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Council of the Baptized Open Forum: Women's Commission

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Please join us for the next stage of our "WomenPriest" journey to have the Roman Catholic Church recognize that women too have equal standing with men in the Church and be ordained as priests. 

Catholic Coalition for Church Reform

Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader/contributor Robert Wedl for this contribution. 

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/CCCR%20logo.jpgJanuary 6, 2017 | Happy 2017 to all.

You are invited to join us at our Open Forum:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

7:00 to 8:00 p.m. 

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church 

700 Snelling Ave So, St.  Paul, 55116.

Did you know?  Our archdiocese used to have a Commission on Women. The Commission did important work advocating for women in our archdiocese, but it was disbanded by the bishop several years ago. Does that mean women's issues have all been addressed and resolved?  

Do we need to re-establish a Commission on Women in our local Church?   What needs should it address?  

The Council of Baptized will be publishing a position paper on women's roles in our Church, and we want your input. Please plan to join in this important conversation on Jan. 10.   

Please contact us at info@cccr-cob.org for more information on a future Women's Commission.

CCCR and Council of the Baptized

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Bob Wedl | Christmas, 2016

"What a wonderful time of the  year..." the song goes and of course it is a wonderful time indeed and we appreciate those blessings.  But it is also a time to think how we can make the world better for all because we can, but only if we try.  I hope my annual Christmas poem speaks to a better tomorrow by our actions today.  We cannot predict the future ... but we can create it.

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http://voiceseducation.org/sites/default/files/images/peacegallupcolorsmall_1.jpgDecember 16, 2016 | During this holiday season and throughout the year …

Let’s learn from the November 2016 election that we thought was about issues … like our planet … and peace and justice … and eradicating poverty … like keeping Wall Street under control … and treating women with respect … and providing postsecondary education for our young people because the future success of our nation depends on it.

…and recognizing that it was our nation’s destruction of Iraq that created ISIS … and that welcoming immigrants, not building walls, is what America does

Rather than being focused on these things America decided to try a different route.

It is tempting to sit back and see how that works.  Let’s not do that.

Bob Wedll is a Contributor to Evergreene Digest.

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MN Churches Declare Themselves Sanctuaries for Illegal Immigrants

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“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate...But we’re getting them out of our country. They’re here illegally.” (Donald Trump on “60 Minutes” November 13, 2016)

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle, Alpha News

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016, leaders from 30 congregations held an event at the Church of the Redeemer to announce that 13 Minnesota churches plan to become “sanctuaries” for illegal immigrants, including those sought by police.

The announcement stems from fears over President-elect Donald Trump’s statements regarding deportation of illegal immigrants during and after the election season. Comparing themselves to the “Underground Railroad” system during the years of US slavery, the religious leaders did not detail exactly how long they would house the people, nor the plan’s logistics.  One leader, Rev. Mark Vinge of the House of Hope Lutheran Church in New Hope, told the (St. Paul, MN)  Pioneer Press:  “That’s unknown, but we know that the Lord will guide us.”

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle serves as the chair of South Washington Citizens for Progress; a committee formed to hold South Washington County School District ISD 833 accountable to taxpayers. Her knowledge and research skills have helped guide legislators and political activists across the state.

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Christianity Needs to Clean Up its Own House

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There’s no unity with over 40,000 denominations. 

Devin Foley, Intellectual Takeout

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http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/church_0.jpgOctober 24, 2016 | Comments that one reads or hears from many Christians often revolve around the term “truth”. The “truth” is generally presented as synonymous with Christianity and is used as a way to push back against modern relativism.

But what is forgotten is the inherent relativism of modern Christianity.

According to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, there are now over 40,000 Christian denominations in the world, up from a mere 500 in 1800. For those who are not Christians, a denomination is generally a body of Christians who hold to certain doctrines and are usually united through an administrative body.

Devin Foley is the co-founder and president of Intellectual Takeout. Prior to co-founding Intellectual Takeout, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota, where he was responsible for meeting a $1 million annual budget. He has been a commentator on a variety of TV and radio stations.

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