GNRC Third Assembly: Work Summary

3rd Assembly of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics

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Proud and Prophetic

LGBTI and Ally Catholics

30 June – 4 July 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

 

Invitation to the GNRC Third Assembly: We are truly “Proud and Prophetic”

Meetings Work and Results

  • Timeline and Activities: Follow each activity in our timeline, starting with the Regional Preconferences, the Inaugural Ceremony, the Workshops, the Assembly Plenary Session and the Conjoint Activity with DignityUSA.
  • Regional Pre-conferences: Before the Assembly, each caucus had one day to discuss, share and report on activities in their region and report back to GNRC on their region’s current realities and significant issues.
  • Committe Workshops: For two days, our member representatives gathered in six different workshops to evaluate, discuss and propose the guidelines for the Network during the next three years.
  • Board Election: We are happy to announce that a new Board was elected on July 4th for the period of 2019-2021 by our members delegates during the end of our Third Assembly plenary session.

Guest Speeches

We had the presence of two theologians – Mary E. Hunt and Miguel H Diaz – who presented interesting topics related to being Proud and Prophetic. Later, on the 50th Anniversary of DignityUSA, they made additional presentations with Bryan N. Massingale during a theological panel.

From left to right Mary E. Hunt, Miguel H. Diaz and Bryan N. Massingale.

Mary E. Hunt is an American feminist theologian who is co-founder and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER) in Silver Spring, Maryland, US. A Catholic active in the women-church movement, she lectures and writes on theology and ethics with particular attention to social justice concerns.

Miguel H. Diaz is an American theologian, diplomat and commentator who served as United States Ambassador to the Holy See. He was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 5, 2009. He was the first Hispanic U.S. Ambassador accredited to the Holy See.

Bryan N. Massingale is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. He received his doctorate in moral theology from the Academia Alphonsianum (Rome). His approach to social ethics focuses upon the impact of religious faith as both an instrument of social injustice and a catalyst for social transformation. 

Official Album

Check the images of the work done in Chicago alongside the moments and places where we entered in communion by praying and celebrating the bless of being together. You will witness as well how we also had time to meet the city, their LGBT Center and have fun while sharing before, during and after the working agenda.  

  • Prayings and Ceremonies: All our sisters and brothers contributed with their unique gifts to give a wide and diverse cultural representation during the morning prayers, liturgies and other symbolic moments.
  • Assembly Work: Through the Pre-conferences, Workshops and the Extraordinary Assembly Meeting the GNRC had four days of hard work that engaged, committed and strengthened our organization.
  • Chicago Tour and Recreation: Even under the rain our attendants joined the local Pride festivities with the Chicago community showing the diversity of our Network.
  • Making Friends and Memories: Out of the official agenda, the GNRC representatives and delegates meet each other so new friendships were born which we hope will continue till our next Assembly

Assembly Feedback

Our last gathering in Chicago was an amazing and memorable occasion for everybody who was there. 

  • Statistics and Greetings: Here are some useful statistics from our gathering that demonstrate how representative they were of our wide network. Also, we would like to thank all those who made our Assembly happen.
  • Impressions from the Attendants: You can read here the affirmative and positive impressions from its attendants as the work done keeps inspiring us to continue the GNRC work.

Third Assembly Official Picture