Monday, February 10, 2020

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests at Gladdening Light Symposium Share Good News About Women Priests and Inclusive Catholic Communities

Kathryn Shea ARCWP, Kathie Ryan ARCWP, Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, Joan Chesterfield ARCWP, Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP with Gladdening Light Organizer Randy Robertson

Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP and Kathie Ryan ARCWP with Mirabai Starr

Elena Garcia ARCWP, Rabbi Shapiro, and Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP and Rabbi Shapiro

Last Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 6-9 ,  members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, Florida  and Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany, New York attended Gladdening Light Symposium in Winter Park, Florida. Present were Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP, Upper Room, Joan Chesterfield ARCWP, Upper Room, Kathryn Shea ARCWP and MMOJ, Elena Garcia ARCWP and MMOJ, Kathie Ryan ARCWP, Upper Room, Patricia MacMillan MMOJ, Ann Cooke MMOJ, Jack McKillop MMOJ and Mary Montavon, MMOJ  
Elena Garcia is a presider at MMOJ in Sarasota and in a House Church Community in Valrico, Florida that meets monthly for liturgy. Mary Theresa Streck, and Kathie Ryan are liturgical presiders at Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany, New York. See,,

We had wonderful opportunities to share with conference presenters and participants throughout the weekend. Elena  Garcia ARCWP shared  at a comment session that there are women priests in the Roman Catholic Church and inclusive Catholic communities. The entire audience responded by applauding the good news of our prophetic witness!

We loved the entire symposium. The theme was wild surrender, inter-spirituality in a time of trial.  

Mirabai  Starr prayed this Invocation in our closing Liturgy:

"The fire of the Holy Spirit 
comes pouring into the open chamber of your mother heart,
in your midst all are welcome.
Through your voice, everything is understood.
Blessed Mother,
May all faiths find sanctuary in you. 
May all paths flow like mountain streams
into the river-valley of your love
and praise the Holy One
with a thousand voices. 

If you would like to get a flavor of Rabbi Shapiro lectures, you can listen to this "Holy Rascal" in the following Youtube lecture. 

In this Gladdening Light lecture, he introduced a beautiful prayer. 

"May you be free from fear.
May you be free from compulsion.
May you be blessed with love.
May you be blessed with peace."

The Symposium  lectures will be posted on the Gladdening Light website:

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