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Archive for December, 2017

NRLR Response to the “Created Male and Female” letter.

We approve of this response by the National Religious Leadership Roundtable to “Created Male and Female,” a letter from conservative religious leaders denying the reality of transgender lives.

And Yet…a testament to transgender persistence

New Ways Ministry Responds to Interfaith Statement Denying Transgender Experience

Many of you may be hurting from the terribly misinformed and reckless ‘letter’ signed by four of our Catholic Bishops. Please read this much more Christian response from NWM.

The following is a statement from Francis DeBernardo, Executive Director, New Ways Ministry: A negative statement on gender identity from 20 U.S. religious leaders shows the continued ignorance of gender awareness that exists among people who shape church teaching and policy. Four Catholic bishops who head committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops…

via New Ways Ministry Responds to Interfaith Statement Denying Transgender Experience — New Ways Ministry



2018 DATES: March 15, 2018 (Youth Day) & March 16-18, 2018
Theme: “Rise Up!
Held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California

Transgender in Our Schools: One Bread, One Body
Friday March 16th 1-2:30pm

Gender identity and transgender issues have become hot topics in politics and media, evoking challenging conversations for the Church and Catholic schools. How does the Gospel teach us to serve young Catholics on their journeys? How are we called to be loving in the midst of challenging theological questions? In this session, Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice, with Fr. Bryan Massingale and panelists, will share experiences and offer theological reflections to inform a pastoral approach for students who question their gender identity.

Arthur Fitzmaurice, PhD Freelance speaker and minister Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice has served a decade in ministry with LGBT Catholics. In addition to professional conferences, his appearances have included many regional and national conferences. Dr. Fitzmaurice also appears on several YouTube episodes produced by the Ignatian News Network. He is recipient of the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Lumen Christi and the Cardinal’s Young Adult in Ministry awards.

Rev. Bryan Massingale, STD Fr. Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Milwaukee Archdiocese, is Professor of Theology at Fordham University in New York. He has lectured extensively on ethical and racial justice issues throughout the United States and internationally. A previous Religious Education Congress Keynoter, Fr. Massingale is a former President of the Catholic Theological Society of America and has been a leader of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.

TransCatholic members will be included in the panel for the 3rd year in a row.

Let us know if you are going to be there.


RECongress is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center and is sponsored by the Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. Begun in 1968 as an “institute” for religious education (CCD) teachers, RECongress has grown to include people of all vocations and different faiths.

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