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TEST on  MONDAY, DEC 17 thTH    


Also due on Monday, Dec 17th    OWNING OUR FAITH reflection


https://www.google.com/search?q=owning+our+faith&rlz=1C1GCEU_enUS820US820&oq=owning+our+faith&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l4.3555j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8


Please reflect and respond to the following quotes from Owning Our Faith:                                                    Must be typed, 12 font, double- spaced    DUE  MONDAY, DEC 17th


From Fr. Patrick Conroy, SJ, Chaplain, US House of Representatives, former chaplain at Georgetown University:

“Human sexuality isn’t just about procreation. It’s about so much more. “ 

“How might we be more welcoming and minister better to the presence of gay and lesbian Catholics in such a way that they feel they have a church where they can be nourished, where they can be fed.”

“What is God doing with this community who longs to fully participate in the sacramental life of the church?”


From LGBT parishioners of St. Paul the Apostle Church, NYC

 “Both straight and gay people struggle with their sexuality because sexuality is how we express our inner soul, our inner energy, and to separate sexuality from its expression is not healthy.”                                                    - 

 “The church should be encouraging LGBT people to be who they are. We are all God’s creation.” 

“My gender transition was immensely spiritual to me. It’s not just a physical journey, but an emotional and spiritual journey, too.”

“Having LGBT people in the church is a gift because it keeps it alive, it keeps it moving forward.”

“LGBT people are a gift to the church because they help us to see the great diversity in God’s Creation.”

“I want to tell my grandmother that I’m gay.  I really do. It would open our family to so many conversations that we don’t normally have, but what I need from her is unconditional love. Why would I jeapordize that?”

 “The church is every baptized individual, and that includes us ! “

“We need to be able to see God in every person.”

“I went to Confession and the priest that I talked to was incredibly compassionate. He admitted he had never met someone who was transgendered, but said,  “I see you.”  He called me a brother in Christ. That was huge. It was the first time someone acknowledged me for my gender. To have that come from the Catholic Church was lifesaving. “

“We are in the pews. We are striving to love God and live within our church.” 

“If we abandon the church, it’s never going to change.”

“The riches that come with being fully whole and fully ‘out’  and being true about your identity, will help the church recognize and love you for who you are.”


How do you think Jesus, who reached out to EVERYONE, especially those on the margins of the mainstream, would respond to a member of the LGBT community? 

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VIDEOS FOR GENDER AND SEXUALITY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPIiph0gg1w    GENDER IDENTITY  & SEXUAL ORIENTATION 

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6AqrKMZj4s   PBS      TRANSGENDER  9 MIN STORY                   

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBFUS1s0td0   Gay genes?    

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-BUWLQtifE    Twins 


FOR OUR DISCUSSION ON GENDER IDENTITY AND SEXUALITY, THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN HAS PROVIDED A 

GLOSSARY OF TERMS:

https://www.hrc.org/resources/glossary-of-terms?utm_source=GS&utm_medium=AD&utm_campaign=BPI-HRC-Grant&utm_content=276004739490&utm_term=gender%20terms%20list&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_6_PyKKG3wIVxR6GCh1i_AQCEAAYASAAEgLEOPD_BwE

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