FYI – Synod of the Baptized 2013 – September 28 Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Catholic Coalition for Church Reform in Minneapolis/St. Paul has captured the imagination of many CTA members.

Synod of the Baptized 2013:  Co-Creating the Living Church
Saturday, September 28
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We are a growing community of Catholics within the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis actively working to co-create a living church. The local church we envision is a community alive with the message of Jesus – a message of inclusivity, equality, and transforming love. We are energized by integrating the gospel message, Catholic practice, and the ‘new creation story’ emerging from contemporary science.


Successful Syracuse Symposium with John Sivalon 4-20-13

sivalon1Faithful Catholics Concerned of Syracuse and Call to Action members held a very successful full day Symposium led by John Sivalon, MM, titled “Surviving as a People of God.” Sixty-five attendees participated in lecture discussion focusing on the reception of Vatican II within the context of the Postmodern world and it’s gift of uncertainty. Much discussion centered on the trend since Vatican II to focus our thought on the Church in place of God; re-centering our faith on our Church instead of re-centering it on God.

Above all, the excitement of owning the reality that “We are the Church,” “A pilgrim people of God,” permeated the discussion. God is present in our time. We have no excuse for not knowing God.

John Sivalon’s new book (found on Amazon):

God’s Mission and Postmodern Culture: The Gift of Uncertainity

Postmodernity is a name that has been attached to our cultural milieu. Among its features are a sense of historical consciousness, a recognition of the social construction of knowledge, an appreciation for pluralism, and a suspicion of grand narratives. It is a cultural worldview that is naturally suspicious of Christian mission. Meanwhile, conservative Catholics are equally suspicious of postmodernism, associating it with relativism, secularism, and syncretism). Drawing on his own mission training and experience, John Sivalon believes the gospel can and must be inculturated in any culture, and he believes that postmodernism, rather than rendering Christian mission meaningless, breathes fresh insight, vision, and life into Vatican II s notion that mission is centered in the very heart of God. Above all, postmodernism offers the gift of uncertainty –the ground of questioning, Why are we doing this? What should we do? How is it best done? With actual case studies that reflect the new face of mission, Fr. Sivalon offers a hopeful vision of how the Gospel retains its challenge and relevance in an age of uncertainty and change.