3 March 2014 0 Comments

Join us at the 2014 Los Angeles Archdiocese Religious Education Congress in Anaheim: Friday, March 14–Sunday, March 16


You’ll find us at Booth 464 in the exhibition hall from Friday until Sunday
We’re also hosting a wine and cheese reception on Saturday evening! Details are below

It’s that time of year again—The Los Angeles Archdiocese’s annual Religious Education Congress is taking place between Friday, March 14th and Sunday, March 16th at the Anaheim Convention Center. As always, on the Thursday prior (March 13th) “Youth Day” is held for High School students. Friday through Sunday events are open to adults and young adults alike. More than 200 speakers will be presenting over 300 workshops at this year’s Congress, and there will also be lunchtime entertainment, evening concerts, films, various liturgies, and the Exhibit Hall, which this year will be home to 489 booths covering all manner of artists and art galleries, music and publishing houses, educational institutions, and Archdiocesan ministries.

The The Archdiocesan Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons (known formerly as the Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Catholics, MLGC) will be there, and we invite you to visit our booth in the exhibition hall, join us at our hosted wine and cheese reception on Saturday evening, and/or attend one of this year’s LGBT-themed presentations.

Here are the details:

Our wine and cheese reception will take place in Suite 1751 of the Anaheim Marriott (one of the hotels that is hosting the convention), 700 Convention Way, from 7:30–9:30 pm on Saturday, March 15th. It’s a perfect time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. We hope to see you there!

On the exhibition floor, which is in Convention Center Hall A, you’ll find us in booth 464. Exhibition floor hours on Friday & Saturday are 8:00 am–5:00 pm; On Sunday, the exhibition hall is open from 8:00 am–3:00 pm.

Two LGBT-themed presentations that we’d like to draw your attention to are:

Track 3-04, “Illuminating Church Teachings On Homosexuality” (Friday, 3:00p-4:30p), facilitated by Fr. Chris Ponnet and Arthur Fitzmaurice

Homosexuality is a controversial topic within the Church and in society. Official Church teachings offer a plethora of information for lesbian and gay Catholics and their families, but it’s often misquoted or out of context. This workshop will provide an overview of Church teachings on homosexuality from the Scriptures, Catechism, papal encyclicals and pastoral letters. Attendees can expect to better understand the Church’s three primary teachings on homosexuality: 1) the dignity of the human person; 2) the Church’s opposition to discrimination and harassment; and 3) the call to chastity. Additionally, teachings to help lesbian and gay Catholics participate fully and actively in the Church will be discussed.

Track 5-12, “Gay Catholic? Identifying As Catholic Before Gay” (Saturday, 1:00p-2:30p), facilitated by Arthur Fitzmaurice and a panel of gay and lesbian Catholics

Many people have left the Church, but even more couldn’t ever even consider that. LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people offer a model for what it means to identify as Catholic above all else. In this workshop, a panel lead by Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice will share why they are Catholic to the end in light of Church teachings on homosexuality. In fact, we will share how homosexual identity has brought us closer to the Church and affirmed our Catholic identity.

With 487 other presentations—most in English, but quite a few in Spanish and Vietnamese—there is sure to be something for everyone. More about the Congress is available on their web site.

We hope to see you there!

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