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K Kriesel
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Feminine Genius
Whenever I've hear the term "feminine genius" in a Catholic setting, I've always felt like I'd heard it before but couldn't remember where. Finally, after hanging out with a bunch of Catholic menopausal women, it clicked. My all-women's college library had ...
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Pew-fillers and the aftermath of Charlottesville
Since my return to the Catholic Church, I've noticed a large gap between the actively involved parishioners and those who sit in the pew until receiving Communion and then leaving until next Sunday. Let me be clear. I am aware that many people can't be as i...
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Presenting "faith journey" aka existential crisis
Every Sunday from now until January, I'm meeting with a group of Catholic women for personal formation, community discipleship, and event planning.  We will facilitate a women's spiritual retreat after our last meeting.  The dozen of us went through the sam...
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Liberation Theology vs Prosperity Theology
Before I delve into the boundaries between the two, I will first briefly define them: Liberation theology centralizes around oppressed people freeing themselves.  Scripture passages that highlight liberation of the poor and marginalized bolster this movemen...
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Millennials leaving religion
I was just listening to the " Keep the Church Weird " lecture by Rachel Held Evans and it was like lightening struck. Rachel Held Evans says what I've been saying for years: evangelizing to millennials does not work because we have learned to avoid anything...
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Journaling
A good friend is trying to expand her journaling but doesn’t know where to start.   People keep telling her “do whatever you want” but that isn’t concrete enough.  I’ve been journaling since ‘99 so I put together a little presentation of all the stuff I’ve ...
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Gendered Marketing in Religion
The rise in both gendered marketing and the outcry against it has largely been secular.  Soap, deodorant, shampoo, yogurt, shaving razors, pens, earplugs - these are just a handful of items that have been needlessly gendered solely to bump up sales.  Men's ...
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Catholic community: sexuality vs wealth
Over the past 10 weeks I have been involved in a Catholic parish through attending Mass, talking with parishioners after service, participating in a Pastoral Plan Listening Session, meeting with two spiritual directors, and joining a theology discussion gro...
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God vs. Humankind
I've written before about the abusive parish in which I was raised.  In the years after I left that parish, I was very angry at God.  How could God allow such horrible cruelties, especially upon children?  How could these Christians preach about compassion ...
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Pastoral Plan Listening Session
The parish I've been visiting the past four weeks had a Pastoral Plan Listening Session a few days ago.  This was a meeting in which lay parishioners could give their feedback to a pastoral council about things they like about the parish and things they wan...
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