Thursday, February 3, 2011
1 hour, 20 minutes - 108 MB - Sylvia Poggioli

February 3, 2011, Drinko Hall-Cleveland State University

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.

Thursday, September 30, 2010
1 hour, 6 minutes - 61 MB - Sr. Theresa Kane

Sr. Therese Kane gives a dynamic and scholarly presentation encouraging followers of Jesus today to belong to small communities and structure their leadership to encourage the virtues of friendship, spirituality, peacefulness, generosity, and gender equality in the manner of the early Christians who followed Jesus.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009
1 hour, 6 minutes - 45 MB - Dr. Sheila McGinn, PhD

While listening to Dr. McGinn's podcast, you may find it helpful to refer to Romans 16: 1-16.

On July 22, 2009, New Testament expert Dr. Sheila McGinn regaled a receptive crowd of about seventy with her humorous accounts of early women leaders such as Lydia, Phoebe and Prisca. Far from being meek helpmates, Dr. McGinn explained that these women were actually wise patrons and evangelists without whom Paul's mission would have been impossible. They led prayer, managed table fellowship, decided the missionary agenda of a group, and worked with Paul to proclaim the Gospel. Their witness confirms the ministry of women leaders in the early Church and today.

Dr. Sheila E. McGinn, is a professor of biblical studies & early Christianity at John Carroll University. Sheila received her doctorate from Northwestern University. She teaches courses on a wide variety of New Testament topics, and her recent publication include studies of several of Paul's letters, the women in Matthew's passion resurrection story, The Acts of Thecla, and the Montanist Oracles.

Thursday, January 22, 2009
63 minutes - 11 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

Sr. Chris Schenk of FutureChurch reports on the October 6-26 World Synod of Bishops on "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church," For two years, Schenk spearheaded a CTA supported national Women and the Word campaign asking the synod to "put women back in the biblical picture" by inviting women biblical experts, devoting pastoral attention to Jesus' and St. Paul's inclusive practice, expanding preaching opportunities for women and restoring women leaders to lectionary texts from which their witness was diminished and deleted. Schenk reviews remarkable campaign successes including the fact that the Vatican invited the greatest number of women ever to participate as auditors and biblical experts. Also, for the first time in history, the synod "recognized and encouraged the ministry of women of the Word," and discussed the need to restore women's stories to the Lectionary.

Thursday, September 18, 2008
1 hour (in two files) - 90 MB - Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend was the featured speaker at FutureChurch's 18th annual fund raising banquet held in Cleveland on September 18th. 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.

Thursday, June 5, 2008
74 minutes (in two files) - 52.8 MB - Bishop Geoffrey Robinson

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.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008
1 hour, 5 minutes - 26.3 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

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.

Schenk is the director of FutureChurch which spearheads an annual effort to restore awareness of St. Mary of Magdala as the first witness to the Resurrection. She recently catalyzed the creation of the Save Our Parish Community Project designed to give parishioners and pastors the tools they need to discern and resist unjust closing or merging. She has given hundreds of media interviews and presentations about the worldwide priest shortage, women in Scripture, Eucharist, Jesus and Women, Mary of Magdala and women officeholders in the early church.

Saturday, November 3, 2007
1 hour, 14 minutes - 71.9 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

Christine Schenk csj is joined by panelists Fr. Gerry Bechard of Detroit’s Elephants in the Living RoomStan 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.

Saturday, November 3, 2007
52 minutes - 54 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

Christine Schenk csj discusses the upcoming October 2008 World Synod of Bishops on the theme “the Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.” But what about women’s relationship to the Scriptural Word? In February the Pope gave biblical basis for women preachers and leaders in an address to 20,000 people. Yet female biblical leadership and experience are invisible in lectionary proclamation and preaching. Schenk also discusses how Jesus and Paul included women leaders who were later deleted from lectionary texts and suggests practical strategies for advancing biblical inclusiveness in your parish and diocese.

Chris is the director of FutureChurch She holds masters degrees in Theology and Midwifery and has given hundreds of media interviews and presentations about the worldwide priest shortage, women in Scripture, Eucharist, Jesus and Women, Mary of Magdala and women officeholders in the early church.

This presentation was given on November 3, 2007 at the national Call To Action conference.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
56 minutes - 54.1 MB - Elizabeth Johnson, PhD

“Because church reform is exhausting work . . . (and) needs to be centered in strong and deep relationship with God.” Elizabeth Johnson focuses on three theological frontiers we now face in our relationship with God: the feminist, the interreligious, and the ecological.

Dr. Johnson, Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University and past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, titled her talk, “Questing for the Living God,” similar to the full title of her latest book, hot off the press, Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God (New York: Continuum, 2007)

This presentation was given at the 17th annual FutureChurch benefit on October 18, 2007, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Thursday, May 17, 2007
1 hour, 53 minutes - 45.3 MB - Sister Kate Kuenstler PHJC, JCD

Canon Law is so much more than a list of "do nots," it is a positive affirmation of our rights. Especially timely for those seeking to preserve vibrant parishes. Sister Kate Kuenstler PHJC, JCD speaks from a background as a former diocesan tribunal lawyer, teacher, parish catechetical director, and diocesan director of religious education. She is now an advocate for the laity, lecturing in
various states on the topic of the laity and their role in Catholic Church.

This lecture was recorded on May 17, 2007 at a FutureChurch program in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007
1 hour, 25 minutes - 33.9 MB - Fr. William A. Clark, S.J., S.T.D.

Fr Clark discusses a theology of parish that empowers the laity to renew the whole Church through the renewal of the local community. His insights are especially valuable as dioceses nationwide are considering parish reconfigurations because of the priest shortage. William A. Clark, S.J., S.T.D., is the author of A Voice of Their Own: The Authority of the Local Parish (Liturgical Press). He is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA where he teaches courses in Catholicism, Christian prayer, and the Church. In addition to his academic work on the role of local church communities, Father Bill has extensive experience in parish pastoral work, retreat direction, and music ministry.

This lecture was given on February 27, 2007. John Carroll co-sponsors included the Institute of Catholic Studies, the Cardinal Suenens Center in Theology and Church Life, Campus Ministry, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Department of Communication and Theater Arts.

Saturday, November 4, 2006
1 hour, 3 minutes - 25.2 MB - Sr. Chris Schenk

Should vibrant, solvent parishes with effective apostolic outreach be closed or merged solely because no priest is available to live on the premises? Do parish communities have theological integrity, inherent authority and rights and responsibilities to be exercised in communion with the universal church? What can pastors, parish council leaders, lay ministers, and ordinary parishioners do to claim and vindicate these rights?

he project includes discernment guidelines and canonical, spiritual and organizational resources to resist unjust closings or mergers if the situation warrants. Peter Borre, spokesperson for Boston's Council of Parishes shares the lived experience of 15 vibrant but threatened parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston.

This presentation was given on November 4, 2006 at the national Call To Action conference.


Thursday, March 25, 1999
1 hour, 41 minutes - 94 MB - Sr. Maureen Fiedler SL and Fr. Joseph Fessio SJ

The 1999 debate at Georgetown University between Sr. Maureen Fiedler SL and Fr. Joseph Fessio SJ on the topic Can a Woman Receive the Sacrament of Orders?

This debate was moderated by Fr. J. Augustine DiNoia, At the time, Fr. DiNoia, was serving as theological staff to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine. This quote from the Fr. DiNoia adds context to the discussion:

Also I should mention that there have been some questions, of course, about an odd idea that one is not allowed to speak about this subject. There is no such ruling. One cannot come to an understanding and deepening of the reflection of the nature of the gift of (that) holy orders is to the Church without speaking about it. So we must not think that we’re transgressing here any rulings of any kind. This is exactly the kind of debate and reflection that our Holy Father and indeed the entire theological tradition has always expected and indeed urged.

Fr. DiNoia was subsequently appointed to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith where he served for a number of years with then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI. In 2009 Fr. DiNoia was named an Archbishop and now serves at the Congregation for Divine Worship.

This is a suggested resource for A Three Part Program Discussing Catholic Teaching and The Non-Ordination of Women found in A Million Voices