April 8, 2017
Michael Morwood in Fort Worth, TX
Theologian, Author, Adult Faith Educator
Theme: Jesus Through a Twenty-first Century Lens.
Context: Reflection for Holy Week and Easter.
All the logistics are in place for our day-long seminar with Michael Morwood . He was our guest presenter once before, in 2012. We asked if he would come back from his home in Australia to continue our conversation. We are excited that he accepted our invitation. Let me tell you why as briefly as I can.
First and foremost, Michael helped us articulate our spirituality in Jesus and his message with twenty-first century science and religion references. He was interesting. Folks still speak of him. To paraphrase comments I’ve heard in the past month: “Morwood addressed questions I had been afraid to ask.” “That afternoon Q & A session was incredible, like a conversation at my kitchen table, but actually there were eighty-some people in the room!” And, “For a long while after, I didn’t know how to pray, at least not with words. I finally found my own words.”
My own experience with Michael began when I joined a local book club reading his benchmark work, Tomorrow’s Catholic: Understanding God and Jesus in a New Millennium . I struggled with the book more than others because I had to work past a lot of theology I had been taught in seminary. It would be more accurate to say that the group’s year-long discussion of the book helped me re-imagine my Catholic faith. My big discovery moment? A companionable Jesus, and his message intelligible as never before in my life. That’s how I began the Millennium.
Now, please check the link on this page to the April 8, 2017, registration information. Save the date on your calendar. Please come, and bring a friend. Adult faith formation is one of the aims of our group, Voices For Renewal (VFR) of North Texas. This is the ninth Spring Conference we have sponsored. Our intent is to bring you today’s voices in the living Catholic tradition of Vatican Council II. We invite experts in their fields that you are not likely to hear and to converse with otherwise.
Raymond Szempruch, president, Voices For Renewal.
Recognizing the responsibility to follow informed conscience and impelled by the need for justice, compassion, inclusiveness and dignity for all persons, the members of Voices for Renewal: A Vatican Council III Community have come together to be church in the Spirit of the Gospel of Jesus the Christ and the Second Vatican Council.
¨ Along with Vatican Council II, we assert the equality of all the faithful that flows from a common baptism.
¨ We intend to promote vigorously true collaboration and consultation in the church, religious freedom, dialogue and ecumenism, a free flow of information, recognition of the giftedness of all believers and their common priesthood, and a greater voice in decision-making for the laity.
¨ We call on all the church to embrace once again the hope, the promise, and the prophetic vision of Vatican II.