Liz Sully - Ecumenical Ash Wednesday in Atlanta - Methodist Episcopal, Auburn Avenue Churches Collective, Butler Street CME, Ebenezer Baptist, Liberty Baptist, First Congregational, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic. As Liz says, "Catholics no longer have a corner on the smudge."
Caroline Sullivan - The Bridge Between Retreat Center in Denmark, WI is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. Director, Caroline Sullivan participated in a session of Women Peace Talks, 2-16-2012, at the Mauthe Center at Univeristy of Wisconsin, Green Bay. Other participants included Mary Klos - Quaker (Religious Society of Friends), Kathleen Kelly-Hoffman- Zen Priest, Reverend Mary Boyle- West Side Moravian Church, Rabbi Shaina Bacharach - Congregation Cnesses Israel and VP of Wisconsin Council of Rabbis. During the meetings, women of varying faith traditions discuss common bases for efforts on behalf of peace.
Ginger Phillips - Taize was initiated at Ascension Parish 20 years ago. The prayer is held the first Friday of each month at 7:30p.m and attended by Christians of varying faith traditions. David Anderson, Liturgist at Ascension, plans the prayer. On March 2, two Taize monks were present as were students from Edgewood High School in Madison. The readings are done in two languages, either English and Spanish, or English and Polish. There are usually five or more instrumentalists providing music, Peggy Schott was a violinist for many years.
Pat Mulcahey - At the annual Shapiro Lecture at Catholic Theological Union ,Jewish Scholar, Professor Peter Ochs of the University of West Virginia presented an update on developments in dialogue among Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith members. He reviewed the history of "A Common Word Among Us" and "Scriptural Reasoning", a model for inter-religious study of the three Abrahamic Scriptures. He also spoke about the Catholic tradition of "lectio divina" as a significant contribution to successful common study. See: http://www.acommonword.com and
Helen Marie Raycraft participates monthly in an ecumenical brown bag luncheon of Spiritual Directors. Helen Marie finds the support group enriching and stretching.
Shared News Item America Magazine 2/20/12 Thomas Massaro, S.J. Professor of Social Ethics at Boston College reports that sociologists consistenlty find that Catholics are among the least likely believers to participate in projects of civic engagement. (p. 21) Maybe connecting with members of other religions will move us to greater participation in actions on behalf of social Justice. Pat Mulcahey