BOOKS and Articles:  Updating for Fall and Advent 2020
Summer Readings

Book Releases We Can’t Wait For

What Else Are We Reading Now?

Dominic Preziosi: In this so-far gameless season, the baseball fan can still turn to books. I’ve been finding solace in Ballpark: Baseball in the American City, a lively, richly illustrated, and satisfyingly hefty history of parks—not stadiums!—by architecture critic Paul Goldberger. He traces the evolution of parks from the 1862 opening of Union Grounds in Brooklyn and the introduction of steel and stone in constructing the edificed bandboxes of the early twentieth-century, to the construction of storied parks like Forbes and Fenway, through the charmless “concrete donuts” of the 1960s and ’70s and into the retro renaissance ushered in with Baltimore’s Camden Yards. The city is central to baseball’s existence and, Goldberg makes clear, its participatory and democratic nature. He also confirms the superiority of the New York Mets home to that of the other team in town: “Citi Field has a welcome casualness that stands in clear contrast to the haughtiness of the stadium in the Bronx.” 

Katie Daniels: Although it’s not quite a light summer read, I haven’t been able to put down Midnight in Chernobyl, journalist Adam Higginbotham’s riveting account of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. In a matter of seconds, an uncontrolled nuclear chain reaction caused a massive explosion that destroyed a reactor, but the scientists, firefighters, and local townspeople involved in the tragedy will spend decades dealing with the health and environmental consequences. Higginbotham chronicles this years-long saga in meticulous detail, letting the facts, horrifying as they are, speak for themselves.

Thomas Baker: Seeking escape in Victorian fiction, instead in Anthony Trollope’s The Way We Live Now I rediscovered the ignorant financial con-man Augustus Melmotte, elected to Parliament just days before his sudden fall: “The new farthing newspaper, ‘The Mob,’ [put] Melmotte forward as a political hero, preaching with reference to his commercial transactions the grand doctrine that magnitude in affairs is a valid defence for certain irregularities.”

How Change Happens:
Understanding Alternative Catholic Experiences:
For those web visitors who want more information regarding the History and Current status of the Alternative Catholic Experience, we recommend the book:  “THE OTHER CATHOLICS” BY JULIE BYRNE c2016

Here are some links to sites of potential interest to Roman and Other Catholics. They are grouped under various headings: The Ordination of Married Priests and Women; Structural Reforms in the Catholic Church; Social Policy and Social Justice; Catholic Intentional Eucharistic Communities; and Santa Barbara Area Sites. These sites change as much as the Catholic Imagination requires.

Multi-National Megasite Supporting Reform Worldwide

Catholic Church is a global community supporting decentralization of the Church. This movement began in 2013, following the election of Pope Francis. It gives voice to the sincere, worldwide hope that real dialogue and real changes will come about soon.

Sites Supporting the Ordination of Married Priests and
CORPUS website  CORPUS is a faith community affirming an inclusive priesthood rooted in a reformed and renewed Church.  If you are interested in current issues regarding the Married Priesthood you may be interested in this.

CORPUS blog . . . Our Blog is a portal to news, articles and resources enabling you to keep up-to-date in the Catholic Reform process.

Women’s Call to the Priesthood

Roman Catholic WomenPriests (RCWP).
The mission of Roman Catholic WomenPriests is to primarily spiritually prepare, ordain, and support women from all states of life, who are theologically qualified, who are committed to an inclusive model of Church, and who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to minister within the Roman Catholic Church.

Women’s Ordination Conference  The Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC) is the world’s oldest and largest organization working solely for the ordination of women as priests, deacons, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Catholic Church.

Sites Calling for Structural Reforms in the Catholic Church
Future Church:  Click here for up to date information on Future Church  
Future Church seeks changes that will provide all Roman Catholics the opportunity to participate fully in Church life and leadership.  In Spanish, French, English, Italian, German.. www.futurechurch.

 The American Catholic Council We ground ourselves in our common baptism giving us rights and responsibilities to continue the mission of Christ on earth. We are a movement of individuals and representatives of organizations committed to the fullness of the Catholic Church. As Vatican II Catholics we are united under a new banner, the American Catholic Council.

The International Movement We Are Church (IMWAC), founded in Rome in 1996, is committed to the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church on the basis of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and the theological spirit that has developed from it.

Call to Action educates, inspires and activates Catholics to act for justice and build inclusive communities through a lens of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles.  If you are just getting started in searching new ways of being Catholic, this is the site for you.

Social Policy and Social Justice Sites Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good promotes public policies and effective programs that enhance the inherent dignity of all, especially the poor and most vulnerable. . . “We accomplish our goals through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic media outreach, and engaging citizens in the service of the common good.”

JustFaith Ministries empowers ordinary people and their communities to become agents of God’s compassion and healing. Through workshops and programs, JustFaith Ministries helps participants to expand their commitment to social ministry within their faith communities.

Network is a progressive voice within the Catholic community that has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 30 years.  “Through lobbying and legislative advocacy, we strive to close the gap between rich and poor and to dismantle policies rooted in racism, greed and violence.”
“Nun’s on the Bus” was created from these concerns.

Catholic Intentional Eucharistic Communities – Gateway Sites Alternative Catholic Experience serves as a gateway to help you find an Intentional Eucharistic Community near to where you live or travel.  Another directory of IECs is found at the Intentional Eucharistic Communities site, below.

Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IECs) are those small faith communities, rooted in the Catholic tradition, which gather to celebrate Eucharist on a regular basis. Born in the enthusiasm flowing from Vatican II for a church of the people, some IECs were instituted in parishes, some were created as alternatives to the parish, some retain close ties with the institutional church, and some function independently. All are characterized by shared responsibility for the governance and life of the community.

Santa Barbara Area Communities that You may be interested in attending: 
Word and Life:  A 43 year old Adult Study Group that meets on Most Thursdays from 10:00 AM until 12:00 Noon at the First Presbyterian Church Santa Barbara on State Street.  Excellent speakers.

Catholic Church of the Beatitudes. Usual  Mass Saturdays 4:30 PM.
Please go to their website for Covid 19 updates

“Rooted in the values of compassion, peace, and justice as taught by Jesus the Christ, we are actively creating a new model of church through servant leadership. We honor the gifts of everyone, and recognize unity in diversity as we develop a community of equals.” Mass is celebrated Saturdays at 4:30pm at the First Congregational Church, 2101 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93015. We are affiliated with Roman Catholic Women Priests.