New Ways Ministry has launched a website with information and registration materials for its Eighth National Symposium, “Justice and Mercy Shall Kiss: LGBT Catholics in the Age of Pope Francis,” scheduled for April 28-30, 2017, Chicago.
By going to www.Symposium2017.org, you will find all the information you will need about speakers, program, schedule, travel and hotel discounts–and even a form to register online!
Sign-up by December 31, 2016 to receive a substantial discount on the registration fee!
The Eighth National Symposium is looking to be the best one ever! With Pope Francis in the Vatican, we are living in a new moment in our Church. We’ve seen the opening of a dialogue on LGBT issues, but we’ve also seen that repressive practices and policies continue, too. How to make sense of this new situation?
The program is designed for church leaders and ministers, parents, LGBT people, members of religious communities, and all who are interested in building a more welcoming and inclusive Catholic Church.
Our plenary speakers will cover some of the most pressing topics of our day:
- Lisa Fullam, Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, will discuss “Sexual Ethics and Same-Sex Marriage”
- Leslie Griffin, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Law School, will examine “Religious Liberty, Employment, and LGBT Issues”
- Rev. Bryan Massingale, Fordham University, will speak about “Pope Francis, Social Ethics, and LGBT People”
- Frank Mugisha, Sexual Minorities Uganda, will report on “The Catholic Church, Criminalization Laws and the LGBT Experience in Uganda”
In addition, the weekend includes some exciting prayer experiences:
- Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv, of Lexington, Kentucky, will offer Scriptural reflections at prayer services
- Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit will lead an afternoon prayer session
- Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, of NETWORK and “Nuns on the Bus” will present an optional pre-symposium retreat day
In addition to these main events, the symposium includes break-out sessions on the following topics:
- transgender and intersex family issues
- youth and LGBT topics
- gay priests
- lesbian nuns
- LGBT ministry in the Hispanic community
- parish outreach
- LGBT church worker justice
And, of course, there will be opportunities to network with hundreds of Catholics from many different parts of the U.S. and the globe about the challenges and joys of advocating for LGBT people.
Our website, www.Symposium2017.org, has all the information you need to plan your participation at the symposium. If you have any additional questions, please contact our office at info@NewWaysMinistry.org or (301)277-5674.
Register today to reserve a space and to get a great discount!
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry, December 6, 2016