Newsletter Winter 2001
Faith on Tap for Young Adults
By: Lora Winger
"We believe the Church is: the living,
creating, evolving Body of Christ; the hopes and dreams of people
who seek a just and loving world; men and women who love their
faith and want their voices heard; the Spirit speaking through
the gifts and talents, hearts and minds, sorrows and joys of each
Thus began the mission of Faith on
Tap, a program where young adult Catholics gathered for a speaker,
conversation and theology. Over 60 people attended the series of
sessions that began in July with the topic, "Am I Catholic?" Fr.
Jim O'Donnell and Maggie Conrad, founders of The Little Brothers
and Sisters of the Eucharist, spoke about finding the heart and
spirit of the Catholic faith in receiving the Eucharist, serving
the poor, and spending time in communal and personal prayer. Dr.
Sheila McGinn, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at John
Carroll University, witnessed to her personal search for meaning
and purpose in the Catholic faith, a journey that has led her to
teach classes on feminist theology.
In "God Made Me This Way: A Catholic
Look at Sexuality," Fr. Mark Hobson, pastor of the Church of the
Resurrection, presented an overview of moral theology and the role
that informed conscience plays in making moral decisions. He outlined
Catholic teachings on sexuality issues from an historical and scriptural
Barb Ballenger, performer with Beacon
Street Performing Arts Ministry, and Fr. Tim Daw, associate pastor
at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, shared stories in "One Bread,
One Body: Who Is Welcome?" Using the example of building a ramp
for wheelchair access to a church, Barb pointed out that for every
two inches in height, the ramp must extend two feet. "If we want
people to increase their understanding just a little bit, we must
reach out even more." Fr Tim stated, "Words are symbols that reflect
what we believe about ourselves. In our prayer, the words reflect
what we believe about ourselves in relationship to God. This is
why it is crucial that our words include all of human experience,
not a limited view of it."
Dr. Marty Poluse, theology teacher
at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, presented an overview of
Vatican Council II in "Church Ongoing or Church on Hold?" Pope
John XXIII stated on the eve of the Council, "Open up the windows
and let the fresh air in." Dr. Poluse described both the pre-Council
and post-Council Church, and the vision of hope that remains as
a result of "opening the windows."
The sessions concluded with Dr. Robert
Ludwig's presentation on "Can't Hold Back the Spirit." Dr. Ludwig
is Director of Campus Ministry and a professor of Catholic Studies
at DePaul University in Chicago. "You can't hold back the Spirit
within you, because if you do, you will die," stated Dr. Ludwig.
"You must give voice to what is within you. You must express it
and celebrate it."
If you are interested in conducting
a Faith on Tap series in your area, please call the FutureChurch
office (216-228-0869) for details.