Saturday, February 16, 2013
Workshop Offering for HOAMC and Friends
Saturday, March 2, 2013
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 – 12:00 noon Program: Blessings of Being Gay
Open to HOAMC members, significant others, and Board Members
Newman University, Rehearsal Hall
The morning of socializing and reflecting will be based on the following writing of John Lazar:
Homosexuality is one of God’s most significant gifts to humanity. To be gay or lesbian is to have received a special blessing from God. All humans receive their own special graces from their creator, but God has chosen some to be gay and lesbian as a way of revealing something about God-self that heterosexuals do not.
This presentation is sponsored by Catholic religious community of men and women who believe that many churches are losing sight of the Gospel message of Jesus to love another, beginning with love of self. The Mission Statement for LGBT Ministry states:
Motivated by the Gospel’s call to justice and rooted in a spirituality of reconciliation, we follow Jesus’ example of inclusion by ensuring that all people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender have a place at the table.
This is accomplished by:
1. Providing educational and spiritual opportunities that will result in dialogue and an increased understanding of the gift of human sexuality.
2. Creating safe spaces that invite and encourage dialogue fostering
relationships between people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and society and church institutions in order to decrease fear and increase compassionate understanding.
Fr. David Matz, C.PP.S. Sr.
Diana Rawlings, ASC
Missionaries of the Precious Blood Adorers of the Blood of Christ
LGBT Ministry LGBT Ministry
It is our stories, our sacred, chaotic, blessed stories, our lonely, peaceful, frightened stories, our
awe-drenched, doubting, joyous stories…and the holy listener who helps point the way to knowing God’s desire for us. ( Jennifer Hoffmann)