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Issue: #16 May 2015

Dialogue. Honest interaction. New thinking. These are challenges and opportunities for us and our Church. The news is positive, though, and good things are happening to help us succeed in Jesus' name. Read about it in this issue and think about how you can be part of the change you're longing to see. Invite others to do the same. Forward the Newsletter to friends and family along with an invitation to register in the CCCR Network. We urge all Catholics to think, pray, speak and take action! Thank you, from CCCR and the Council of the Baptized. 
Archbishop Invites Dialogue after Cancelling Meeting of LGBT Youth  

A LGBTQ Catholic Youth Coalition's conference, scheduled for Saturday, May 16, was banned from meeting at Christ the King parish by Archbishop John Nienstedt. The event was moved to Edina Community Lutheran Church and went on as planned. Read the story, as reported by the National Catholic Reporter. Concerned individuals contacted the Archbishop about his decision and he responded.
Note the Archbishop's last paragraph and continue the dialogue:

Archbishop John Nienstedt 

226 Summit Avenue

St. Paul MN 55102

Phone: (651) 291-4400

No News Yet on the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council

We reported that the Archdiocese is planning an Archdiocesan Pastoral Council (APC) and that the topic was on the Presbyteral Council agenda in April. No news yet. We think it is time for the Archdiocese to host a general meeting, for anyone interested, to learn the plans, ask questions and give suggestions.  Are you interested? To let us know by emailing  The APC can be the beginning of the two-way communication and honest interaction so necessary to a thriving Church community. Refresh your knowledge of the topic with a look at the position paper.  

Rethinking Sexual Morality

null Mary Ellen Jordan (photo left) and Mary Beth Stein (right) are in the news. They were interviewed on The Mary Hanson Show (Twin Cities Public Television). Broadcast was postponed due to legislative coverage, but you can watch it here now. If the link won't work for you, cut and paste into your browser. 


Further, MinnPost ran "Twin Cities Respond to Pope Francis' Invitation and Speak Out on Sexual Issues," under Mary Ellen's byline!


"Toward a Healthy Christian Theology of Sexuality" is the position paper at the center of the discussion. If you want more discussion, and we hope you do, contact Mary Beth at 612-805-7091 and she'll help you host a Listening Session.
Note These Dates!

June 1, 2015

Registration price for the Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IEC) National Gathering jumps to $200. Register now for $175. 

June 25, 2015

"Concert to End Homelessness - A Benefit for St. Stephen's Human Services" kicks off IEC National Gathering at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Rd., Eagan. Fr. Mike Joncas, David Haasl and Marty Haugen will perform. Tickets are $35 and $70. Click for more info and tickets. 

June 26, 2015  

The Gathering will be preceded by a pre-conference called "Catholic Social Teaching: We Speak and Act for Dignity and Justice."

June 26-28, 2015

IEC National Gathering. Learn more about what IEC is. 

End of September, 2015 Pope Francis visits the U.S. Want a Minnesota event to welcome him? Contact us at to see how you can help. Plans are in the works with other faith organizations.

Think, pray, speak and take action.