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Helping Haitians find water and self-sufficiency

Global Sisters Report: "What is going to last is the confidence we’ve had in the people to affect their own destinies."

Controversy energizes FutureChurch's annual Magdala celebration

"St. Mary of Magdala would have been proud. And I think Jesus is proud," said Sr. Christine Schenk, executive director of FutureChurch, before the organization's 16th annual St. Mary of Magdala celebration Thursday in Cleveland. "The women's movement in the church is alive."

FutureChurch celebrates Feast of St. Mary of Magdala

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- "If we are to build the kingdom of God, we dare not ignore the words of Paul: 'There is no male and female among you.'"

Thereby Ann Klonowski, presider at FutureChurch's 15th annual celebration of the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala, opened the event, which took place Wednesday, July 20, in the aptly chosen town of Independence. This year's program, "Unheard Homilies: Ending the Silencing of Catholic Women," featured three homilists, all female.

Scholars aim to foster ecclesial unity

DAYTON, OHIO -- A group of scholars representing diverse ecclesial, ethnic and methodological backgrounds gathered at the University of Dayton, Ohio, May 18-22 for the Fifth Annual Ecclesiological Investigations Research Network conference titled “Ecclesiology and Exclusion.” They arrived from many countries, including Belgium, Kenya, England, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, and throughout the United States, to discuss what the church can and ought to do to foster unity among Christians and to be more inclusive while staying true to tradition.