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2018 Parliament of World Religions, Toronto, Canada



Editor, The Review | December 1, 2018

The 2018 Parliament of World Religions, is an interfaith gathering held every few years at different cities around the world.  Thousands of people attended the Parliament in Toronto last month, including a contingent from Association of Roman Catholic Priests and RCWP Canada.
 See below for a selection of articles written by people who attended.


Contents

  • 2018 Parliament of World Religions, Toronto, Canada
  • Impressions from the Parliament of World Religions by RCWP Canada Bishop Emerita
  • When Our Hearts Echo Holy Wisdom - Homily at the Parliament of World Religions
  • Catholic Women Called - Wrap Up
  • Free access to on-line or pdf downloadable books and book-length articles
  • Who are Canada’s ‘most historically significant’ women?
  • Reformation women pushed biblical application of the role of women forward in a way not seen since New Testament times
  • Meet the Women Priests of the Church of Sweden
  • Give Us This Day short videos on the lives of Oscar Romero and Dorthy Day and Thérèse Martin
  • Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Featured Link
  • RCWP Canada Bishop's Message
  • RCWP Canada priest sentenced to community service for environmental protest
  • Roman Catholic Women Priests and Association of Roman Catholic Priests (from both Canada and the United States) collaborate at Parliament of World Religions
  • Tech Tip
  • Francis, the comic strip
  • Comments to the RCWP Canada Editor
  • Links to related information




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RCWP Canada Bishop's Message

What is a Servant Leader?

In the past two issues of The Review I shared a reflection on the role of priest in relationship to the call of all those baptized in Christ. This present reflection centres on the third aspect of the disciple's mission.  Together we share the priestly, prophetic, and kingly (servant-leader) mission of Jesus. 

The Church often refers to Christ as King in order to juxtapose the reign of the God with that of temporal rulers.  As with all metaphors this image limps.  There is no adequate expression for the Universal One who has been from the beginning, is through the ages, and will be forever, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the Christ in whom all things hold together.  (See Col. 1, Rev. 22)

While we are baptized into this aspect of the mystery of Christ along with everything else, we live in a moment of time; and in the span of our years we are to imitate the life of Jesus who came to show us what God is like – the image of the invisible God.  We are to be like Jesus in our life and to share the inheritance of the saints in light.  (Col. 1)

Jesus was not about the empire of the kings of his Jewish heritage or the Roman conquers who ruled Palestine in his day.  He was not about power over territory, or people or possessions.  He repeatedly denounced the Roman rule of the Caesars and repudiated anyone who suggested that he would be a counter-king, the one to deliver the Jewish people from Rome's grasp on the people.  “Give to Caesar the things that belong to Caesar, but give to God what belongs to God” (Mat 22:21).  Before Pilate Jesus denied that he was a king in the terms the Roman empire understood. Jesus maintained that his reign was about truth and justice, not power and control.  "For this I was born, and for this I came into the world: To testify to the truth" (John 18:37).  He was one of his people who had vision, courage and compassion. He invited others, including you and me, into a partnership with him to spread the vision of inclusive justice, to dare to live differently, and to witness to the possibility of a new world order.

Through parables and metaphors Jesus taught his disciples what the reign of God is like: a mustard seed, a shepherd, a baker woman, a forgiving father, a nurturing mother, and the list goes on.  God's reign is characterized by truth, justice, mercy and love.  Jesus showed these qualities by his inclusive, welcoming, generous, empowering manner.  He called people out of their blindness, he bid them get up and walk, he invited them to follow him as he went on The Way.  Often he did these things on the Sabbath or in the Synagogue. He did not shrink from telling those who acted contrary to these values that caring for those marginalized by social and religious rules and practices was to be their priority.   He evicted from the temple the chief priests, the scribes and pharisees who had made it a means of extortion of the poor, the widows, and those who did not meet prescribed ritual purity codes.  His words and manners were disturbing to those who felt they were in control, and comforting to those who were exploited and marginalized.  This model of leadership was different - and it commanded attention.  Jesus is recognized in all the synoptic Gospels as someone who spoke with authority (Matt 7:29, Mk 1:22, Lk 4:32).
 
Jesus showed how to lead by service and to serve as leader.  The Gospel of John (13:1-17) depicts this graphically when he has Jesus remove his outer garment and bend down to wash the feet of those at table with him at the last meal he shared with his disciples. This was the work of slaves who had no rights or privileges and were expected to do whatever the master tells them to do. This is a radical departure from what they were comfortable with as demonstrated by Peter's protest.  But Jesus admonishes them, “As I have done, so you must do.”  Following the example of Jesus, the true disciple would be the first to take the place of a slave and serve others.

Those who are chosen by God and their communities to serve as priests promise to put the people ahead of themselves.  By their sacramental union with Christ they are to think with the compassionate heart of Christ, and from that wellspring of deep love, to serve generously and unreservedly.  Like Jesus, they are to model for their communities what it means that God loves us with an unbounded and everlasting love.  If Jesus came to show us the face of God, then the priest is to show us the face of Christ – even the face ridiculed, despised, rejected, bruised and bloodied – standing for truth, witnessing to justice, loving deeply.  Being a servant-leader calls one to speak truth to power as Jesus did, to act with justice as Jesus did, and to tend to the wounded and the marginalized with tenderness and compassion as Jesus did.

Occasionally we hear priests and ministers speak truth to power or see them on the front line of the struggle of justice.  I think of civil rights activists like Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Groppi; of peace promoters like Daniel Berrigan, Philip Berrigan and John Dear; and of defenders of the rights of the poor Oscar Romero and Martin Royackers. Today, I think of women priests, Jane Via and Janice Severe-Duszynska, whose ministry at the border between Mexico and the United States cries out for justice for those who are seeking asylum in the face of those who would deny them their legal right to so; and of Vikki Marie and Laurel Dykstra who stood up to Kinder-Morgan to protect the rights of First Nations of BC, Mother Earth, the eagles and the salmon, who are exploited by those for whom pipelines and profits are gods; and I think of the many women who are vocal advocates for justice for women in the Church and who risk excommunication for daring to say “Yes” when called to ordination as a priest. 

Presenting an alternate vision of inclusive justice, speaking truth to power and caring for the marginalized, eventually cost Jesus his life.  It will not be without demands on the life of those who would be servant leaders. It is willingness to suffer for others and even die, that shows the depth of God's love.  Such leadership of service and service of leadership is required of priests today.


+Jane

[Jane Kryzanowski, Regina, SK, is bishop for RCWP Canada.]




RCWP Canada priest sentenced to community service for environmental protest

Vikki Marie, Special to The Review | December 1, 2018

Statement to the Court on November 19, 2018, Prepared by The Reverend Doctor Victoria Marie -

Judge Affleck and members of the court:

The first half of my adult life was spent in an alcoholic haze.  However, since I sobered up in 1990, I have dedicated my life to justice, peace and love for all of God's creation.  In 1997, I joined a Franciscan Order of nuns and remained a nun until my ordination as a priest six years ago.  My faith and dedication to justice were the motivating factors for my participation in a peaceful, public protest at the gates of Kinder Morgan Tank Farm.  I admit violating the injunction but my actions were in support of the laws of principles of Canada. 

For example, as a signatory nation to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Canada has agreed to adopt and respect the principle of free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples in all matters covered by their specific rights and to obtain their free and informed prior consent when the preservation of their cultural resources, especially those associated with their way of life.  By approving the KM pipeline, Canada violated this principle with regard to members of the Tsleil-Waututh and other coastal First Nations of BC..  This made KM's continued pipeline preparation and building activities also violations of UNDRIP.

“The federal Fisheries Act gives the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans the legislative authority to protect fish and fish habitat from destructive activities in marine and Inland waters.”   Kinder Morgan,, was charged with 4 separate infractions of the Water Sustainability Act after illegally tampering with salmon spawning by placing snow fencing in salmon spawning streams.    Kinder Morgan was recently cited several times by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for pile driving in Burrard Inlet at levels much louder than those permitted during construction and failing to report the violations as required at the time.  Preservation of the acoustic environment has become critical for Southern resident orca whales.  

Kinder Morgan’s Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) policy statement claims, “Kinder Morgan’s policy is to comply with all health, safety, security and environmental laws, rules and regulations, not just because it is legally required, but also because we believe it is the responsible way to conduct our business and to promote greater environmental responsibility. ”  In contradiction to this, their workers at the Westbridge Marine Terminal have  put a metal casing over an eagle's nest to prevent a pair of eagles from accessing their nest..  This is clearly a violation of the BC Wildlife Act, which states: “A person commits an offence if the person, except as provided by regulation, possesses, takes, injures, molests or destroys” a bird or its egg, the nest of certain birds, including eagles, or any nest occupied by a bird or its egg.



I responded the way I did because my faith demands it.  I believe reconciliation is not an event.  Rather, it is a process.  Reconciliation is more than an apology.  Rather, it is the process of building relationships of mutual respect and mutual trust.  To that end my faith demands that I respond to Article 48 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Call to Action, which calls on all faith and interfaith groups:
•    to formally adopt and comply with the principles, norms, and standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a framework for reconciliation
•    to repudiate concepts used to justify European sovereignty over Indigenous lands and peoples, such as the Doctrine of Discovery and terra nullius

Like, Father John Dear, we Kinder Morgan Pipeline protestors have a "vision of peace, nonviolence, and the new creation, the vision of the promised land before us, the practice of proactive nonviolence, that offers a way out of environmental destruction, as well as permanent war, corporate greed, systemic racism, and extreme poverty."

When I say I believe in the sanctity of all life, that includes non-human life: the creatures of the sea and the birds of the air.  It also includes human livelihood.  Overriding it all is the desire to follow Jesus' command to love.  That is why at the gates of Kinder Morgan Tank Farm we prayed for justice for our Indigenous brothers and sisters and for Kinder Morgan workers, we prayed for the Eagle pair evicted from their home.  We prayed for the Earth and her waters. 

In short, I violated the injunction because I knew that I was to undergo major surgery in June and I did not want to die without doing what I could to support the laws and principles that the government of Canada espouse but were being ignored.  These are the very same laws and principles that my faith demands that I follow regarding Indigenous and all Peoples, the land, waters and flora and fauna of this land.  Thank you for listening.

[Reverend Dr. Victoria Marie is Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community Society and a member of the Vancouver Catholic Worker, Vancouver, BC]

Editor's Note:  View a video starting from the day of the  arrest (May 18, 2018) to outside the Court on Monday (Nov 19, 2018), and closing with the court imposed sentences:
https://youtu.be/bR_xMGWUlOY





Binding
The
Strong
Man

Radical Discipleship, radicaldiscipleship.net | Ordinary Time, 2018, Year B of the Revised Common Lectionary

During the weeks of Ordinary Time, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Binding The Strong Man, Ched Myers’ extraordinary political reading of Mark’s Gospel.

November 25, 2018 being the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time, the final installment brings this series to a close.  The next issue of The Review will contain a link to the whole series in the section entitled Free access to on-line or pdf downloadable books and book-length articles.

[
For each Sunday of Ordinary Time, RCWP Canada semi-Monthly Review  posts links to Myers' comments.]




Catholic Women Called - Wrap Up

Catholic Women Called, Youtube video


In our final installment of Catholic Women Called, we have woven together the voices of women called to renewed priesthood and challenge the institutional Church to celebrate and empower the ministries of women.





Free access to on-line or pdf downloadable books and book-length articles:


195 Reasons Why Women Should Be Ordained
       by Editor, RCWP Canada Monthly Review
       
Women Priests -- Answering the Call
      by Catherine Cavanaugh

Gaudete et Exsultate
     by Pope Francis

Why Women Should Be Priests
     by Roy Bourgeois

Women Priests - A Catholic Commentary on the Vatican Declaration
      edited by Leonard Swidler and Arlene Swidler


Dancing My Life, Dancing My God 

      by Judith Pellerin





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Impressions from the Parliament of World Religions by RCWP Canada Bishop Emerita

Marie Bouclin, Special to The Review | December 1, 2018

The privilege of attending a Parliament of World Religions has been a long-standing wish for me because of an equally long-standing interest in ecumenism and interfaith dialogue. Toronto being only a few hours away, I enthusiastically welcomed the opportunity to attend and work with Mary Ellen, Becky Lee and Janet Speth of CNWE in presenting a break-out session. I knew that a very capable team was renting a booth and putting together a presentation on the Roman Catholic Women Priests movement. I also anticipated reconnecting with friends and acquaintances from CNWE and RCWP/ARCWP but was especially eager to hear experts in various fields speak on issues of justice, non-violence and women’s rights from the perspective of various faith traditions. What follows are the highlights from  three of the I attended, ending with a brief synopsis of the CNWE session, interspersed with enjoyable reconnections.

Upon arrival in Toronto, I met up with Rose Mewhort who had traveled from Galiano Island. Having recently completed a doctorate with GMU in the areas of Art and World Religions, Rose was eager to experience first-hand the expression of so many faiths she had read about or studied. She had her own list of people she hoped to encounter in person. Once we became familiar with the Toronto public transit system and the Parliament venue, we went our separate paths - there were just too many choices in presentations to take them all in - meeting occasionally at the RCWP booth. I must commend Suz Thiel and her team for affording us the opportunity to bring our message to many people. Many were young women, many were older “former Catholics”, some were from other faiths who simply stopped by to wish us well in our pursuit of justice for women. To each Canadian we gave our RCWP Canada brochure.  

One thread that ran through all the presentations I attended was the rise of populism, which Senator Ratna Omidvar defined as “thin ideology” characterized by the distrust and rejection of “the other” – namely immigrants and refugees. In her remarks, she dispelled the myths that immigrants take away jobs, that refugees are overrunning the country and neither integrate well into Canadian society – citing the influx of Irish migrants fleeing famine in their country in the 1800’s and Italians looking to Canada for work in the early 1900’s. Migration, she said, is a global force and a constant phenomenon involving people who are seeking a better life. She noted that we, in Canada, are addicted to those who will do jobs we don’t want. Rather than adopt an “us versus them” mentality, which only serves to undermine democracy and splinter society, she (herself a refugee from Iran) proposes that we work to make the places refugees come from safer and more prosperous and start talking respectfully to people who disagree with us to find the common ground to do so.

Professor Irwin Cotler had earlier spoken of the many dangers associated with populism, the demonizing of segments of society and state orchestrated incitement to hate that can eventually lead to genocide such as happened in Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda and Myanmar. Those dangers include remaining silent in the face of oppression; indifference in the face of crimes against humanity (“we knew but did not act”), noting that in Syria, 600, 000 people were killed and 6 million refugees have fled; and failure to hold violators of human rights to account; offering sanctuary to enemies of humanity and offering impunity to oppressors. He spoke of the need to speak truth to power, give voice to the voiceless, of protecting women and children against violence and the danger of being by-standers and enablers. Finally, he touched briefly on the importance of working to free political prisoners – probably a reference to his work with Amnesty International.

The third event I was eager to attend was a panel featuring former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, Lt-General Roméo Dallaire, and Senator Doug Roche. Kim Campbell covered a variety of subjects from the environment to women in leadership, notable that we have an obligation to question unjust situation, to ask “why?” Doug Roche reminded us that we are still maturing as humans and that we are moving towards a culture of peace, that we dare not lose hope. Lt-General Dallaire believes humanity will find solutions to the problem of racial and gender inequality but it will take another two centuries, and also a revolution within religions, to establish fundamental human rights for all. Unfortunately, these last two speakers were left too little time (only 5 minutes each) to elaborate on their remarks.

Among the enjoyable reconnections was with Rosemary Ganley, an ardent supporter of women’s ordination. Her work for women’s rights is legendary and brought her to the United Nations’ and G-20 committee on the status of women. Delightful and often inspiring conversations, as well as a celebration of Eucharist, took place at the RCWP booth with Roberta Fuller, +Suzanne Thiel, Virginia Lafond (CNWE Ottawa), + Mary Eileen Collingwood and Kathie Ryan of ARCWP.

The breakfast and dinner exchanges with Ann Manuel and Becky Lee who graciously housed me for the duration of the Parliament were both stimulating and heart-warming. Becky gifted me with her latest book, “Canadian Women Shaping Diasporic Religious Identities” which I hope to review for The (CNWE) Seed Keepers and our Review.

The CNWE break-out session was titled “Wisdom raises her voices: networking for justice” to challenge patriarchy. It offered an opportunity to reflect upon and then name what breaks our hearts within our own Wisdom tradition (or religious affiliation), what gives us hope, how each of us participates in creating hope for positive change within our tradition, and what are some concrete ways we can act to bring about positive change. About 40 people attended. We closed, as I do now, with this prayer:

Wisdom of the cosmos, surround us
Wisdom of our grounding, root us
Wisdom of our gifts, make us generous
Wisdom of our needs, make us humble
Wisdom of our hopes, sustain us
Wisdom of our wildest dreams, propel us
Wisdom of our voices raised, strengthen us
Wisdom be with us, in us, around us, now and always.
    
[Marie Boucline, M.Th., Sudbury, ON, is bishop emerita for RCWP Canada]





When Our Hearts Echo Holy Wisdom - Homily at the Parliament of World Religions

Barbara Billey, Special to The Review | December 1, 2018


How many of us resonate with the lamentations of the nymph Echo from Greek mythology? She parrots other peoples' thoughts and beliefs. She falls in love with Narcissus who, in his all-consuming preoccupation with himself, cannot love her. "Farewell, farewell, farewell.," Echo laments. She has lost herself by loving, where love cannot be found.
 
We can fall in love with the ideologies of politicians and religious leaders who promise security at the expense of others' freedoms. Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to send thousands of military to the Mexican border in order to block access of refugees from Honduras. I could go on at length about the multiple injustices that are persecuting women, men and their children.
 
We can also be swept away by institutions, parents and partners who love on the condition that we reflect their image. What is the cost of this kind of compliance?
 
In her poem Encounter, Bishop Michele Birch-Conery writes,
 
Tears came.
I could have wept
a year, a hundred years,
centuries even.
All our loss, grief
of every kind,
Then, now
and yet to come.
 
Holy Wisdom cries out her pain for our nations' peoples; our religious and other institutions; our natural resources; and for all who cannot live out their sacred calling.
  
On this All Soul's day, when the veil is thin between us and our ancestors, we call in the women of the early Christian Church. The picture above captures images of these women drawn by artists on the walls of ancient catacombs. [Editor's note:  Click here for images from the Catacombs.] They were leaders of Christian communities - deacons, priests and bishops - who carried forward Jesus' message of mercy, love and justice.

By the 4th century A.D., male, Roman Catholic Church leaders usurped women's voices. They assumed power over our religious tradition and human rights, established canon laws that dictated women's place in Church and society.  Ordained women religious leaders were silenced and disappeared.

In the Gospel we heard Jesus say, "A tree is known by its fruit"(Matt 12:33). For hundreds of years, women and girls have been exploited and sexually abused in all religious traditions. We have been excluded from positions of leadership and denied our right to follow our sacred callings. These practices echo through the halls and boardrooms of government, education, business and family. Where is the fruit?
 
"We were here once and now we are back!," says bishop Michele. Through our women priest movement in the Roman Catholic tradition we no longer echo the voice of patriarchy. We have untangled ourselves from the sticky web of oppression and found our voices. How?  Our model of priesthood embraces Jesus' values of compassion, inclusion, equality and justice. We love our tradition and we, with the people of God, are re-creating the future Church.

We are meeting the spiritual and practical needs of people in these complex times through ministering to fractured families, refugees, LGBTQI persons, those who are disenfranchised from the institutional Church, the aging and ill. We focus on systemic change through gender and eco-justice.

Our liturgies are sacramental prayer that creates the conditions for meaningful encounters with the Sacred through the use of contemporary theologies and expressive arts. In our non-clerical, non-hierarchical stance, each person has a voice around the table of worship, including sharing collective wisdom within the homily. Our theology is about blessing, acceptance and gratitude; rather than, atonement that focuses on our sinfulness and unworthiness.
 
As we deepen into our liturgy today, you'll notice images of and metaphors for God that are gender inclusive and devoid of monarchial designations such as King and Lord.

We reverence our planet Earth and all created beings. The Cosmic Christ is a living reality with us. Our liturgies are rituals of transforming and empowering grace.

Through our ordinations, we dare to break an unjust, canon law that disregards the rightful place of women called by God to be leaders in the Church. Our ordinations are valid through apostolic succession. The Divine Feminine is being birthed through us and all who are with us. We are bearing fruit.  Again from the poem Encounter.

Wisdom Divine
She brings us back to ourselves.
She pushes us
Through her great birth passage
sending us everywhere.
We come forth
from her head, her heart,
her hands, her feet.
She has borne
us, again and again,
from her whole self.
We have become her.
She was already us.
 
Each one of us is called by Holy Wisdom, and by the Risen Christ whose essence is Wisdom to echo new sounds of freedom and justice for all. On this All Soul's day in the presence of our women ancestors, we might ask ourselves, What words of justice and peace do I echo?
 
[Barbara J. Billey, M.A. (Counselling), Windsor, ON, is a Registered Psychotherapist, a Canadian Certified Counsellor, a Registered Canadian Art Therapist, and a priest of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.]





Roman Catholic Women Priests and Association of Roman Catholic Priests (from both Canada and the United States) collaborate at Parliament of World Religions

Roberta Fuller, Special to The Review | December 1, 2018

I have just returned home afster a glorious Parliament of World Religions in Toronto.  There were 10,000 attendees, luminaries and excellent seminars and keynote speakers from diverse faiths.  To name but a few: Bob Rae, Margaret Atwood, Kim Campbell (who is doing phenomenal work in Alberta these days, incredible!)  and General Romeo Dellaire (who did amazingly dedicated work in the past), Chicago"s Cardinal Cupich, who made a brilliant pleenary speech, and Matthew fox who invited us all into his Cosmic Mass, plus many other brlliant theologians.

Roman Catholic Women Priests and Association of Roman Catholic Priests (from both Canada and the United States) shared a booth which I helped to work at.  It was a very positive collaboration.  There were two RCWP priests from California that I knew from my ordination as a deacon there, before RCWP Canada had a bishop.  Suz Thiel is now a bishop and Juanita Cordero is, in my book a saint, because she has helped to initiate and bring to fruition two sites for the homeless in northern California, and raised funds and clearance for these projects.

ARCWP was represented by a bishop from Cleveland, Mary Ellen Collingwood and Kathleen Ryan, a priest; just awesome representatives.  Then there was me.  We all shared time in the booth together, shared laughter, too, and established a loving, respectful bond.

Also, we presented together.  They showed Power Point illustrations of the wonderful wok they were doing.  The conference had cut our presentation time, so there was no way I could present my full paper.  Thus, I introduced a video on Ecological Spirituality I made last summer to end on a whsical note, plus a handout with references to the sources in my paper, especially Laudato Si.  Barb Billey, ARCWP, also attended for a shorter visit with two candidates.  She made a presenatation and a liturgy which I was unable to attend due to overlap.  She dropped by the booth, as did RCWP Canada bishop emerita, Marie Bouclin.  Marie was a presenter at another workshop sponsored by Catholic Network For Women's Equality, which I was able to attend.  Rosemary Ganley was another familiar face and presenter.  Rosemary is a journalist and strong supporter of RCWP Canada in both Peterborough and Toronto.

I also blessed two dedicated, loving young men who wished to marry.  Unfortunately, I could not conduct their marriage, because they did not have the necessary licenses.  We gathered a strong supporsting crowd.  There was a dedicated LGBTQ room at PWR.  One of these men was from Egypt.  Should he return to Egypt, his life would be at rist.  Many African states are equaly intolerant.  I shall never understand this.  People do not chose to be gay or lesbian anymore than we can select our hair and eye colour.  It is so sad that these innocent people suffer such intolerance, discrimination and often, death.

Speaking of tolerance, I had something nice happen.  Several of my former profs from St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, made a point of coming over to greet and recognize me.  This was especially meaninful to me because we were wearing our clerical collars for public relations purposes, and they are in Roman Catholic religious orders.

The Parliament of World Religions was a base for many faiths from Ba'hai to Zoroastrians, including Pagans, and almost every branch of Christianity.  We opened a dialogue with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto people who were located directly behind us, with Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs.  The Sikhs amazingly provided a free lunch for everyone, everyday.  It was such a deeply worthwhile occasion where we found fellow believers in the positive messages of love and unity.

The seminars and workshops were outstanding, but unfortunately, not staggered or repeated enough, so that one had to choose between two or three you really wanted to attend.

It was expensive to register and to pay for a booth, all in US dollars, but I wouldn't have missed it.  It was a beautiful, expanding conference, supporting inclusive brotherhood and sisterhood, and since I don't believe God cares about labels, we need more of this.  The Parliament of World Religions is only held every three years, so save your money.  It'll be worth every cent.
[Roberta Fuller, M.Th.,Lindsay, ON, is a RCWP Canada priest serving St. Mary Magdalene, The First Apostle Catholic Faith Community, Pickering, ON]





Who are Canada’s ‘most historically significant’ women?

Donica Belisle and Andrea Eidinger, theconversation.com | November 15, 2018


Mother Earth, used according to the request of the photographer, Vivian Lynch, at her Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/people/eskimo_jo/

When it comes to women’s history in this country, most Canadians could use a refresher, according to a recent poll conducted by Historica Canada about the history of women in Canada. Media outlets like the Globe and Mail and Huffington Post picked up its findings and ran stories about how Canadians need to be more aware of their country’s historically significant women.


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Reformation women pushed biblical application of the role of women forward in a way not seen since New Testament times

Kristen Padilla, christianitytoday.com | November 2018

While Argula Von Grumbach, Katharina Schütz Zell, and Marie Dentière were not necessarily arguing for a full-orbed egalitarian vision, we must recognize that what they were doing (writing and speaking out on matters of Scripture and faith and asking to argue with men in public) was radically counter-cultural. Their appropriation of the priesthood of all believers, which has largely gone ignored over the last half millennium, was a redemptive move that pushed the biblical application of the role of women forward in a way that had not been done since the days of the New Testament.

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Meet the Women Priests of the Church of Sweden


David Gonzalez, nytimes.com | November 5, 2018

Juliette Robert set out to photograph women priests and bishops (in Sweden), who signified a powerful contrast to the conservative Catholicism Ms. Robert had known (in France).

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Give Us This Day short videos on the lives of Oscar Romero and Dorthy Day and Thérèse Martin


Give Us This Day and The Sheen Center For Thought & Culture come together to tell the story of ordinary men and women whose extraordinary lives inspire the moral imagination and give witness to the myriad ways of holiness.

The text for these short videos is taken from Blessed Among Us by Robert Ellsberg and drawn from the acclaimed column of the same name in Give Us This Day.

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Joint UN Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Statement by the Heads of UN agencies, UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and UNFPA, calling for solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls.

Date: Sunday, November 25, 2018

To commemorate this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Secretary-General’s UNiTE Campaign is calling upon us to stand in solidarity with survivors and survivor advocates and women’s human rights defenders who are working to prevent and end violence against women and girls. Our duty is not only to stand in solidarity with them but also to intensify our efforts to find solutions and measures to stop this preventable global scourge with a detrimental impact on women’s and girls’ lives and health.

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