August 1, 2007

Panels & Workshops

Mission Statement: To provide a prayerful voice, attentive to the Spirit, through which the Faithful can actively participate in the governance and guidance of the Catholic Church.

  • Discipleship and its revival at Vatican II
  • Energize, Educate & Evangelize: New Models for the New Parish
  • Who Says it’s Time to Blow Out the Candles? – Parish Closings
  • “Called to BE Church”: A Model for Participatory Pastoral Planning
  • Discipleship for Women in the Church of the 21st Century
  • “Googling God” – Making Catholicism Relevant to Young Adults
  • Recovering Catholicism
  • Lay Involvement in the Church - Paul Lakeland, Leonard Swidler
  • We/They – Breaking Down Barriers. Non Violence Training, Philosophy
  • Love in Action: How to Use Gospel Nonviolence to Follow Christ and Change the Church
  • “Voices of the Faithful: Loyal Catholics Striving for Change” – Report from a Study of VOTF members & the organization
  • Nature of Authority in Local Faith Communities
  • Attentive to the Spirit – Centering Prayer
  • Find Your Voice; Trust your Voice; Share Your Voice
  • Media: Using the Media to Promote your Affiliate & the Goals of VOTF – Rapid Response Communication
  • Catholic Women Through the Centuries: Foremothers & sisters, Sisters & Mothers for Christ and Church (historical perspective)

Goal 1: Support Survivors of Clergy Sex Abuse

  • Anger and Healing – Movement from Victim to Survivor
  • Supporting Survivors
  • Implementing Statutes of Limitations Legislation

Goal 2: Support of Priests of Integrity

  • Priesthood in Crisis: VOTF Responds
  • Issues Affecting the Priesthood & Their Implications for Reform in the Latin Rite Church
  • Election of Bishops: How the Catholic Church Should Choose its Leaders.

Goal 3: Structural Change within the Church

  • Is Another Crisis Looming? Can We Prevent It? Parish Safety Programs
  • Synods & Councils as Instruments of Accountability in the History of the Church
  • Demystifying the Parish Financial Report
  • Dialoguing with the Diocese