Dr. Phyllis Zagano presents the case for ordaining women to the permanent diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church, offering insight into the history and current state of women’s ministry in the Catholic Church.
Dr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, Presents Connecting with our Sisters: The Life and Times of Phoebe, Priscilla and Perpetua. She addresses how these women in the churches of the first generations lived and expressed their faith, how they envisioned a future church, and how we today can follow their example in humility and hope. Sr. Carolyn is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association and co-author of many books including A Woman’s Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity.
On February 23, 2011, FutureChurch held a free phone conference entitled, Biblical Women Missing from the Lectionary – Why It Matters with a presentation by Regina Boisclair, Ph.D.
Regina Boisclair, PhD. is the Cardinal Newman Chair of Catholic Theology at Alaska Pacific University and author of Amnesia in the Catholic Sunday Lectionary: Women- Silenced from the Memories of Salvation History published in Women and Theology, the annual publication of the College Theology Society, 1994
The teleconference included a presentation by Dr. Boisclair as well as time to learn about the FutureChurch resources that are available to assist in putting more women back in the biblical picture, especially during Holy Week and the Easter season.
NPR’s Sylvia Poggioli presented her analysis of world events for almost 20 years including her take on happenings in and around the Vatican and the creation of the European Union.
Sylvia Poggioli is the senior European correspondent for National Public Radio’s foreign desk and reports from Rome, Italy; the Balkans; other parts of Europe; and the Middle East. She often covers events at the Vatican and covered FutureChurch’s 2006 and 2007 pilgrimages to Rome archaeological sites of early women leaders. Poggioli can be heard on NPR’s award winning newsmagazines Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was the featured speaker at FutureChurch’s 18th annual fund raising banquet held in Cleveland on September 18, 2008. Kathleen is the oldest daughter of Robert Kennedy and served two terms as lieutenant governor of Maryland. Her warm and relational style was well received as she shared some of the main themes of her recent book, Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches are Mixing God and Politics and Losing Their Way.
Going back to the Bible and, above all, to the teaching of Jesus, Bishop Geoffrey Robinson presents an approach to sexual morality that is profound, compassionate, and people-centered. He stresses the priority of the hierarchy of holiness over the hierarchy of power and offers nothing less than a vision for a church of the third millennium.
Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who has degrees in philosophy, theology, and church law, was Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney from 1984 until his retirement in 2004. In 1994 he was elected by the Australian Bishops to the National Committee for Professional Standards, coordinating the response of the Catholic Church in Australia to revelations of sexual abuse, and from 1997 until 2003 he was cochairman of this committee.
This presentation was given on June 5, 2008, in Cleveland, Ohio and was sponsored by FutureChurch.
Wondering what progressive Catholics believe are the best ways to promote women’s full ministerial equality in the Catholic Church? Sr. Chris Schenk discusses the findings of FutureChurch’s Advancing Women in Church Leadership Survey of over 40,000 reform-minded Catholics. Learn about current trends and concrete strategies that are transforming institutional Catholicism from within and without.
Christine Schenk csj is joined by panelists Fr. Gerry Bechard of Detroit’s Elephants in the Living Room; Stan Doherty of CTA New England and VOTF in the Boston archdiocese; and Dan Theil, president of Toledo’s United Parishes. Listen to learn about strategies to preserve viable parishes in your diocese and resist unjust closures. Hear the stories of the panelists who are working in the trenches to keep parishes open. Learn more about FutureChurch’s “Save Our Parish Community” project that is stirring a national discussion of best practices for keeping viable parishes open rather than closing them because of real estate values or simply because no priest is available.
This presentation was given on November 3, 2007 at the national Call To Action conference.