“If “thank you” is the only prayer you say, that will be enough.”
Happy Thanksgiving to all Bondings 2.0 readers! We hope that you have much to be thankful for this year.
New Ways Ministry’s staff members have each offered their top three gratitude items below. What are you thankful for this year, especially items that may pertain to Catholic LGBT issues? We invite you to share your items in the “Comments” section of this post.
Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director:
- The many people who support New Ways Ministry by donations, prayers, support, information, hospitality and encouragement.
- Catholic LGBT people and their families who continue to help to build a church of justice and equality, even when the odds seem impossible.
- The open discussion on LGBT issues that was started at the synod in October. How wonderful to know that we have so many supportive Catholic leaders around the globe!
Sister Jeannine Gramick, Co-Founder:
- Three positive paragraphs about LGBT people were announced after the first week of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family in Rome, but they did not receive the necessary 2/3 majority vote. I am grateful that Pope Francis added the three paragraphs to the official version to be discussed before the Bishops take up the issue again in October 2015.
- Kathleen Purcell was let go from her teaching job in an Oakland, California, Catholic high school for crossing out sections of the new teachers’ contract, which demanded that employees’ personal and professional lives conform to Catholic teaching. I am thankful for the courage and witness of Kathleen Purcell and others like her who put their beliefs about justice into action.
- So many LGBT people, their families and friends, congregations of women religious, and other justice-seeking people have supported the work of New Ways Ministry during the past year with their prayers, their time, and their financial support. I am so very grateful for all of them.
Matt Myers, Associate Director:
- Pope Francis and his deep concern for the poor and marginalized.
- LGBT employees of Catholic institutions.
- The innumerable Catholics who are working, in big and small ways, to create a welcoming and inclusive Church for LGBT people.
Bob Shine, Social Media Coordinator:
- For real conversations among Catholics and open disagreements between bishops during the global church’s ongoing discernment about marriage and family life, especially those courageous voices calling for change.
- For a growing awareness of and commitment to trans justice among Catholics, especially students who are reforming more of Catholic educational institutions and the Filipino church’s response to Jennifer Laude’s murder.
- For the emerging generation of ministers I’m blessed to study alongside for whom LGBT justice is a given pursuit and constitutive aspect of being a disciple of Jesus.