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Evangelization as Revolution: How Pope Francis is Changing the Church

Speaker: David Gibson
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:30 PM
St. Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
 Pope Francis is an enormously popular figure but many Catholics also want to know whether that popularity will translate into real change. David Gibson, a Catholic author and national reporter for Religion News Service, looks at how Francis is trying to reform the church, and how his style really is substance. But will his style outlive his papacy? 
An award-winning journalist, author, filmmaker and a convert to Catholicism, David Gibson specializes in writing about religion. He has covered the religion beat in his native New Jersey and written for leading magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, Newsweek,The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Commonweal, and America. The Coming Catholic Church: How the Faithful are Shaping the New American Catholicism is one of his two books on Catholicism. Gibson has won the Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year Award, the top honor for journalists covering religion in the secular press, and has twice won from the American Academy of Religion their top prize for writing on religion. A regular TV and radio commentator, he has appeared on ABC, NBC, and CNN News and PBS' Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
Learn more about David Gibson here.

Thanksgiving Liturgy

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 AM
St. Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
An Advent Discussion of the Book:

Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love
by Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J.

Sunday, December 7, 2014, 2:30 PM*
St. Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road

Morristown, NJ

Click here for directions

*Liturgy at 4:30 PM

“Elizabeth Johnson shows that Darwinian theory of evolution need not stand against a religious belief in God. Instead she provides a theology of creation that not only integrates an understanding of evolution with a belief in the presence of God’s love and grace in the world, but also encourages us to take up our common responsibility for the earth, its environment, and all its living creatures.” - - Francis Schussler Fiorenza, Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Theological Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson is Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, New York. A renowned theologian, teacher, and author, she has received numerous awards and is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of American and the ecumenical American Theological Society.



From time to time, we get requests for information on the locations of small Intentional Eucharistic Communities (SIECs) in New Jersey.

Three are available that we know of:

VOTFNJ hosts a liturgy at 4:30 P.M. the first and third Sundays of the month at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 100 Harter Rd., Morristown. There are some exceptions. Please see announcements on this page or check our calendar. Thank you.

The Inclusive Community meets at 11 A.M. every Sunday at Stanley Congregational Church, 94 Fairmont Ave., in Chatham.  For further information, click 

Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community meets in Sparta at the Waltar G. Lynch Senior Center, The Knoll Heights Community Center, 40 Trapasso Dr., at 10:00 AM Sundays and in Morristown at St. Mark Lutheran Church at 1:00 PM, the 2nd Sunday of the month. For further information, click
here or call 973-539-8732.


For those of you who would like a little "light" reading...

"The Synod of Bishops, gathered around the Holy Father, turned its thoughts to all the families of the world, each with its joys, difficulties and hopes. In a special way, the Assembly felt a duty to give thanks to the Lord for the generosity and faithfulness of so many Christian families in responding to their vocation and mission, which they fulfill with joy and faith, even when living as a family requires facing obstacles, misunderstandings and suffering."
  Read more.

For a progressive point of view, check out the summary of Janet Hauter, American Catholic Council Chair.



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EUCHARISTIC CELEBRATION Sunday, December 7 at 4:30 PM, Dick Rento presiding. Click here for directions.

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