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Issue: #14 March 2015

Love and Sex is the focus for 2015 and there's action all around the campaign. Check out the large and small ways you can become involved. You'll find them in this issue. We urge you to claim your voice and raise it for healthy sexuality. Further, we continue to ask you to bring others into the Lay Network and into this vital conversation.

Before our next Newsletter goes out, we will experience the mystery and power of Holy Week and Easter. May the Lord bless you as you journey through this holiest of seasons. 




The Surveys  and Beyond 

We hope you completed the Synod survey prompted by Pope Francis' desire for lay people around the world to share their experiences on the Church's teachings and practices regarding sexuality, marriage, and family. Thanks to those of you who also completed the Catholic Church Reform International (CCRI) survey for the Synod on the Family in Rome in Oct. 2015. CCRI was collecting responses until March 9, and assured survey takers that these responses would get to the bishops of the Synod as well.


Each of our experiences matters and telling our stories will help the total picture emerge. CCCR/Council of the Baptized is asking what we can do in our own local church to promote healthy psycho-social development in families. First, how big is the problem? Write your story and post it  on the CCCR website. Want more action? We hope so! Here are some other things you can do to claim your voice on this critical set of issues. Need more info? Check out our website.  
IEC Gathering - 2015 Highlight:
"Why Stay Affiliated with a Global Church?

The Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IEC) National Gathering will occur June 26-28, 2015 in St. Paul, MN. CCCR/Council of the Baptized will host one of the 24+ breakout sessions scheduled during this three-day event. The breakout session, "Why Stay Affiliated with a Global Church?," will feature Jim Moudry talking about the relationship between spirituality, religion and an institutional sacramental church. He'll be joined by Mary Beth Stein and Roy Bourgeois for a discussion with session participants about the vision of church and strategies for reform. Visit the IEC website for details on schedule, speakers, sessions, etc.
Registration is open. The early-bird registration deadline is April 15! 
Listening Sessions about Love and Sex

We're putting together listening sessions about healthy sexuality.  Please invite your friends and host one. We will provide the facilitator and the materials. The facilitator will use this set of Listening Session Reflection Questions to stimulate discussion. If you are willing to host, contact Mary Beth Stein for more information. 
Creating a Picture of a Real Minnesota Family

On April 25, Call to Action-Minnesota will offer a program called, "A Family Mosaic: Creating a picture of a Real Minnesota Family." There will be a panel discussion and some action items geared toward identifying and communicating the pastoral needs of all types of Minnesota families. To register, contact Art Stoeberl.

Date: Saturday, Apr 25

Time: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Place:St.Francis Cabrini, Mpls 
Think, pray, speak and take action.