Call to Action: There are four blocks of workshops, many of which focus on topics such as sexual ethics, rethinking complementarity, and the transgender experience.
Choice for president will send a message about whether the episcopate "is sticking to its old playbook or is deciding for dramatic change," says one observer.
Faith and Justice: The November meeting of the USCCB is an opportunity for the bishops to get with the Francis program instead of rubber stamping their same old, tired agenda.
As a young reporter at the Chicago archdiocesan newspaper in the 1990s, I covered a lot of women's conferences. These parochial, diocesan, regional and national gatherings were where I was first exposed to feminist theology, discovered that nuns were some of the coolest women in the church, and heard from speakers calling for expanded roles for women in the church -- including ordination.
At a small four-year college in rural Wyoming, entering freshman earn their first three credits deep in the woods, miles away from any classroom, textbook or computer. Their introduction to college is through a 21-day backpacking expedition in the wilderness.
A turning point. American women are ending pregnancies with medication almost as often as with surgery, marking a turning point for abortion in the U.S.
LOADED: MONEY AND THE SPIRITUALITY OF ENOUGH
By Heather King
Published by Franciscan Media, 144 pages, $14.99
National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates lists 10 rules for good writing. The first is "Write your heart out." The tenth is "Write your heart out." She could have been thinking about Heather King.
Musician Bobby Vee: passes away at 73; "He had a very strong faith. I learned from him how to be accepting of everyone and to always have something good to say about someone," said family friend and Benedictine Fr. Eugene McGlothlin.
"Food is a pro-life issue because food is about keeping people alive," says Ohio-based Sr. Christine Pratt, longtime leader in the Catholic Rural Life movement.
At the Intersection: Our country is united in one way, fear. We are all afraid of different things, and our democratically elected government is unable to rank our fears.