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Note: Our stalwart editor Peggie Thorp is taking some long-deserved time away during July and August. I have been asked to fill-in for her. I will continue her practice of collecting information from people in Affiliates across the country. In addition, I will be featuring various aspects of the October Convention. Disciples in ActionSally Vance-Trembath

October Convention: VOTF can change the Church: Your work in VOTF already has and we can do even more. Come to the Convention to learn even more ways to "Keep the faith: Change the Church."

  • Richard P. McBrien to speak at VOTF Convention
    Professor McBrien has been a friend of VOTF since Jim Muller and Jim Post asked his advice in 2002. Few theologians have done as much to give voice to Catholics as Richard McBrien. Read more.

  • Workshops and Panels — The Convention will have panels and workshops where VOTF members share how they have made a difference. Much concrete work has been done that you can carry home. Click here for a preview of two of the workshops.

  • The Priest of Integrity Award that will be presented at the Convention continues VOTF support of the sacramental priesthood and the richness it brings to our tradition. Read more.

VOTF Fall Action for 2007 leading to the National Convention CONSCIENCE + COURAGE = DISCIPLESHIP
As VOTF’s National Convention nears, we move from an internal grounding in conscience to the more active role of disciple. These surveys will provide you with a tool to assess how your diocese is doing in financial accountability, shared governance and child protection. The results of these surveys will be summarized and compared diocese to diocese at the convention giving each person a foundation for discussion and action.

VOTF member's embrace their Baptism. One way we work towards our goal of structural change is by helping Catholics to take their Baptismal responsibilities seriously. Consider using another VOTF implementation tool, Profile of the 21st Century Catholic in your Affiliate.

DIOCESE/State Watch

Delaware VOTF works with Governor and Legislature to Pass Senate Bill that Helps Victims of Abuse. Read VOTF's Press Release.

Paul Lakeland and Catholicism at the Crossroads in South Los Angeles
VOTF of Southern Los Angeles sponsored Paul Lakeland on Sunday June 10. Professor Lakeland gave a presentation entitled "Catholicism at the Crossroads: How the Laity Can Save the Church". Over 100 attended the talk at St. Agatha Catholic Church in Los Angeles. Professor Lakeland teaches at Fairfield University and his talk was based on his new book of the same name that was recently published by Continuum. Professor Lakeland explained the responsibility of the laity and clergy to share the work of becoming an adult Church. VOTF Southern Los Angeles can be contacted at

In the Vineyard
July 12, 2007
Volume 6, Issue 13
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CONVENTION 2007 Updates

VOTF Fall Action leading to the National Convention

Office Note: Looking for meaningful volunteer work? The VOTF National office can help! We have a menu of opportunities. Please call Millie Seaborn at 617-558-5252 or email at

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