What we do

We offer an array of educational, spiritual, and pastoral programming. You are invited to attend an upcoming program, a listing of which you can find here. If you would like to schedule a program at your parish, school, or institution, please contact us here.

Programs

Bondings

New Ways Ministry provides daily news and commentary on Catholic LGBT issues through our blog, Bondings. The blog has been cited by media outlets including Religion News Service, the National Catholic Reporter, The Advocate, and Religion Dispatches, and by other LGBT organizations, including the leading Christian LGBT website, Believe Out Loud.

Catholic Parents Network

Since the 1990s, the Catholic Parents Network program has sponsored retreats for parents with LGBT children. Gradually, the retreats have welcomed LGBT Catholics and pastoral ministers, as well as parents. These retreats have been held in Catholic retreat facilities throughout the East and Midwest.

CMI Program

New Ways Ministry sponsors retreats and conference for gay priests, religious brothers, deacons, and their congregational leaders and formation/vocation ministers. Retreats have been held in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

Connecting Catholic Parishes Program

New Ways Ministry sponsors meetings with priests and pastoral ministers who serve in LGBT friendly parishes in the same region. New Ways Ministry has connected parishes in the Boston area, Chicago area, Denver area, Tennessee, and Florida.

Equally Blessed Program

New Ways Ministry is a partner organization of Equally Blessed, a coalition project with Dignity, Fortunate Families, and Call to Action. Monthly conference calls and yearly in-person meetings are held to work on common projects and public statements, which have appeared in social and print media.

History Program

Since 1978, New Ways Ministry has chronicled the history of LGBT ministry in the Catholic Church. This is done, in part, through a paper newsletter called Bondings, which is published seasonally. We have continued this project of archiving news and opinion on Catholic LGBT issues through our blog, Bondings 2.0.

HIV-AIDS Support Program

New Ways Ministry has provided spiritual support for persons with HIV/AIDS and their caregivers by sponsoring retreats.

International Program

The International Program promotes LGBT education beyond the United States. In 2015, New Ways Ministry participated in a gathering of reform organizations in Limerick, gave public interviews supporting marriage equality in Ireland before their referendum, delivered presentations during the Prague Pride celebrations in the Czech Republic, helped to organize and participate in the founding meeting of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics in Rome, and reported on LGBT topics from the Bishops’ Synod on the Family in Rome. Previously, New Ways Ministry hosted delegations of LGBT leaders from Belarus, Poland, and Venezuela, met Salvadoran leaders and spoke at the first national conference on LGBT human rights in El Salvador, spoke at the Fifth Convention of La Asociación Internacional de Familias por la Diversidad Sexual (International Association of Sexually Diverse Families) in Lima, Peru.

Marriage Equality Education Program

The Marriage Equality Education Program educates Catholics and opinion leaders that Catholic theologians and laity strongly support civil marriage rights for committed same-sex couples. New Ways Ministry produced a booklet entitled Marriage Equality: A Positive Catholic Approach. Education has been conducted around the U.S., particularly in Washington, Maine, Delaware, and Maryland.

Networking Program

New Ways Ministry networks with other Catholic and LGBT organizations. These include the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Call to Action, the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, Call To Action, DignityUSA, Fortunate Families, Pax Christi, PFLAG, Catholic Volunteer Network, the Ignatian Family of Jesuit Colleges, Equality Forum, and members of the Catholic Organizations for Renewal.

Next Steps-Training Program

The Next Steps-Training Program guides those interested in LGBT ministry to develop models in their communities. Trainings have been held in several cities around the U.S., as well as in London, England.

Pilgrimage Program

The Pilgrimage Program provides spiritually-oriented travel for LGBT Catholics, their parents, friends, and other interested persons. Since 1996, New Ways Ministry has sponsored pilgrimages to the Holy Land (1996), Rome, Assisi & Florence (1997), Greece & Turkey (1998), France (1999), Spain & Fatima (2000), Jordan & Egypt (2001), Eastern Europe (2003), Bavaria & Austria (2005), Southern Spain, (2006) Southern Italy (2008), El Salvador (2009), Northern Italy (2011), the Holy Land (2014), Rome, Assisi & Florence (2015), Ireland (2016).

Publications Project

The staff of New Ways Ministry publishes articles in the mainstream media and produces and distributes its own publications. These include Always Our Children, Homosexuality: A Positive Catholic Perspective, In Good Conscience, Out of Silence God Has Called Me, and Marriage Equality: A Positive Catholic Approach.

Symposium Program

Every five years, New Ways Ministry sponsors a symposium especially designed to educate Church leaders and ministers, and LGBT people and their supports on the latest theological developments and pastoral practices in LGBT ministry.

Transgender Education Project

New Ways Ministry sponsors workshops and educational sessions about transgender issues. Programs have been held in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, DC, and Illinois. In 2014, New Ways Ministry testified in support of a Maryland state bill banning discrimination based on gender identity.

Womanjourney Weavings Program

The Womanjourney Weavings Program is a program of support and education for lesbian sisters, congregational leaders, and formation/vocation ministers. Through conferences, a newsletter, and a listserv, the Womanjourney project networks lesbian sisters and their congregational leaders. Between 2005 and 2008, yearly conferences were held at the Dominican Retreat Center in Racine. Between 2010 and 2015, conferences were held at Catholic retreat facilities in the West and East. In 2016, the conference returned to the Midwest.