What I’ve Been Up To and What’s Coming Next
Hello friends! I know it has been a while since I posted here (maybe that gave you a chance to catch up on any past posts that you missed?). Things have been really busy with my local work in Milwaukee - events, small discussion groups, and lots and lots of meetings with people who care about this issue and want to share their perspective and get involved. It’s exciting to know that this ministry is meeting a real need, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to connect with so many good people. But wow - it has been busy!
That said, I do want to keep posting on this blog, because I love writing and I have a huge list of ideas for future topics. Posts might come a little less frequently now, as I focus on in-person connections and local work (plus making sure that I’m not ignoring my family!). However, I’m posting on the Facebook page regularly, with news articles, reflections, quotes, and other updates, so make sure you’re following along there if you want to stay in the loop.
Milwaukee Folks, a Few Notes for You:
I don’t want to focus too much on local issues in this blog, because so many readers are from other parts of the country. In the next few months, I’ll start communicating with Milwaukee-specific content through a separate website and email list. So, if you’re in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and you’re not yet subscribed for email notifications from the blog (or you didn’t include your location when you first signed up), make sure you fill out a subscription form here, so that I know to keep you in the loop.
If you’ve been quietly reading along with this blog, but you haven’t engaged beyond the computer screen, now is a great time to reach out and get connected in a more personal way! I would love to hear from you and maybe even meet up for coffee (I spend a lot of time at Colectivo these days!) to get to know you and hear your perspective. I learn something from every person I talk with, and I would love to learn from you as well!
Join A Discussion Group
The first two In Spirit and Truth discussion groups were really wonderful, and now I’m putting together the third group, which will begin meeting in early June. This an opportunity for people of faith to come together for open, honest conversation, in the context of prayer and community, about how we have been impacted by the clergy abuse and cover up crisis. These friendly gatherings include prayer, Scripture, reflection, and lots of time to get to know each other and share our own thoughts and feelings about the crisis in our Church. We meet three times over the course of the month, so it’s not a huge commitment, but enough time to form a real community and journey together.
If you’re wrestling with your relationship with the Church right now, or you need help seeing this crisis through the eyes of faith, or you just want to talk with and learn from other Catholics who care deeply about these issues, this is a great opportunity to connect. Please get in touch now if you might be interested in joining the June group (location and dates to be determined by those who are interested), or if you want to be added to the list for July.
If you’re not in Milwaukee, please don’t feel neglected! :) I’m working on another new blog post, about how Pope Francis’s new abuse laws will affect the Church in the United States. Watch for that soon!
My heart is steadfast, God, my heart is steadfast.
I will sing and chant praise.
- Psalm 57
Lord, in all the storms of life, make us steadfast in love for you.