The leadership of any faith body impacts the way all religions do or do not interact respectfully and productively for the common good of the world.
My journey going from nun to none has been one of finding my true spirituality weaving my beliefs with those that I grew up with. Let us all learn with and from each other as we celebrate the journey together as the "one" that we are.
The Faith He envisioned was not the hierarchical structure of a Church that has so often in the past made wrong decisions and said it was doing so in His name.
She is a child who has not only been raised in the traditions and tenets of the Catholic church, but raised to think and to question, raised to believe that all people are created equal, including gays and women. When I see her hold that cross proudly and walk down the aisle, it gives me hope.
This year on Purim, let us celebrate the courage to defy authority, to affirm and defend whoever are the "strangers" in our midst and whoever has been excluded from dignity and empowerment.
If the Church and the world are fortunate, perhaps the winter of papal resignation will be followed by a spring of reform.
It will really take a miracle, the suffusion of the College by the Holy Spirit, the Interbreathing Spirit of all life, to change the Church by election of a pope more in the tradition of Jesus and John XXIII.
We are connected. We need each other everywhere to work towards and sustain cultures of nonviolence.
The lyricist and composer of the song "You're Not Alone" both felt a tremendous sense of responsibility to create a song that would resonate with LGBT youth and provide them with assurance and hope amidst hostile environments.
None of them thought what they were doing was extraordinary because such giving is an ordinary part of their lives. That's how it is with religious sisters: God's goodness courses through them.
At present there is a standoff between the Vatican and the organization that represents 80 percent of American nuns. The hierarchy likely will break the stalemate right after the noisy election season. But what seems like a straight, rigid line looks more convoluted on further examination.
Reports on Catholicism are especially vulnerable to false balance, and often it is achieved through manipulation of the name "Catholic" and religious symbols such as veils and Roman collars.
I'd sure hate to be the anti-LGBT, anti-woman tantrum-prone cardinal following the sage, rabbinic and serenely exuberant Sister Simone Campbell at the Democratic National Convention. But Timothy Dolan did just that.
It was an exciting time. It was also a dangerous time, a time of great personal tension and deep spiritual struggle.
The name Nienstedt, which translated is something like "no town," could perhaps be more liberally rendered as "nowhere." Thus, I'd like to suggest that the title "Nowhere Man" is as fitting as "Crusader" for the Archbishop and could perhaps be added to his titles.