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New Photo Collage Honors Sister Jeannine Gramick’s 50 Years of LGBTQ Ministry

December 4, 2021

In 1971, Sister Jeannine Gramick, New Ways Ministry’s co-founder, began ministry with LGBTQ people. She was prompted by a young gay man’s question: “What is your church doing for people like me?”

Catholic Leaders Seek Right to Discriminate in Federally-Funded Childcare Programs

December 3, 2021

Catholic leaders, including the U.S. bishops, have joined an interfaith letter that seeks provisions in Build Back Better Act’s childcare and pre-kindergarten programs allowing discrimination, including against LGBTQ people.  

Yes, Transphobia is a Sin: A Response to Clifford Longley

December 2, 2021

Clifford Longley argues for the inherent dignity of trans people, yet he does not unequivocally condemn transphobia as a sin. As LGBTQ people and allies, what do we do with Longley’s position?

Journeys: A Scriptural Reflection Series for LGBTQ People and Allies

JOURNEYS is an invitation to walk with our ancestors, discover the great source of love, and celebrate our identities as children of God and LGBT persons and allies of faith. Each prayer guide in the series contains a section of Scripture, followed by questions for reflection. These questions can be used for personal meditation, journaling, or group conversations.

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Love Casts Out Fear: Finding Courage to Speak Our Truth

A Retreat for Gay Priests, Brothers, and Deacons

Why am I afraid to tell you who I am? Gay men are disproportionately present in the Catholic clergy. The overwhelming majority serve the Church with care and compassion. However, some Catholics blame the sexual abuse of minors on the presence of gay men in ministry. In this atmosphere of blame and shame, gay priests are afraid to speak the truth of who they are. They are afraid of rejection and retaliation. But if the Church is really faithful to Christ, we would be a community of love, not fear.

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Our Sacred Stories Continue

A Dialogue among Lesbian/Queer Religious and Congregations of Women Religious

Love Tenderly: Sacred Stories of Lesbian and Queer Religious is an anthology written by twenty-three vowed women religious who embrace their sexual identity as lesbian or queer. Queer? What is this new terminology emerging from gender studies? Several authors of the book will discuss their sexual/gender identification and the impact of this anthology for themselves and their communities. Participants will explore the meaning of queer, transgender, intersex, other gender identifications, and the facets of a person’s psychosexual-spiritual journey.

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Next Steps: Developing Catholic LGBTQ Ministry

A Multi-Part Online Series (now underway)

This series is designed to help parishioners, pastoral leaders, and church staff members figure out what form LGBTQ ministry should take in their community. The material will help parish community and staff members discern individually and together what the next steps should be to create a more welcoming pastoral environment for LGBTQ people—even if the next steps are your first steps.

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