St. John UCC Schedules Holy Week Activities
[March 08, 2008] St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln has announced three events for Holy Week, beginning on Palm Sunday, March 16, and ending Easter Sunday.
On Palm Sunday the children of the church will open the 10:30 a.m. worship service by processing into the sanctuary, waving palm branches in celebration of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Palm crosses will be distributed at the close of the service.
On Maundy Thursday the church will be open from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for worshippers to come at their convenience for a private candlelight service of the Lord's Supper. Communion elements and a printed worship guide will be available.
An Easter breakfast will be served on March 23. Sunday school begins at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. the Rev. Rich Reinwald will lead the celebration of the resurrection with Holy Communion.
[Text from file received from Lynn Spellman]
Women Writers Sought
[February 16, 2008] DAYTON, Ohio -- The Dayton, Ohio, affiliate of the Catholic Church reform group Voice of the Faithful announced Friday that it is looking for a few good women -- 52 of them to be exact -- to be part of a grass-roots initiative when Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the United States on April 15.
The idea of identifying 52 top Catholic women writers was proposed Feb. 8 by Kristine Ward, chairwoman of the Dayton affiliate and candidate for Voice of the Faithful president, during the first-ever Internet-based forum of the candidates. This forum, or debate, is part of VOTF's biennial process of electing its national officers.
Ms. Ward told the viewing Internet audience and those listening on the simultaneous telephone feed that Pope Benedict was personally involved in revamping the Vatican's official weekly newspaper and especially wanted more women's bylines in the publication.
L'Osservatore Romano is the Italian language daily that is the official voice of Vatican. A weekly edition in English, Spanish, German and French is the target for the Ward-inspired Dayton VOTF affiliate's initiative.
"We should have a list of the top 52 Catholic women writers -- one for each week -- and present it to the pope when he arrives in the United States," she said during the Internet forum.
"We will meet the pope on common ground and keep our vision of including the voice of the laity in the guidance of the church ever before us -- and before the pope."
She said that after the Internet forum, she and members of the Dayton affiliate began receiving encouragement to pursue the proposed initiative.
When they deliberated about how to do it, the affiliate decided to test the waters and ask for recommendations for the list.
"The Dayton affiliate of Voice of the Faithful wishes to make it clear that recommendations to fill out the 'List of 52' are welcomed from all parts of the church," Ward said. "We know there are excellent women writers in the church with viewpoints and perspectives that the whole church should hear. We want to encourage conversation throughout the entire church."
Recommendations for the "List of 52" may be made by submitting a post on the Dayton affiliate site at www.daytonvotf.org with the name, e-mail address and phone number (if known) of the woman or women you are recommending. (Note: The posting link is under construction. Please submit the names of women authors, writers, prophets, journalists to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Following a compilation of the names, the Dayton affiliate will present a list directly to Pope Benedict.
"When the pope gets here, we want him to know that we are vibrant and engaged lay people, willing and eager to have intelligent, adult discourse on the issues the church and the world face," Ward said.
"We commend the pope for reaching out to women. The 'List of 52' will identify writers that will transform the weekly Vatican newspaper so that it becomes less insular and more open to the concerns of women worldwide."
[Text from file received from the Dayton, Ohio, affiliate of Voice of the Faithful]
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