Tuesday, May 16, 2017

302: Spiritual Encounters with Women Mystics for the 21st Century

Spiritual Encounters with Women Mystics for the 21st Century invites you to catch the living spirit of amazing women witnesses to the inbreaking of the Holy One's infinite love in our midst and to our oneness with all creation.

In the reflections, discussion starters, and prayer experiences from Praying with Visionary Women that accompany each woman’s story, you are invited to reflect on her words and actions in light of your own life experience and the Spirit of God working within you.

In prayer and journaling, you dialogue with these soul sisters, and contemplate their wisdom, compassion and courage as a reflection of the feminine face of God for all times. 
Their words and actions are a rich source of inspiration and renewal in our prophetic commitment to work for justice, peace, and equality in our world.


As the bondage of sexism, racism, militarism, and ageism continues, this course offers us a rich variety of resources to nurture your inner mystic and calling to be a courageous disciple of Gospel justice and empowerment in the 21st century.


This on-line course opens the week of May 1, 2017 and concludes the week of July 17, 2017. The course is presented in six sessions. Each session is two weeks long. In the first week participants read and reflect on course materials and in the second week, participants write a refection on the session’s theme.
Course in progress

Course Facilitators:

Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Bridget Mary Meehan, MA, DMin, ARCWP, a Sister for Christian Community, is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, Florida. Bridget Mary presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry. She is an author of twenty books.  Her work in communications media include programs about women priests on Google and YouTube. Bridget Mary was ordained a priest in the first USA ordination in Pittsburgh on July 31, 2006 and was ordained a bishop in Santa Barbara, California on April 19, 2009.


Dr. Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP

Mary Theresa Streck, Ed.D., DMin, 
is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany, NY. She presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry and is a member of the ARCWP Program of Preparation team. She earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Sage Colleges and a Doctorate in Ministry from Global Ministries University. She was ordained a priest on September 15, 2013.


Cost: $100 (financial aid available)
Register now at peoplescatholicseminary@gmail.com

Mail check or money order to:
People's Catholic Seminary
PO Box 421
Watervliet, NY 12189


(paypal coming soon!)



Sunday, May 7, 2017

Spiritual Spa 101: The Healing Power of Prayer


THE HEALING POWER OF PRAYER
by Bridget Mary Meehan, D.Min.

Program Overview:
The program is presented in twelve sessions. Each session is one month long.

Part One offers a historical overview and explains Jesus' outlook on healing, the Christian Church's teach­ings about healing, the relationship between healing and the presence of the Divine in times of suffering. It also presents a practical rationale for inner healing prayer and suggests ways to find spiritual transformation  
in everyday life.

Part Two presents ten different healing prayer experiences: 
1. Healing of Memories Prayer
2. Forgiveness Prayer
3. Journal Prayer
4. Centering Prayer
5. Scripture Prayer

6. Fantasy Prayer (guided imagery prayer)
7. Relaxation Prayer
8. Healing Affirmations for Daily Living
9. Prayer for Healing Families, Races, Nations, Religions and Earth
10. Prayer of the Sufferer

Course Facilitators:

Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Bridget Mary Meehan, MA, DMin, ARCWP, a Sister for Christian Community, is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, Florida. Bridget Mary presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry. She is an author of twenty books. Her work in communications media include programs about women priests on Google and YouTube. Bridget Mary was ordained a priest in the first USA ordination in Pittsburgh on July 31, 2006 and was ordained a bishop in Santa Barbara, California on April 19, 2009.


Dr. Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP
Mary Theresa Streck, Ed.D., DMin, is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany, NY. She presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry and is a member of the ARCWP Program of Preparation team. She earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Sage Colleges and a Doctorate in Ministry from Global Ministries University. She was ordained a priest on September 15, 2013.

Course Date: TBA

Cost: $120 (financial aid available)
Register at peoplescatholicseminary@gmail.com

Mail check or money order to:
People's Catholic Seminary
PO Box 421
Watervliet, NY 12189

(paypal coming soon!)


AN OPEN LETTER TO THOSE SEEKING HEALING

We all have prayed for healing for ourselves or others. Stories of healing in the Scriptures, in saints' lives, and in contemporary times give us comfort.  Whether it's the gospel story of Jesus healing a woman with a hemorrhage or the modern-day healing of a troubled heart, healing is a faith-filled event that transforms lives and works wonders. Healing prayer is an effective way to deal with the challenges of life by accessing the spiritual energy of God within us. 

This program offers you the opportunity to experience holistic healing in a variety of settings. You may want to read the prayer experiences on your own and use the reflection questions for private meditation. You might also consider discussing your ideas in small groups, with your spouse, or with a good friend. Regardless of the method you select, this program is intended to help you develop: 

• a greater awareness of the variety of approaches that can be used in meditation to tap into the God within you and to access your spiritual energy for healing and transformation.

• a clearer understanding of the value of imagination and prayer in the process of inner healing 

• a deeper appreciation of inner healing prayer as a powerful tool in dealing with the problems of anxiety, anger, rejection, stress, guilt and loneliness.

• a greater realization of the effectiveness and richness of inner healing meditation as a means to nourish your oneness with all creation in the Heart of God. 

• an increased ability to rely on various approaches to prayer as effective sacred practices for health and vitality.


PCS 303 Praying with Women in the Hebrew Scriptures

Welcome to Women in the Hebrew Scripture


As a resource for women and men to celebrate their biblical heritage, this course provides new hope for all who seek the Spirit’s empowerment in their lives. It reaffirms that nothing is impossible with God. Like our biblical sisters, Sarah, Hagar, Miriam, Deborah, Ruth, Esther, and Judith who took initiative, we can dream new dreams of liberation, healing, and empowerment for our world. We can act as if our vision for equality, justice, and love is already happening, because it is! The in-breaking of God’s love through the gifts and empowerment of women is already a reality!



In prayer and journaling, you catch the living spirit of amazing witnesses to the in-breaking of God’s wondrous, passionate, infinite Love-with-us. In the reflections, discussion questions, prayer experiences, and guided meditations that follow, you are invited to reflect on each sister in the faith, to imaginatively recreate her story from your perspective, and to reflect on her words and actions in light of your experiences.

The course is presented in eight sessions. Each session is two weeks long. In the first week you are invited to read and reflect on course materials and in the second week, you are invited to write a refection on the session’s theme.

Registration opens: TBA

Course Facilitators:


Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Bridget Mary Meehan, MA, DMin, ARCWP, a Sister for Christian Community, is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, Florida. Bridget Mary presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry. She is an author of twenty books. Her work in communications media include programs about women priests on Google and YouTube. Bridget Mary was ordained a priest in the first USA ordination in Pittsburgh on July 31, 2006 and was ordained a bishop in Santa Barbara, California on April 19, 2009.


Dr. Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP
Mary Theresa Streck, Ed.D., DMin, is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany, NY. She presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry and is a member of the ARCWP Program of Preparation team. She earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Sage Colleges and a Doctorate in Ministry from Global Ministries University. She was ordained a priest on September 15, 2013.

Cost: $100 (financial aid available)
Register at peoplescatholicseminary@gmail.com

Mail check or money order to:
People's Catholic Seminary
PO Box 421
Watervliet, NY 12189

(paypal coming soon!)


To Read the Introduction to the course, click on read more: 


PCS 305: Praying with Women in Ministry in the Early Church

Welcome to Women in Ministry in the Early Church


In the early Church, we encounter the teaching, preaching, and leadership of women such as Junia, Phoebe, Priscilla, Lydia, and Mary, the mother of John Mark—all confident, independent, generous, faithful women, aware of their spiritual power and authority. The story of Thecla, a woman apostle who appears in the apocryphal book Acts of Paul and Thecla, reveals the tremendous impact of women’s solidarity in times of opposition, crisis, and rejection.

The women leaders in the early church show us how to nurture inclusive communities of faith where all are welcome. Their lives are a source of inspiration and an incentive to renewal in our commitment to work for justice, peace, and equality in our world. We can learn much about faith, hope, and love from these daring disciples.

From all over the world, sisters, daughters, mothers, grandmothers, women of many cultures, races, and ethnic backgrounds are sharing their dreams and visions to birth a new paradigm of worship, prayer, and community. 


Registration opens: TBA

Course Facilitators:


Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Bridget Mary Meehan, MA, D.Min, ARCWP, a Sister for Christian Community, is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, Florida. Bridget Mary presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry. She is an author of twenty books. Her work in communications media include programs about women priests on Google and YouTube. Bridget Mary was ordained a priest in the first USA ordination in Pittsburgh on July 31, 2006 and was ordained a bishop in Santa Barbara, California on April 19, 2009.


Dr. Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP
Mary Theresa Streck, Ed.D., D.Min, is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany, NY. She presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry and is a member of the ARCWP Program of Preparation team. She earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Sage Colleges and a Doctorate in Ministry from Global Ministries University. She was ordained a priest on September 15, 2013.

Cost: $100 (financial aid available)
Register now at peoplescatholicseminary@gmail.com

Mail check or money order to:
People's Catholic Seminary
PO Box 421
Watervliet, NY 12189
(paypal coming soon!)

To read the introduction to Women in Ministry in the Early Church, click on read more.


PCS 304: Praying with Women of the Bible - Women in the Gospel

Welcome to Women of the Gospel



In the reflections, discussion starters, and prayer experiences from Praying with Women of the Bible, by Bridget Mary Meehan that accompany each woman’s story, you are invited to reflect on her words and actions in light of your own life experience and the Spirit of God working within you. Over eight sessions, you will encounter: The Samaritan Woman, Martha, Women with the Flow of Blood, The Canaanite Woman, Mary of Magdala, Woman Who Anoints Jesus' Head, and Mary, Mother of Jesus.
In prayer and journaling, you dialogue with these women of the Gospel and contemplate their wisdom, compassion and courage as a reflection of of the Holy One for all times. Their words and actions are a rich source of inspiration and renewal in our prophetic commitment to work for justice, peace, and equality in our world.

The course is presented in eight sessions. Each session is two weeks long. In the first week you are invited to read and reflect on course materials and in the second week, you are invited to write a refection on the session’s theme.

Registration opens: TBA

Course Facilitators:


Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Bridget Mary Meehan, MA, DMin, ARCWP, a Sister for Christian Community, is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, Florida. Bridget Mary presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry. She is an author of twenty books. Her work in communications media include programs about women priests on Google and YouTube. Bridget Mary was ordained a priest in the first USA ordination in Pittsburgh on July 31, 2006 and was ordained a bishop in Santa Barbara, California on April 19, 2009.


Dr. Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP
Mary Theresa Streck, Ed.D., DMin, is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany, NY. She presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry and is a member of the ARCWP Program of Preparation team. She earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Sage Colleges and a Doctorate in Ministry from Global Ministries University. She was ordained a priest on September 15, 2013.

Cost: $100 (financial aid available)
Register at peoplescatholicseminary@gmail.com

Mail check or money order to:
People's Catholic Seminary
PO Box 421
Watervliet, NY 12189

(paypal coming soon!)


To Read the Introduction to the course, click on read more: 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

202: REDISCOVERING JESUS IN A COMPANIONSHIP OF EMPOWERMENT FOR THE 21st CENTURY

Course Description: In this course, adult faith seekers will primarily use Diarmuid O’Murchu’s text Christianity’s Dangerous Memory: A Rediscovery of the Revolutionary Jesus along with supplemental materials available on the Internet. This course provides a liberating spirituality for a companionship of empowerment rooted in compassion, justice and equality that expands what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the 21st Century. Class participants will explore a Christian faith that is much bigger, deeper and more challenging than churches have ever acknowledged or proclaimed.

This on-line course opens the week of January 30, 2017 and concludes the week of April 10, 2017. The course is presented in six sessions. Each session is two weeks long. In the first week participants read and reflect on course materials and in the second week, participants write a refection on the session’s theme.
Registration deadline: TBA

Course Facilitators:

Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
Bridget Mary Meehan, MA, DMin, ARCWP, a Sister for Christian Community, is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, Florida. Bridget Mary presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry. She is an author of twenty books.  Her work in communications media include programs about women priests on Google and YouTube. Bridget Mary was ordained a priest in the first USA ordination in Pittsburgh on July 31, 2006 and was ordained a bishop in Santa Barbara, California on April 19, 2009.

Dr. Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP

Mary Theresa Streck, Ed.D., DMin, 
is one of the founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. She is a member of the pastoral team at the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany, NY. She presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry and is a member of the ARCWP Program of Preparation team. She earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Sage Colleges and a Doctorate in Ministry from Global Ministries University. She was ordained a priest on September 15, 2013.

Cost: $ (financial aid available)
Register now at peoplescatholicseminary@gmail.com

Mail check or money order to:
People's Catholic Seminary
PO Box 421
Watervliet, NY 12189
(paypal coming soon!)

Click here to read Amazon’s book review of Christianity’s Most Dangerous Memory

Thursday, September 15, 2016

401: SACRAMENTS in the 21st Century: Sacred Heritage and New Story

Introduction

People’s Catholic Seminary invites you to contemplate our sacred story, past, present and future. We offer an in-depth study of the history of the sacraments and the ongoing evolution of both theology and rites. In the 21st Century we are living a new story of mutual partnership and spiritual equality in the community of the baptized.

The primary text for the course is Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual by Joseph Martos. Drawing upon his decades-long study of the sacraments, Martos reveals how teachings that seemed rooted in the scriptures and Catholic life have become unmoored from the contexts in which they arose, and why seemingly eternal truths are actually historically relative. He concludes, “Medieval Catholic theology of sacraments, although plausible in its day, is no longer acceptable.”

Other supplemental materials for the course will include YouTube Videos from Busted Halo: Sacraments 101. Course reflection questions for each sacrament focus on the Church's sacred heritage and your lived experience of the spiritual evolution of sacraments.

Course Facilitators:
Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP
Dr. Mary Theresa Streck, ARCWP

On-line course opens TBA

Cost: $
register now at peoplescatholicseminary@gmail.com

mail checks to:
People's Catholic Seminary
PO Box 421
Watervliet, NY 12189