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Amplifying Black Voices: Diana Hayes

Posted by Suzanne Bernet on

Diana Hayes is Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University. She has taught and spoken for decades from her perspective as a Black Catholic woman. She recently wrote a review of a book whose main thrust is a call for courage in the pursuit of racial justice. She...

How Many Hours Does It Take?

Posted by Suzanne Bernet on

Many changes happened in our Parish Food Shelf Garden this year – mostly due to COVID-19, of course. One very good change was our move to an online volunteer sign-up procedure. We have always kept track of volunteer hours, just in a more informal way. Now we have stats online and...

Amplifying Black Voices: Fr. Josh Johnson

Posted by Suzanne Bernet on

Fr. Josh Johnson is a Louisiana priest who has been on the forefront of work for racial justice. In a recent article, he shared some tips for how churches can be a part of that work. Our parish racial justice team talked a few weeks back about what we see (and do not see) as we enter the doors...

Amplifying Black Voices: Sr. Thea Bowman

Posted by Suzanne Bernet on

Sr. Thea Bowman was an amazing woman. Prophet. Faithful presence. Loving soul. Her words at an assembly of the United States Catholic Bishops are worth your time to hear: What does it mean to be Black and Catholic? It means that I come to my church fully functioning. That doesn’t frighten...

Amplifying Black Voices: Dr. Dorothy Height

Posted by Suzanne Bernet on

In 1963, Dr. Dorothy Height took a seat on the dais at the March on Washington. Although she was one of the organizational leadership of the March, she was not invited to speak. (Racism was not the only “ism” being talked about that day.) Height spent nearly 40 years as the president...

Amplifying Black Voices: Rev. Terrance M. McKinley

Posted by Suzanne Bernet on

Rev. Terrance M. McKinley is an elder at Reid Temple AME (African Episcopal Methodist) Church in Washington, D.C. and writes and speaks frequently about racial, economic and environmental justice. Rev. McKinley’s call is frequently focused on a reminder for each of us to think deeply about...

Pastoral Pearls

Posted by MaryPat Potts on

Pastoral Pearls:  Each of us is called by our baptism to be the love of God to those around us – anyone we encounter. And since those around us will at times have a need for more tender care, I thought I would pass on some brief, concise pearls or tools to help us be that love of...

Amplifying Black Voices: Chadwick Boseman

Posted by Suzanne Bernet on

You may have heard about the untimely death last week of actor Chadwick Boseman. If you’re a movie buff, you likely know of his most successful film, Black Panther. I’d heard of it when it came out but superhero stuff not usually being what I watch, never got around to seeing it. (I...

Voting & Values

Posted by Suzanne Bernet on

Voting and Values via Zoom Wednesday, September 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Pre-registration needed at https://risensavior.org/event/voting-and-values/ Join Catholics from a number of local parishes for presentation and conversation about how our faith can inform our...

Amplifying Black Voices: Shawn Copeland Part 2

Posted by Suzanne Bernet on

Last week in this space I mentioned the Black Catholic theologian M. Shawn Copeland and her insightful writing on the historical reality of Black Catholics in America. She reminds us that it was not uncommon for clergy, vowed religious and laity alike to practice slaveholding and that there were...

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