Our November Meeting: News on InterPride’s work for Human Rights and Annual
Elections to the Comunidad Steering Committee
Tuesday, November 5th, 7:00 p.m., Fr. Gerald Meisel Hall, St. Matthew Catholic Church, 672 Temple Ave., Long Beach
Every November the Comunidad steering committee elects and inducts its new members who serve for a year. The burden is not large, and the blessings are many. Contact Keith Brittin at (562) 355-9695 or Marilyn Pires at (562) 706-7195 to learn more. If serving on the steering committee is not possible, there are plenty of long-term and temporary volunteer opportunities for which your help would be most appreciated. Please call Keith or Marilyn, who will be very happy tell you all about projects in need of volunteers or about the duties associated with being on the steering group.
We’re especially delighted to announce that Frank Rubio and Rhonda Fuller of Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride will be visiting in order to share important news from this year’s 21st annual InterPride meeting that took place in October in Montreal, Canada. Frank and Rhonda will be discussing the organization’s recent human rights achievements—and its struggles. They’ll also be screening of a short film about this work.
Have you traveled to a country where GLBTQ persons face persecution and even death? What about the upcoming winter Olympics in Russia? What is the international GLBTQ community doing to offer help? What can you do about it?
One of InterPride’s core missions, beyond coordinating and strengthening the planning of pride festivals around the globe, lies in the work of strengthening the efforts of human rights campaigns around the world for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals by bringing to bear the talents of its many international member groups with local leaders who are fighting for such rights in their respective countries. We should not forget that there are still many places around the globe (Russia, Jamaica, Uganda, to name only a few) where hostility and violence are common reactions to nascent Pride movements.
Learn how InterPride’s Human Rights committee helps throughout the world and what you and others can do to help the plight of our GLBTQ brothers and sisters.
An Interview with the Holy Father
Pope Francis, in a lengthy interview conducted by Antonio Spadaro, S.J. of La Civiltà Cattolica, which took place over three meetings this past August, and which was simultaneously published by several influential Jesuit magazines around the globe so as to provide the world’s Catholics the content of the interview in each of the world’s major languages, has revealed a welcome change in tone regarding the Church’s ministry as it pertains to gays and lesbians. The interview provides much insight into our Pontiff’s personality, thinking, and theology. The editors of America, who provided the English translation, titled the interview “A Big Heart Open to God,” which seems fitting. We teased you with several, short excerpts from the interview in our October e-newsletter—but it’s worth reading in its entirety here.
News from the Archdiocese
The Los Angeles Archdiocese’s 27 year-old Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics announced in August its new name, Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons. In mid-September, just in time for the ministry’s work at all of the regional religious educational conferences that take place during this time of the year around the Archdiocese (which our own David Kennedy takes part in), the group’s leaders adopted a new mission statement:
Believing that baptism empowers all persons to live a full, Catholic life in union with all members of the Church, the Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons provides a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT persons, their friends and family, through liturgy, outreach, education, and fellowship.
Now work proceeds on a new logo that reflects this new mission statment and, more importantly, on Archbishop Gomez’s efforts at promoting that safe and welcoming environment through Catholic educators around the Archdiocese.