My, how times flies! We started this blog at the end of November, 2011, and we’ve been posting continually every day since then. Now, at the end of May, 2014, we have reached our two-and-a-half year milepost, and, as has been our tradition every six months, we come to you, our readers, and ask for your financial support for this project. Would you be able to help our community grow?
This blog was envisioned as a major extension of New Ways Ministry’s mission to educate people about the ups and downs of the relationship between the Catholic Church and the LGBT community. We wanted it to be a part of our organization’s mission to help advocate for equality for LGBT people in church and society. We hoped that through these blog posts, we would encourage and empower people to build bridges of justice and reconciliation in their home communities, whether these bridges be great or small.
But the blog has turned out to be so much more. It is a community of faith-filled people who read and reflect on the news and who enter into discussion with one another on issues that matter to them. We have been edified by the many thought-filled “Comments” to our posts, in which people share not only their ideas, but their faith journeys and experiences. Your personal contributions enrich this site.
We ask you to consider contributing financially to support this blog. Any amount, large or small, would be greatly appreciated and would help us keep this project and community thriving. If you contribute $50, you are giving less than $1 a week for a whole year’s worth of news, information, opinion, and reflection.
To send an online donation, click here, fill out the form, and write “Blog” in the “Comments” box of the form. You can also send a check made out to “New Ways Ministry” to our office at 4012 – 29th Street, Mount Rainier, Maryland 20712. If you want to contribute by credit card over the phone, please call our office, 301-277-5674, during Eastern Time business hours, and we will take down your information.
Like public radio or television, you are welcome to enjoy the material here at no cost. But like these forms of media, we rely so much upon the generosity of our constituents. Like radio or television fund drives, we only come to you twice a year asking for contributions: at the end of November on our annual anniversary, and six months later, at the beginning of summer for the half-year mark.
If you find this resource helpful to your life of faith, hope, and advocacy on behalf of love, please consider making a donation.
Regardless of your ability to donate, we hope that you will continue to read this blog and to share it with your friends. In whatever way you are able to help this community grow, we are deeply grateful for your support, and we will keep you all in our prayers of gratitude.
–Francis DeBernardo, Sister Jeannine Gramick, Matthew Myers, Bob Shine, New Ways Ministry