Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Homily at Holy Spirit Catholic Community, Feast of Body and Blood of Christ, Beverly Bingle RCWP


Today's gospel
looks like a giant picnic potluck
for the Knights of Columbus.
Luke tells us that there were 5,000 men
sitting on the grass
eating fish sandwiches.
Who planned it?
Who cooked the fish, baked the bread, and packed the baskets?
Matthew's gospel gives us a hint.
When Matthew tells this story
of the multiplication of the loaves and fish,
he adds a detail: “not counting women and children.”
Theologian Megan McKenna suggests that the ratio at that time
would have been 5 or 6 women and children
for every adult man,
so the crowd would have been 25,000 or 30,000
if everyone had been counted.
That many people in a crowd,
whether it's 5,000 or 30,000, cannot be factual.
Jesus was outside the fishing village of Bethsaida,
total population of no more than 6,000,
so maybe 1,200 men from there... if they all came.
The other 3,800 couldn't have come from the surrounding towns.
The biggest village outside Bethsaida
had no more than 400 people,
which would be 80 adult men
and 320 women and children from there
and even fewer from each of the smaller villages.
Knowing how outings like picnics work in our time,
we can figure out where the food came from.
It's those Daughters of Isabella, the “ladies' auxiliary” of the KofC.
They fixed it and brought it,
and the miracle that Jesus performed
was getting people to share it—to give it to others.
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Besides this feeding of the 5,000 in Luke,
the gospels report lots of other meals that Jesus had a part in,
among them the feeding of the 4,000,
the Cana wedding feast;
meals at the house of Matthew, Peter, Levi, Simon,
Mary and Martha and their brother Lazarus, Zacchaeus;
dinners at the houses of two different Pharisees;
the Last Supper;
and after the resurrection at table in Emmaus;
in his appearance to the ten disciples;
and at breakfast on the beach.
These stories are not history.
They are metaphors put together by the evangelists
to tell important lessons about Jesus' life and teaching.
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The first century society that Jesus lived in
typically saw four different meanings in meals:
to support kinship,
to enforce boundaries,
to perpetuate social values,
and to gain honor.
And Jesus turned every one of them upside down.
He used meals to disrupt social values
and overturn cultural standards.
For example, Jesus used meals
to redefine who he considered his family.
When his mother and brothers called for him to come out to them,
Jesus said that his family
are the people who hear the word of God and keep it.
And Jesus used meals
to challenge exclusivism in his society and in his religion.
He put the needs of people
ahead of traditions about washing or fasting
or keeping Sabbath rules.
He ate with sinners.
He didn't hesitate to call attention to a sinner
as serving God more faithfully
than a host with great social rank.
In short, when Jesus' followers talked about him,
they remembered his subversive message of love
embodied in table fellowship.
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Catholic theologian Joseph Martos
says that the question he asks,
and which most scholars do not ask,
is what experience is the evangelist trying to talk about
when language is being used metaphorically?
What experience of Jesus
is Luke trying to talk about in the feeding of the 5,000?
What experience of Jesus
were the gospel writers trying to talk about
with at least 18 different stories
of meals and eating and drinking—all that table fellowship?
When we look at Jesus' teaching as a whole,
it makes perfect sense.
In his latest book
[Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual]
Dr. Martos says that the people of the time
who heard Jesus say
“This is my body” and “This is my blood”—
at least the ones who had followed him along the way—
they would have taken those sentences as metaphors.
My flesh is real food!
My blood is real drink!
I am real!
Chew on what I have said and done.
Drink in what I have taught.
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The pattern in that letter of Paul we just heard
uses language that we still use at Mass—
took, blessed, broke, gave.
That pattern shows up in the multiplication of the loaves and fish.
It shows up in the Last Supper narratives.
It's what Jesus did,
and what he tells us to do:
Take—you have life, so grab on and live it.
Bless—thank God for all that is, life and breath, wine and bread.
Break—put all you have into loving others, even if it breaks you...
until it does break you.
Give—give all out of love. Give your self away.
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So we follow the way of Jesus.
We chew on his example,
drink in his teaching.
We forgive.
We include everyone.
We love one another.
We have potlucks.
And we break bread together.

--
Holy Spirit Catholic Community
Saturdays at 4:30 p.m./Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
at 3925 West Central Avenue (Washington Church)

www.holyspirittoledo.org

Rev. Dr. Bev Bingle, Pastor
Mailing address: 3156 Doyle Street, Toledo, OH 43608-2006

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Resources to Connect the Cosmic Mary, Gender Empowerment and Women Priests,


..."Mary is the champion, the fierce tigress for justice. ...She is everywhere: she is one of us and the least of us. She is best pictured as the black Madonna...the earth mother who keeps her promise  to guide and protect our planet... There is a direct connection between who Mary is and what all women are in their full empowerment."

 This is the reason we named our community Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota. 
I think this book is one to awaken your spiritual energies as you contemplate your mystical path to the depths of Divine love revealed in the Sacred Feminine.  (David Richo, When Mary Becomes Cosmic, 
pp. 6-7)




Mary, Mother of Jesus, prays with hands extended in "orans" position, like priests do today. For centuries, Christians viewed Mary as the first priest. 

The devotion to Mary Priest

from Wijngaards Research Site:

"The devotion to Mary as Priest can be documented in many ways.
  1. It consisted in the strong belief that Mary was, indeed, a priest.
    Tradition indicates four main reasons: Mary belonged to a priestly family, Mary exercised priestly functions, Mary gave us the Eucharist and Mary procures forgiveness of sins.
  2. Tradition stressed especially Mary’s role as a sacrificial priest.
    Mary’s role as Sacrificial Priest is seen particularly in her offering Jesus during the Presentation in the Temple and during his crucifixion on Calvary.
  3. Devotion to Mary Priest blossomed greatly among ordained ministers.
    Mary was seen to have a special relationship to priests, not least in the celebration of the Eucharist.
  4. The devotion to Mary Priest has been present throughout the history of the Church.
    Read the witness of theologians and spiritual writers, with references to extensive quotations.
  5. The devotion to Mary Priest was also expressed in religious art.
    Visit our gallery of images of Mary Priest."

 In 352 AD Council of Laodicea declared that  women are not to
 be ordainedhttp://www.womenpriests.org/mrpriest/




Visit our website to see information about Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive  Catholic Community. www.marymotherofjesus.org

We are a community of empowerment the gifts of all are affirmed. We live Gospel equality and inclusiveness. Galations 3:28 reminds us that baptized into Christ, women and men are equal. 
 Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests: www.arcwp.org
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP,
sofiabmm@aol.com

Nausicaa Giulia Bianchi Will Present Her Project "You Gave the Virgin a New Heart" at Jubilee of Women Priests in Rome.

http://www.womenpriestsproject.org/1junerome

The Holy Father will celebrate the Jubilee of Priests from the 1st
 of the 3rd of June in Rome. After his recent announcement 
about the creation of a commission to study female diaconate,
 I thought was important to be present in Rome in the shape of lectures and a open-air exhibition in the streets of Rome.


1 JUNE 2016 5PM @ CASA INTERNAZIONALE DELLE DONNE

Within the event a Jubilee for Women Priests organized by the association Women Ordination Worldwide, Nausicaa Giulia Bianchi will present her project "You Gave The Virgin a New Heart".

The documentary project explores the life and faith of Roman Catholic Women Priests that are excommunicated by the Vatican because they disobey a canon law that says that only a male can be ordained priest. Since 2013 Bianchi has met more than 70 women in United States and Colombia.







“Inspired by prophets and mystics, against clericalism and power, women priests open their communities to divorced, gay, and all those whom the Church does not invite to their Eucharistic table. I was shown a model of world where if there is no justice for the smallest and the weakest, then there’s no justice at all. To me those women are a symbol. They are showing us the primacy of conscience and how to renew our own tradition.”— Giulia Bianchi


1 JUNE PROJECT PRESENTATION
5 PM, DRINKS RECEPTION
Join women ordination worlwide speakers and activists
photography exhibition You Gave The Virgin a New Heart6 PM, WOMENPRIESTSPROJECT PRESENTATION - FIRST SESSION
lecture by Giulia Bianchi (photos and videos)
Q&A7 PM, WOMENPRIESTSPROJECT PRESENTATION - SECOND SESSION
videos presented by Giulia Bianchi
interview with women priests
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You can find us in Sala Tosi and the Chiostro


STREET EXHIBITION FROM 29 MAY TO 7 JUNE

We're organizing an exhibition in the streets of Rome in the areas of Trastevere and Saint Peter. The photos will be printed as manifests and bill posted on city walls.



A map will be shared the last week of may. Below, example of posters.







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Debate on Women Deacons in New York Times, Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWPJoins Debate "Healing Sexism and Gender Empowerment in the Catholic Church"

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2016/05/24/if-catholic-women-could-be-deacons?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-right-region&region=opinion-c-col-right-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-right-region

Bridget Mary's Response to Debate: 
 The full equality of women in the church and the world is the voice of God in our times, and includes ordination of women as deacons, priests and bishops, and women in decision making roles in the church. The international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement promotes a renewed priestly ministry that is one with the people with whom we serve in grassroots, faith communities where all are welcome. I love the church and am passionate about promoting equality to heal centuries old oppression and exclusion of women as spiritual equals. I ordain women and men not to foster clericalism, but to promote inclusiveness in empowered, communities where all can find a spiritual home in the warm embrace of sisters and brothers who follow Jesus' message and example of compassion in action on behalf of justice.  In my community, we gather in a circle around the altar, pray the Eucharistic prayer together and share dialogue homilies that honor the Spirit of God speaking through the entire community. The entire Body of Christ, as the church teaches, celebrates Eucharist. 
Visit www.marymotherofjesus.org

Let me be clear, one of the major issues in the ordination debate is celebrating our oneness with the people as communities of faith who are devoted to healing sexism and promoting gender empowerment.  Right now in our institutional church, for example, Catholics are deprived of hearing the stories of women's faith experiences in homilies because they are not allowed to preach. This discrimination and exclusion of women at the altar and in decision making in our church is connected to the abuse and violence toward women in the world. Decision making is reserved for the ordained according to church law, therefore women are excluded.  

There is a major disconnect that ignores our spiritual equality as images of the divine. Baptism makes us all spiritual equals in Christ, therefore, a male priest does not image Jesus more than a female priest. We need to see the feminine face of God in women as well as men to restore a sense of spiritual balance, partnership and integration. Genesis states that women and men are created in the divine image, so both women and men reflect God. Therefore, how can we say you need to be a physical male to be in Persona Christi?

 God is calling women as well as men to serve as deacons, priests and bishops today. We are living Jesus' vision of a discipleship of equals to  heal our church's deep wound of sexism and to foster gender empowerment in communities that are open, loving, compassionate and inclusive.

 See stories of ministry of women deacons, priests in vibrant, inclusive communities on this blog for more information as well as visit our website. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org

Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan Ordains Ronnnie Dubignon a priest in Orlando in Jan. 2016
www.arcwp.org

Monday, May 23, 2016

"Father Aunt Mary Speaks: Amazing Things" with Mary Bergan Blanchard ARCWP Airs on Wed. May 25th, Enjoy!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1796597940569629
The  Mary Bergan Blanchard Interview with  Rev. Evelyn Foreman will air on Wed. May 25th Eastern time, 4:00.  Mountain 3:00, etc.


Once the show airs, it will be archived at:  www.UnityOnlineRadio.org/TheCallofSpirit (which we recommend you updating after the show airs).
www.arcwp.org

LA FIESTA DE LA ESENCIA DIVINA! Juan 16: 12-15. Olga Lucia Álvarez Benjumea ARCWP

https://evangelizadorasdelosapostoles.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/la-fiesta-de-la-esencia-divina-juan-16-12-15-olga-lucia-alvarez-benjumea-arcwp/


Estar en la presencia de la Esencia Divina, es estar en su Plenitud Divina! Es hacernos UNA/O con EL/Ella.
Que atrevida esta frase! Pero, sentir la Plenitud Divina en nuestro interior es algo que no se puede decir con palabras, solamente se vive!
El texto del Evangelio de hoy nos dice:
12 Aun tengo muchas cosas que decirles, pero ahora no las pueden comprender.13 Pero cuando viniere aquel Espíritu de verdad, él los irá guiando hasta la verdad plena; porque no hablará de sí mismo, sino que hablará todo lo que oyere, y les hará saber las cosas que han de venir.14 El (griego: ekeinos – él mismo) me glorificará: porque tomará de lo mío, y se los  hará saber. 15 Todo lo que tiene el Padre, es mío: por eso dije que tomará de lo mío, y se lo comunicará a ustedes.
JUAN 16:12-15


Reflexionado el Evangelio de este día. Fui avanzando, tomé el Metro, en la Estación Ayurá, en medio de un sol fuerte y brillante, me bajé en la Estación del Metro Hospital y empecé a caminar subiendo la empinada cuesta, que nos hace rozar con el muro que protege por un lado del Cementerio de San Pedro, (hoy convertido en museo) hacia el sitio,  donde ahora esta la sede de Fundación Bordado a Mano.
La sede esta ubicada, en esta en uno de los barrios, más desprestigiados -cuando digo desprestigiado, da lugar a pensar todo lo que quieras-  de la capital antioqueña llamado: Lovaina! Así se llama la capital bélgica, conocida como la “Ciudad Universitaria” o la “Salamanca europea” por la afluencia de estudiantes y universidades. Ciudad destrozada y sufrida en las I-II Guerras Mundiales. Hoy reconstruida sigue en pie como símbolo de las guerras y de la solidaridad sororal.
Su historia muy parecida a la de la Fundación Bordado a Mano…por cuantas sedes hemos pasado? Ya lo olvidé. Llevamos 6 años, del “tingo al tango”. Pero, no estamos muertas a pesar de los golpes. El grupo ha crecido ahora somos 60!
Mientras subía y subía, me venia el Evangelio a la mente y gozaba en pensar lo que es disfrutar de la fuerza y energía Divina: Padre-Madre, Hijo y Espíritu Santo/a=Ruah. Unidos, UNA/UNO! Y yo ahí metida en El/Ella y El/Ella en mí! Todo lo de El/Ella es mío! Porque hago parte de la familia Divina, según lo explicitado en mi Bautismo! No soy una extraña.
“..tomará de lo mío y se lo comunicará a ustedes” O sea que es una Divinidad que escucha. Me oirá, en las preocupaciones, quejas, dudas, y debilidades, y “lo comunicará a ustedes”.
Pero, cómo?
No hagas preguntas. No tenga expectativas. Déjala, Ella sabe cómo hacerlo! Tú solo vive el presente en su Presencia!
A medida que subía, era cada vez más fuerte ese sentir: Estar en la presencia de la Esencia Divina, es estar en su Plenitud Divina!
Es ese estar allí dónde El/Ella esta, sin las cargas del pasado, sin memorias ancestrales, sin preocupaciones, sin prejuicios, porque El/Ella se encarga de esa carga, de  hacerla suya,  borrarla y para que tu y yo podamos seguir avanzando, con entusiasmo, con alegría hacia el insertarnos en la Plenitud Divina!
Así lo vivimos y comentamos en el encuentro que tuvimos hoy en la Fundación Bordado a Mano, compartiendo nuestras historias, llenas de huellas que nos han hecho cada vez más humanas: “A mi marido, lo mataron”, “a mi hijo lo mataron”, ” a mi hermano lo mataron, cerca de aqui”, “yo soy pos-penada, ustedes ya saben mi historia 4 años y medio privada de la libertad”, “mi hijo esta privado de la libertad, en Bogotá”, “yo soy una penada, estoy en libertad condicional…”
Cómo no sentir la presencia de la Esencia Divina, en estas vidas? Miro sus ojos. En ellos no veo maldad, solo hay el pleno deseo de la sobrevivencia, luchar y ser solidarias, las unas con las otras. De realizar planes, para salir adelante a pesar del rechazo de la sociedad y esperar la llegada de las compañeras que aún están en prisión, para juntas lograr la re-socialización
Por eso el Padre-Madre, las glorifica, el Hijo las redime, y el Espíritu Santo/a las santifica.
AQUÍ SE VIVE Y SE SIENTE EL POST-CONFLICTO, LA RECONCILIACIÓN Y LA PAZ

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Homily – Trinity Sunday – 22 May 2016 -A Stable Trinitarian Church May 21, 2016 by Richard S. Vosko







https://richardsvosko.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/homily-trinity-sunday-22-may-2016-a-stable-trinitarian-church/

Trinity Sunday C – 22 May 2016 – A Stable Trinitarian Church
"Last week on the feast of Pentecost I referenced a first century architect who said buildings should be functional, stable and beautiful. I proposed that the holy Spirit can energize us to act as a functional church. Today I ask you to imagine with me how the Triune God is the foundation for a stable church.
Buckminster Fuller was an idea man who worked in multiple fields —architecture, engineering, design. With a commitment to make the world function for the well-being of human beings he crossed conventional boundaries. He colored outside the lines. He used triangles rather than rectangles in his structures because they were more stable and would hold up better under pressure. 
Fuller’s perspectives were based on the principle of synergetics —  total system behavior unpredicted by the behavior of any isolated components. We function wholistically when our bodies, minds and souls are in synch working together more so than when they are not in synch. In this regard, Fuller understood God as a verb and not a noun. [1]  Fuller would have agreed with author Jason Derr who wrote that God is an action we bring to the world to make love, justice, mercy, joy and goodness known. 
I think about the stability of the church and our synergy. What makes us stable enough to hold up under pressure? How do we continue to think of the interdependence of our mystical body in a world that is full of so many dangers, in societies where governments, religions, households and individuals are not functioning wholistically? 
The idea of a triune Godhead is not explicitly interpreted in the bible. The Trinity was officially formulated (three persons in one being) at the Council of Nicea in 325 CE. Elizabeth Johnson writes that the God encountered in the concrete life of Jesus of Nazareth and was present in the spirit of the church and world “was transposed into an abstract, complex and literal and oppressive trinitarian theology. 

Salvation through Jesus Christ, Johnson noted, 
requires a view of God 
that leaves no one subordinate or silenced … 
we must think of the Trinity with liberating power.” [2]
The mystery of the Trinity invites us to see ourselves as part of a divine triangle that functions, that provides stability in a very fragile shaky world environment. 
In Richard Rohr’s words, eventually we get the courage
 to say, 
I am a little part of that which I am seeking
In this moment, the idea of God as transcendent shifts 
to the realization that God is imminent.” [3]
Like a triangle, God is a stable foundation in our lives 
that provides you and me with the wisdom and 
strength to stand up against all injustices.
How do we know and place our faith in this God? 
We can count on the witness of God
 in Jesus Christ. We read in the gospel that the 
spirit of God provides everything 
we need to experience how God works in our lives. 
God is not done yet and cannot be stuck in time.
 “The Spirit constantly updates our understanding 
of the once-for-all revelation of God in the Christ-event.” [4] 
Recognizing the spirit flowing in one another is very 
important for the stability of the church. 
It is a spirit that is not reserved only to a few privileged members but one that moves freely in and through 
each one of us and our life experiences. 
Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich calls it 
“The everyday 
life of the soul (feelings, thoughts and words), 
the things that the big picture of history usually omits, 
or disdains.” Sadly some church leaders do the same by overlooking the ways the Spirit guides everyone.
Carl Elefante, FAIA (the next president of the American Institute of Architects) spoke recently about how architecture influences behavior, how it shapes human performance, productivity, 
well-being, and health. He said “we don’t have to seek 
relevance but seize it.” So too, we who make up the 
church, fashioned after a triune God, can shape human performance, productivity, well being and health. 
All we have to do is discover anew every day how 
God exists in our own lives, grab hold of it and 
then share it with others."
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  1.  Fuller, Buckminster. No More Secondhand God (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois Univ Press,1963)
  2.  Johnson, Elizabeth. Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God. ( NY: Continuum) 2008, 208-9
  3.  Rohr, Richard. Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer. (NY: Crossroad Book, 2003) Adapted in part.
  4.  Reginald H. Fuller and Daniel Westberg. Preaching the Lectionary:The Word of God for the Church Today. (Collegeville: Liturgical Press. 1984 (Revised Edition),  442-443.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Homilia: Fiesta de la Trinidad; Homily on the Trinity in Spanish by Christina Moriera ARCWP

https://lashomiliasdeluz.wordpress.com/

Article on Interview with Roman Catholic Women Priests Jen O'Malley and Suzanne Thiel on Women Deacons and Link to CNN Interview with Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP

Article Featuring Roman Catholic Women Priests in Christian Century
http://christiancentury.org/blogs/archive/2016-05/womenpriests-prospect-female-deacons
CNN Interview with Bridget Mary Meehan

Womenpriests on the prospect of female deacons

"There’s the Pope Francis buzz. And then there’s reality. 
Last week news outlets reported that Pope Francis would form a commission to study the issue of female deacons in the Catholic Church. The predictable reverberations began immediately. Within days, the phrase “female priests” wormed its way into the headlines. While some hailed the pope’s progressive stance and remarked on potential changes in the Catholic Church, others pointed out the lack of historical precedent for female deacons serving in the same role as their male counterparts. More in-depth analyses and clarifications soon followed.
One group in particular remains highly skeptical that any real changes will occur: the women already ordained as Roman Catholic priests.
Roman Catholic Womenpriests began in 2002, when two bishops ordained seven women on a boat in international waters on the Danube River. Today the group has its own bishops to perform ordinations. With more than 225 priests and candidates ministering to more than 75 worship communities throughout the world, RCWP is creating change on its own terms. As Suzanne Thiel, ordained priest and board officer for RCWP-USA, told me, “We are not going away and we are growing.” 
Training for the priesthood through the RCWP program is as rigorous as it is for men. Candidates must earn a master of theology, a master of divinity, or an equivalent degree. Since womenpriests are generally volunteers, most have other jobs.
Yet even after completing their official training, the path for womenpriests remains bumpy. Their ordination violates Canon Law 1024, which states rather simply that “a baptized male alone receives sacred ordination validly." Still, only a relative few have been formally excommunicated (a reversible process, by the way, intended to facilitate repentance). Some Catholic sisters are ordained using an alias. At least one woman lost her job at a Catholic parish simply for expressing an interest in RCWP’s program, but a more common scenario is being quietly shunned by members of the establishment.
Womenpriests might perform many allowable duties under one male priest at a parish, only to be told a few years later by a less progressive priest that their services are no longer needed. Or, a womanpriest ministering to her own faith community might be told by a male priest in the same town that he can’t collaborate or even interact with her. 
“So why don’t they just become Protestants?” my husband asked, somewhat indelicately. The women I spoke with, and others who have publicly answered this question, all say more or less the same thing: Catholicism is my tradition. “It’s who I am,” offered Jennifer O’Malley, a priest and president of the RCWP-USA board. “I’ve looked into the possibility of becoming something else, but the rituals and Catholic social teachings are really inspiring to me.” 
Despite their commitment to their faith tradition, many RCWP priests are skeptical about a sea change at the Holy See. As O’Malley said: “It’s not just about ordaining women. It’s about ordaining women in a renewed Catholic Church. It’s about including people who are currently excluded—the divorced, the remarried, the members of the LGBTQ community.”
Thiel echoed her sentiments: “It’s a much bigger picture than just the ordination of women. It’s about the oppression of women, a renewal of the whole church, and a return to gospel issues.” 
Like others, these women are doubtful that we’ll even see ordained female deacons any time soon. Helen Weber McReynolds, a relatively new RCWP candidate, said the pope’s statement “is a glimmer of hope, but I’m not getting my own hopes up about anything concrete happening any time in the near future.” 
There’s the Pope Francis buzz, and then there’s the reality. The pope’s commission will study female deacons. And the number of ordained female priests will continue to grow. "

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community, Feast of the Holy Trinity, May 21, 2016, Cheryl Brandi, Katy Zatsick ARCWP, Mindy Simmons-Music

Statue representing Holy Trinity in Marsa, Malta



Co-Presiders Katy Zatsick ARCWP and Cheryl Brandi

Gathering Song: #519 Holy Wisdom, Lamp of Learning -all verses.
Co-Presiders: In the name of God Creator of all, Jesus-our Brother and our Way, and the Holy Spirit Sophia, Love in action. Amen. 
Opening Prayer
All: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, you have created all things and you continue to call us to new life. Teach us to reverence in one another the gift of life we share. Give us a hunger for your Word, and let us walk in union with your Spirit all the days of our lives. We are called to be mystics and experience the depth of God within us and throughout the universe. Glory to you, Source of all Being, Eternal Word, and Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.
Litany of Peace and Healing
Our sung response is “Let us be your peace”
1.      God of all creation…let us be your peace
God of every Nation…let us be your peace
2) God beyond our knowing, let us…
God who walks among us, let us
3)God of great compassion, let us…
God of tender mercy, let us…
4)As we work for justice, let us…
With our hands and voices, let us…
5) With hope and healing, let us …
With light and loving, let us …
6)Here and all times, let us…
Now and forever, let us (adapted from Dan Schutte)

First Reading: Proverbs 8:22-31 ...the Word of God All: thanks be to God.
Responsorial Psalm 8 All: How great is your name, O Holy One, through all the earth.”
Second Reading: A reading from Julian of Norwich (Showings, p 183)
I saw that (God) is everything which is good, as I understand. And in this (God) showed me something small, no bigger than a hazel nut, lying in the palm of my hand, as it seemed to me, and it was as round as a ball. I looked at it with the eye of my understanding and thought; What can this be? I was amazed that it could last, for I thought that because of its littleness it would suddenly have fallen into nothing. And I was answered in my understanding: it lasts and always will, because God loves it; and thus everything has being through the love of God The inspired word of Julian. All Thanks be to God.
Alleluia (sung)
Cheryl Brandi, Co-Presider

Gospel: A reading from the Gospel of John 16:12-15
(music during reflection)
Shared Homily 
What were you earliest images/ideas of the Trinity?
When/how have your images of the Trinity changed?
Has your image/idea of the Trinity changed since you attend MMOJ?
What has changed in your relationship to God until today. How is this new understanding reflected in your image/your symbol of God.
We Believe
All: We believe that God’s kindom is here and now, stretched out all around us for those with eyes to see it, hearts to receive it, and hands to make it happen. 
We believe in one God who is Love and the Energy of Evolution, a divine mystery beyond all definition and rational understanding, the heart of all that has ever existed, that exists now, or that ever will exist. 
We believe in Jesus, God’s Word made flesh, bringer of God’s healing, heart of God’s compassion, bright star in the firmament of God’s prophets, mystics, and saints. 
We believe that we are called to follow Jesus as the Way of God’s love, a source of God’s wisdom and truth, and an instrument of God’s peace and justice in the world. 
We believe God's Spirit Sophia will grant us the courage, fidelity and wisdom to bring God's kindom into reality in our time and place. Amen.
Prayers of the Community 
Co-Presider: We your community gathered in faith believe in the power of prayer. We know we are all connected in the Oneness which is God. We are always mindful of God’s unconditional love and care for all of us. And so, we bring our needs to our compassionate and gracious God.  
Response: All: God of Love, hear our prayers.
Co-Presider: Healing God, you faithfully listen to our prayers. We ask you to strengthen us in our caring for one another and in our works for justice, equality, and peace in a world without violence. As always, we make this prayer in the name of Jesus the Christ our Brother Amen. 
Preparation of the Gifts 
Song for our offering: #361 Seed Scattered and Sown, verses 1 & 3
Co-Presider: Blessed are you, God of all creation. We gather into one loaf of Community for worship through your Love for us. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer. This loaf is a symbol, like the hazel nut of Julian, it is our trust in the Mystery which creates, sustains and receives us. It will become for us the bread of life.
All: Blessed be God forever
Co-Presider: Blessed are you, God of Love for all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, this fruit of the vine that human hands have made. Through this wine offering we always give thanks for being your Beloved sons and daughters and experiencing life to the fullest. It will become for us our spiritual drink. All: Blessed be God forever.  
All: O Holy One, You dwell in each of us and all of us. You accept our gifts and worship as we gather in our faith community. We do this in memory of and in union with our brother, Jesus. Amen.
Eucharistic Prayer 
Co-Presider: The Holy One, Shekinah, Source of all life, is with you. All: And also with you. 
Co-Presider: We lift up our hearts. All: We lift them up to the Holy One, the Love of our Hearts. 
Co-Presider: We give thanks and praise to our compassionate God. All: It is right to give the Holy One thanks and praise. 
Voice 1: O Divine Flame of Love, your glowing embers dance in our hearts. Your passionate presence kindles our souls. You purify us with the searing truth that ignites our spirits. As the glowing embers of a fire penetrate the cold around us, so your tenderness sets our hearts aglow. We celebrate your nearness this day as we remember your Pentecost miracles. 
Voice 2: The wind of your Holy Mystery has blown across our world in the gentle breezes and thunder storms of your vision in your prophets and visionaries among us. We praise and exalt you forever with grateful hearts as we sing: 
Holy Holy Holy – Karen Drucker
We are Holy, Holy, Holy…You are Holy, Holy, Holy,…I am Holy...We are Holy (3 times)
Voice 3: O Subtle One, you kindle your fire of enthusiasm within us. You speak to us with assurance and excitement and reveal to us the infinite, boundless, depths of your love for us through the attraction of the Energy of Evolution every drawing us deeper into the Mystery you are.
Voice 4: Beloved, awaken us to your promises to be always present in our lives, no matter what the obstacles or setbacks we experience. You consume us with such a hunger and thirst for justice that our words and actions inflame others to become signs of your justice. You give us eyes to see human need, hearts to care for our sisters and brothers and hands and feet to lighten others burdens.
 Invocation of the Holy Spirit (extend you hand in blessing)
Co-Presider: You bless us O Holy One Sofia and you enliven all that exists. You transform these gifts of bread and wine, and our lives, by boundless grace that nourish and sustains us on our journey. 
All: On the night before he faced his own death, Jesus sat at the Seder supper with us his companions. He reminded us of what he taught and bent down and washed our feet. Jesus returned to his place at the table, lifted the Passover bread and spoke the blessing, and then broke the break with these words: Take and Eat, this is my very self. 
Co-Presider: Jesus then raised high the cup of blessing, spoke the grace, and offered us the wine with these words: 
All: Take and drink of the covenant made new again through my life for you and for everyone. Whenever you do this, you remember me. 
Presider: Let us proclaim the Mystery of Wonder in our midst: 
All: Christ of the Cosmos you are the spark of love in whom we believe; the Wisdom of Sophia in whom we trust; and the desire for justice that attracts and motivates us.
Voice 5: As we celebrate the memory of Jesus, we remember our political and religious leaders, especially Pope Francis, and our Bishop Bridget Mary and all ARCWP bishops. We remember the communion of saints and all who have inspired and loved us both living and dead. (pause to mention names).  
Voice 6: May our hearts be merry as we dream Sofia inspired new dreams and see new visions. May we recognize Christ present in every person everywhere. May we, like Jesus become Spirit Fire, as we fan the flames of your evolutionary Love throughout the entire cosmos, 
(Co-Presiders hold up bread and wine.} 
All: For it is through living as Jesus lived, that we awaken to your Spirit within, moving us to glorify and praise you, O Holy One, today and always.
Great Amen (sung)
 Prayer of Jesus
Co-Presider: Let us join hands, and sing together the prayer that Jesus taught us as we live in the Mystery of Love who is God. 
Sign of Peace  
Prayer for the Breaking of the Bread 
Co-Presider: Please join in praying the prayer for the breaking of the bread: 
All: God of gods, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice. We will live justly.   
God of Healing, You call us to be Your presence in the world. We will love tenderly. 
God of Wisdom, You call us to speak truth to power. We will walk with integrity.
Co-Presider: Our Eucharistic celebration is all-inclusive. Each of us is a spark of the Divine and nothing can separate us from God’s love. All are welcome to receive at this friendship table.  
(Presiders hold up bread and wine) 
Co-Presider: Let us pray our communion prayer together. 
All: What we have heard with our ears, we will live with our lives; as we share communion, we will become communion, both Love’s nourishment and Love’s challenge.
Communion Song: after all have received.
You are the face of God, I hold you in my heart, Your are a part of me, you are the face of God.
You are the face of God, I hold you in my heart, you are my family, You are the face of God.
Thanksgiving and Announcements 
Closing Prayer:
Co-presider: We ask safe travel for all of our MMOJ members on your journeys over the summer. . We ask that your summer will be a time of relaxation, renewing yourselves and ties to family and friends. We ask that wherever you travel you know God is with you and before you. We wait expectantly to see each other again on your safe return to MMOJ.
Final Blessing  with hands raised
All: O Compassionate One, we rejoice that you are our Father, and we rejoice that you are our Mother. Give us the faith and courage to believe deeply in the absolute truth of your tender mercy for us, for all humanity and the earth itself. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Savior and Brother Amen.

Recessional song: #635 God, whose glory reigns eternal Verses 1 and 2.  

Adapted from: Bridget Mary Meehan, Mary Theresa Streck and Jay Murnane