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Progressive Catholicism in Action: Building Local and National Movements for Change

Webinar February 24, 2020 11 am Pacific/1 pm Central/2 pm Eastern
 

Join Catholic activists from across the country for an engaging webinar as we discuss how progressive Catholics can work for transformative social change. On this call, we’ll hear from Ruby Fuentes, John Gehring, and Quincy Howard, OP about their work for social, economic, and immigration justice. We’ll also share strategies for how you can connect with local and national movements for justice. 

This free webinar will take place on Monday, February 24 at 11 am Pacific/1 pm Central/2 pm Eastern and will last one hour. RSVP to receive log-in information for the meeting, including a phone number for those who do not have video conferencing capabilities.We hope to see you there!

Ruby Fuentes works as a community organizer in the Rio Grande Valley with LUPE, a community union founded by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta to build stronger, healthier communities where colonia residents use the power of civic engagement for social changes. A recent graduate in Psychology and Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, she has also worked as a social media content creator for the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville and an 8th grade catechist at St. John the Baptist in San Juan, TX. Raised Catholic in the Texas/Mexico border, she has witnessed socioeconomic inequality and political division in light of the reconstruction of the border wall and increased militarization, but also the unity of a community serving those in need, visible in the influx of Central Americans seeking refuge in the Humanitarian Respite Center. She is committed to being a bridge to unify her community through media documentation and public service. Ruby participated in CTA’s 2019 Re/Generation program.

John Gehring is Catholic Program Director at Faith in Public Life. He is author of The Francis Effect: A Radical Pope’s Challenge to the American Catholic Church. His analysis has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, Time, Politico, Crux, Commonweal, America and the National Catholic Reporter. His television and radio appearances include MSNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, National Public Radio and the BBC. A former associate director for media relations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Gehring has been a staff writer at The Catholic Review, The Frederick Gazette and Education Week. He has contributing essays in Pope Francis and The Future of Catholicism in the United States: The Challenge of Becoming a Church for the Poor (University of San Francisco, Lane Center) and Voting and Holiness: Catholic Perspectives on Political Participation (Paulist Press). He is a contributing editor at Commonweal magazine, and an adjunct professor of journalism at American University. Gehring is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his children Sophie and Leo.

Quincy Howard, OP is part of NETWORK‘s Government Relations team working with lawmakers and their staff to advance NETWORK’s policy platform in Congress. She plans and carries out targeted strategies for pushing NETWORK’s Mend the Gaps agenda on Capitol Hill by coordinating with our grassroots mobilization team and with coalition partner organizations in the faith community and beyond. Quincy brings her experience in urban planning to NETWORK—including community development, disaster recovery and resilience planning, environmental advocacy, and policy analysis. A professed Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, Quincy is passionate about Catholic Social Justice and the call to action to protect and serve the most vulnerable members of society.

 


Archived Call To Action Video Ministries


Progressive Catholic Coalition joins SOA Watch at the Convergence at the Border!

Our inside look at the SOA Watch’s first ever Convergence on the Border, October 7-10, 2016. Hundreds of activists gathered at the US/Mexico border to bring attention to the dire situation of immigration in the country, including the use of privately run detention centers (like Eloy Detention Center, shown in the film) and the inhumane treatment of migrants. This weekend was special for Call To Action as we joined Progressive Catholic Coalition once again, witnessing the re-birth of a movement which began 25 years ago by our friend Roy Bourgeois. “We don’t cross the border, the border crosses us!”

The second part of our inside look at the SOA Watch’s first ever Convergence on the Border, October 7-10, 2016. Hundreds of activists gathered at the US/Mexico border to bring attention to the dire situation of immigration in our country and to witness with love and solidarity.

Inspiring Young Adult Catholics and Theologians Reflect on Viewing Radical Grace in Thailand

This August, Call To Action sent two representatives to the Asian Youth Academy and Asian Theological Forum in Surat Thani, Thailand. During the 10-day long conference, titled “Peace, Sustainable Development and Ecological Justice with a Special Emphasis on Refugees and Migrants,” participants viewed the film Radical Grace, about three inspiring women religious in the US. Dr. Paul Hwang of the Woori Theology Institute in South Korea organized the conference, which brings young adult lay leaders and theologians together from all over Asia.

A Conversation with Sr. Helen Prejean

In this intimate interview on Cape Cod, Sr. Helen Prejean speaks eloquently about her spiritual journey soon to be detailed in an upcoming book, as well as the ways that violence is sacrilized in American society, and our responsibility as people of faith to never give in to despair, but to act for justice. “Action itself is liberating. We don’t have a blueprint of all the steps, but life emerges, life unfolds, it’s the way the universe works. And that’s the spirit in our hearts.” –Sr. Helen Prejean

Sr. Helen Prejean has been an anti-death penalty activist and advocate for restorative justice for many years. Her book, Dead Man Walking, which was made into an Oscar-winning movie starring Susan Sarandon, chronicles Sr. Helen’s first accompaniment of death row inmates up to their executions. Sr. Helen spoke at two events on Cape Cod this week, which were co-sponsored by Call To Action and Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Mary Ramerman’s Homily at our 40th Anniversary Mass in Rochester, NY

Mary Ramerman of the Spiritus Christi community in Rochester, NY helps Call To Action celebrate 40 years of faith and community. Enjoy her inspiring homily from July, 10, 2016 here!

Sr. Helen Prejean’s Cape Cod address

“We’ll have no talk of a “God of love” in this courtroom because we’re trying to kill this kid.” – Prosecution Attorney to Sr. Helen Prejean during the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Sr. Helen Prejean’s keynote on Cape Cod MA, in May 2016 to a Fellowship of Reconcilliation Cape Cod and Cape Cod Call To Action group is a riveting reflection of a lifetime of work advocating for an end to capitol punishment.

Molly Malone Sing-a-long

Call To Action Los Angeles’ chapter breaks out into an Irish sing-a-long, from the backyard liturgy gathering hosted by Tom and Darnell Stang on April 17, 2016.  The backyard liturgy was a small Eucharistic gathering with Roman Catholic Womanpriest Jen O’Malley.  The gathering honored Dorothy Stang, martyred Catholic sister who fought for land rights and Eco justice in Brazil.  Dorothy is Tom’s brother.

Let us Build a City of God!

Call To Action Nebraska’s 20th Anniversary Conference ended with this beautiful rendition of “City of God” sung by Patty and Mary Hawk, accompanied by Rod Dierks.  From April 4, 2016.

“I have been ordained by the Spirit of God” 

Here’s an excerpt from Sr. Miriam Therese Winter’s keynote at the Nebraska Chapter’s 20th Anniversary Conference, April 4, 2016.  Sr. Miriam recounts speaking at the National CTA Conference in 1996, 3 weeks after a radical mastectomy.

“From Certainty to Faith”

Tom Roberts of National Catholic Reporter spoke at the Nebraska Chapter’s 20th Anniversary Conference.  Here is an excerpt of his speech, from April 4, 2016.  Tom speaks on his recently published a book about Joan Chittister, subtitled “From Certainty to Faith”, as well as the future of Catholicism in the US.