate what we hold in
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Inés San Martín | March 9, 2017
Women aren’t victims but drivers of peace, Vatican meeting says.
Kerry Alys Robinson and Sister Simone Campbell, a Sister of Social
Service, spoke during the Voices of Faith gathering March 8 at the
Vatican. The event, held on International Women's Day, had the theme
"Stirring the Waters-Making the Impossible Possible."
The storytelling event took place at the heart of the Vatican on the
UN-sponsored International Women's Day. Father Arturo Sosa, Superior of
the Jesuits and key-note speaker, said: “If we are honest, we
acknowledge that fullness of women’s participation in the Church has
not yet arrived.”
As they’ve done for each of the last four years, women of all walks of
life gathered at the heart of the Vatican this week to remind the world
that they’re not just victims of abuse or gender bias in various parts
of the world, but also “proactive drivers of peace.”
Though there was no actual talk about female ordination during the
summit, keynote speaker Father Arturo Sosa, head of the Jesuit order,
said that “the fullness of women’s participation in the Church has not
yet arrived” and supported a recently instituted papal commission to
study the question of female deacons.
A second participant, a non-Catholic peace expert from England,
expressed her sadness over the fact that women are not fully included
in the life of the Catholic Church. According to Scilla Elworthy, this
is why the Church, “is being left behind.”
Organized by Voices of Faith, the Fidel Gotz Foundation and Jesuit
Refugee Service and featuring women from all around the globe, the
story-telling event took place on March 8, day of the United
Nations-sponsored Women’s Day, at the heart of the Vatican: the Casina
Pio IV, home of the Pontifical Academy for Sciences.
“Women’s voices must be heard,” said Chantal Gotz, managing director of
Voices of Faith, in her welcoming remarks. “I’m often asked if
I’m angry with the world, the Church, the political life … I’m often
told that women are not allowed to be mad. But the world is in crisis.
We look at the XXI century, when so still have to claim that women’s
voices must be heard, when there’s still so much violence, when girls
are not allowed an education because they’re women,” she said.
Everyone should be angry, Gotz said, because in her experience, “it
brings about change.” “We’re using our voices, our courage, our
passion, and our leadership to support a global conversation about
peace,” she continued.
Read More of lengthy summary of the three hour event
[Editor's note: The whole live-streamed event is now available as a recording at: http://voicesoffaith.org]
"Blocked by men. Isn't this the real problem within the church?" -- At the Vatican, Sr. Simone Campbell blasts 'male power'
Josephine McKenna | Mar. 9, 2017
Catholic activist Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell has suggested that
senior clergy at the Vatican are more preoccupied with power than
confronting issues that affect the faithful, like clerical sexual abuse.
The U.S. nun, leader of the "Nuns on the Bus" campaign that has toured
America during recent election cycles, spoke frankly in an interview
ahead of a conference being held at the Vatican on March 8 to celebrate
women's contributions to peace.
"The institution and the structure is frightened of change," Campbell
told Religion News Service. "These men worry more about the form and
the institution than about real people."
Referring to Marie Collins, who last week resigned from the panel
appointed by Pope Francis to look into allegations of past Vatican
obstruction of child sex abuse investigations, Campbell said: "Blocked
by men. Isn't this the real problem within the church?"
World Day of Prayer
Vancouver's St. James Anglican Church and the Our Lady of Guadalupe
Tonantzin Society presented: “Am I Being Unfair toYou?”
Rev. Dr. Vikki Marie | March 7, 2017
Before the World Wide Web, there was the World Day of Prayer, an
international event that has been connecting people in a meaningful way
for almost a century. Despite being planned years in advance, World Day
of Prayer services have a remarkable record for anticipating major
events, like the refugee crisis (France 2013), the Arab Spring (Egypt
2014) and the winding down of the U.S. embargo against Cuba (Cuba 2016).
The secret to this depth and insight is the women who plan and write
each World Day of Prayer service. Too often, women have the most
intimate experiences of armed conflict, violence, social injustice, and
human rights violations. What might Canadians learn from women of the
Philippines, a country on the front lines of climate change, foreign
mining and resources interests, a regional insurgency and social
upheaval due to migration, who wrote the World Day of Prayer 2017? How
will we answer the question, “Am I being unfair to you?”
On March 3, 2017, Christians in more than 170 countries and in 2,000
communities across Canada gathered to learn about, pray, and celebrate
in solidarity with the women of The Philippines through the World Day
In Canada, the World Day of Prayer is coordinated by the Women’s
Inter-Church Council of Canada.
The World Day of Prayer has its roots in an ecumenical day of prayer
organized by women in Canada and the United States in 1920. This event
became the international World Day of Prayer in 1922, and Christians
around the world began celebrating this event on the first Friday of
you, Bishop Marie, for sharing your experiences at the Installation of
a woman Jewish Rabbi. What a beautiful liturgy and how rich a
blessing to be so warmly welcomed and included!
women in ministry we can learn much from each other and support one
another once we're connected. I think there is great value in
interconnecting at various relationships.
RCWP Canada, Regina, SK.
really enjoyed the article in the last posting.."No Priests"...part 4.
We actually went back and read all of it. Lots of food for thought.
Cheryl Paul, Regina, SK
[Editor's note: The article now appears in the Archives/ Archived Home Pages/February 3]