Women-Church Convergence, a coalition of diverse Catholic-rooted groups, celebrated its thirtieth anniversary September 27-29, 2013, by affirming its mission and applauding the “Conscience Monologues: Women’s Stories of Conscience within the Catholic Church” produced by the 8th Day Center, a member group of the Convergence. More than fifty women gathered in the Chicago area representing fifteen member organizations for prayer, discussion, and festivity.
The needs of women and dependent children— preventing sexual and domestic violence, bringing about reproductive justice, and assuring women’s moral and spiritual agency—are paramount concerns of Convergence groups. Together, the groups represent strong feminist voices in the creation of new forms of church and new egalitarian social structures.
Donna Quinn, past coordinator of Women-Church Convergence and Coordinator of the National Coalition of American Nuns, stated during this celebration that “Over the last 30 years Women-Church Convergence has worked to change unjust practices and structures within Church and Society. W-CC is a place where divergent Catholic feminist views can be brought to the table and all can be heard. We support each other with courage, laughter, and blessings in this work.”
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