Gay in Christ: Dimensions of Fidelity

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Gay in Christ   

When: October 31-November 1, 2014
Where: Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall, University of Notre Dame
Schedule: (Click here for downloadable pdf.)

What would be an appropriate pastoral strategy for Catholic parishes with respect to parishioners who regard themselves as non-heterosexual in identity but accept the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage and sexuality? What are the issues that need to be addressed before such a pastoral strategy could be created? At the very least, these would seem to include issues of vocation and identity, the intersection of friendship, sanctification, and intimacy, of love, acceptance and family, and what it means to give and receive gifts in a Church community. It is the hope of this colloquium that we can stretch our own imaginations regarding the possibilities involved. Can the Church be better at receiving the gifts offered to the Church by self-identified gay Catholics who accept Church teaching?  In turn, how can the gifts of ecclesial life in the parish be better attuned to the needs of these self-identified gay members? This workshop style colloquium is intended to explore such issues with a view towards the eventual recommendation of local pastoral strategies for parish communities.

This event is co-sponsored by the Gender Relations Center at the University of Notre Dame

The colloquium is free and open to the public but we ask that you register here.

Speakers for the colloquium include:

Sr. Ann Astell; Ron Belgau; John Cavadini; Chris Damian; Joshua Gonnerman; Wesley Hill; Daniel Hoover; Kyle Keating; Chris Roberts; Melinda Selmys; Eve Tushnet


The colloquium is free and open to the public but we ask that you register here.


Rooms are being held at the Inn at St. Mary's, located right on the edge of campus. Please call 574.232.4000. Rooms are available for the nights of Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1. When you call, please state that you are with the Notre Dame Institute for Church Life; you will receive the conference rate of $114 + tax per night. This rate will be available until October 25, after which the price will revert to the standard rate.


Parking will be available in the D Bulla Road lot, next to the Early Childhood Development Center (see map). If you arrive before 1:30pm, a Cardinal shuttle bus will be available to drop you at the Library Circle. Geddes Hall is a short distance from the library. Please see campus map for directions. There is also limited parking in lot B16, across from Grace Hall. Those attending on Saturday are welcome to use the B lot opposite the Hesburgh Library.


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