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Synod - Priesthood - Open Forum
July 2019


Lay Network Update - July 2019

We had the most beautiful day on the 4th of July to celebrate our nation's birthday. As we think of the words from the Preamble to the Constitution, "to form a more perfect union," we are reminded that there is much work to be done in our culture, in our politics and in our church. CCCR/CoB is taking a much-deserved break this month from meetings to enjoy the warmth and sunshine that is gracing us in Minnesota, but we will be back in August to continue the work of reform and unity.


As we read the words of AB Hebda in the Catholic Spirit, we are encouraged by the work that is being done for the Synod. We offer our prayers for AB Hebda and his staff and for a brave and strong laity. The listening sessions are a great opportunity for all the baptized "People of God" to give voice to the hurts caused by the church and suggestions for actions to facilitate reform and renewal. If the unaddressed pain of the faithful is not fully acknowledged, we will hold a community service to name the pain and provide a Liturgy of Lament. Both traditionalists and progressives have their stories and must respectfully be heard. We will try to do our part by attending the sessions and informing and preparing others at our Open Forums in 2020 for their participation.


We have had several requests to give some space to an article from the Atlantic. James Carroll gives a salient overview of the making of the priesthood and the pitfalls that we now see as clericalism. We agree that clericalism is a problem and needs to be addressed at the listening sessions for the Synod but we do not want to pull up the ladder that gave us so many gifts on our climb to evolve the church. Our view is to include and transcend. Our traditional "holy" deacons, priests and bishops along with "holy" women deaconesses, priestesses and bishops will be the future as well as other faith communities who come together as church.

Thomas Reese Rebuttal of "Abolishing Priesthood" -
Tom Reese on Abolishing the Priesthood

Kerry Webber on:
"The Priesthood has meaning but not just for male priests"

The Priesthood has meaning
Open Forum: "Spirituality in our Wisdom Years" by Kathy Berken
Tuesday August 13, 2019, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling Avenue in St. Paul 7PM.

What do our Wisdom Years have to teach us? Are we growing wiser or just older? What's so spiritual about aging when everything seems to be falling apart? What do some of our mentors tell us about the autumn and winter of our lives?

Kathy Berken has a MAT and Spiritual Direction certificate from St. Catherine's University. She spent many years with the L'Arche community and is now in a pilot program with Fr. Ron Rolheiser on Spirituality and Aging.

We Confirm

We are the People of God, anointed by the Lord Himself (Lumen Gentium). Our baptism gives us the power and responsibility to live out the roles of priest, prophet, king and queen. Amen.

Still living in joyful hope,
CCCR Board and Council of the Baptized