Upcoming Liturgies & Presentations
Sunday, February 19, 2017
3:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 5, 2017
3:30 p.m.
St. Mark Lutheran Church 

Presider at both : Mike Corso


Meditation for All People of Faith or No Faith 
Experience an introduction to the practice of mindfulness in the tradition of Zen Buddhism as a vehicle for the interface of understanding the tradition between Buddhist and Christian people. Click here for more information.
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Refugee Assistance Morris Partners
The next meeting of RAMP will be on Monday, March 13th, at   7 P.M.  at St. Peter's Episcopal Church,121 South Street, Morristown, N.J.  All are welcome!
Members of VOTFNJ joined RAMP at the office of Congressman Rodney Frelinghuesen in Morristown to protest the Executive Order which bans Muslim refugees. Learn more.
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Ever wondered what you can do to help refugees?
If you would like to join this multi-faith and civic effort, go to the RAMP website. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please click here. Contact Gerry Gannon for more information and timely updates.
Refugee advocates outline arguments for legal action on presidential ban.

Responding to Trump's ban, top Catholic bishops pledge solidarity with Muslim refugees

Supporting Survivors  

Vatican Launches Child Protection Website
The Pontifical Commission to Protect Minors is now online.

SNAP departures 
It is a moment of tumult and transition for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP. Learn more. Read SNAP's rebuttal here. And about the founder's departure here.

Child abuse: 7% of Australian Catholic priests alleged to be involved
An inquiry examining institutional sex abuse in Australia has heard 7% of the nation's Catholic priests allegedly abused children between 1950 and 2010.In one religious order, over 40% of church figures were accused of abuse. Over 4,440 people claim to have been victims between 1980 and 2015, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse was told. Read more.

Cardinal Dolan's compensation program has paid 31 victims abused by clergy  
So far, 31 people have accepted settlement offers. Officials would not discuss how much money they got, citing ongoing negotiations with other victims. Nine people have yet to decide whether to accept the money, which requires the victims to waive the right to sue over the abuse. Victims are barred from bringing lawsuits by New York's statute of limitations on claims of child sex abuse. Victims must file civil lawsuits or criminal charges before they turn 23. Gov. Cuomo has vowed to get rid of the statute of limitations. Learn more. 

SOL reform reintroduced in PA 
The measure, Senate Bill 261, would eliminate the criminal statute of limitations on child sexual abuse cases and remove the civil statute on certain cases against individual defendants, essentially giving most future survivors a lifetime to sue their abuser or seek prosecution. Learn more. 

Structural Change in the Church

Stem parish closures and mergers, pleads US priests group
An association of nearly 1,200 U.S. priests is in the final development stages of issuing an urgent "plea" to the U.S. bishops to "formulate a plan now to meet this emerging crisis" of parish closings and consolidations. Learn more.

Take Part in Global Prayer to Restore Women Deacons  

Catholics from around the world can take part in this prayer service via a Facebook live video stream presented by the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center at St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at   6:30 p.m. Pacific Time /   9:30 p.m.  Eastern Time.

Teleconference with Susan Ross, Ph.D.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 8:00pm ET 
While the use of spousal imagery to understand the relation between Christ and the Church has a long history, complementarity's framework for the relationship of the bridegroom to the bride is rooted in inequality. That has profound implications for our sacramental life. Learn more about how gendered roles play out not only in our ministerial life but in the way sacraments have been conceived and administered. Beyond spousal imagery, learn what other models may be useful for today's church. Register here.

Lenten Resources
Scripture quotes coordinate with 2017 Scripture readings, 
but they are useful at any time of any year. Suggestions for pertinent videos and hymns that enhance the experience. Practical weekly action suggestions lead to lasting commitments. Discover more.

The Prophet in You 
"The prophetic call is a call to the cutting edge," writes Joan Chittister. In this Lenten publication, Sister Joan explores the Sunday scriptures with you, asking: What does the prophetic call have to do with you? How will it affect your life? What will it mean to your own development and spiritual authenticity?

We Are Called!  
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Intentionality Prayers 
We hold Louise and Chuck Schaefer in our hearts and minds. We send them our love, prayers and all good energy to help them with their health issues. 
 ...for being part of our family!

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