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Nearly all of the sessions were recorded on video. They are available for a requested contribution to help defray equipment rental costs. Please make your contribution online here, or you can mail a check to "IEC Gathering" c/o 106 E 24 St, Minneapolis MN 55404 with "videos" in the memo.

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Click here to read descriptions of all 2015 Gathering sessions.


Plenary Recordings--click on the session name to view

Opening Prayer and Jamie L. Manson: “You Give them Something to Eat”: Living the Prophetic Call to be Eucharist for One Another
Roger Haight: Meals With Jesus Along the Way: A Theological Spirituality for IECs
Miriam Therese Winter: Resurrecting Jesus: eucharist with a small “e”

Closing Liturgy


Breakout Recordings--click on the session name to view

Pre-Conference: Catholic Social Teaching: We Speak and Act for Dignity and Justice

#1A The Words We Say: We Say What We Mean
#1B IEC's: Why Stay Affiliated With a Global Church?
#1C Collective Voices: Sung Prayer at Liturgy
#1D no session
#1E We are Many People: Nurturing Diversity and Fostering Everyone’s Gifts
#1F Who Writes the Check? Business Models for an Accountable IEC
#1G Two Visions: Research Reveals the Political realities of a Changing Church
#1H Communities Outside the Hierarchy: Exodus to the Promised Land?
#2A Breaking Open the Word: Two Experiences--session was not recorded
#2B Songs for Celebrating the Liturgy of Life--sesssion was not recorded
#2C Tasting the Reign of God: The Meal Ministry of Jesus
#2D Where’s the bread? Let’s set the Table
#2E Go Forth, Feed My Sheep: From Food Shelves to the White House
#2F Young Souls, Young Hearts, Young Minds: Children’s Education
#2G A Song is Somewhere to Begin
#2H Women in Liturgy and Ritual
#3A Primacy of Conscience, IEC Perspective
#3B Transition: Building Bridges to a Better Church
#3C Celebrating Together: Sacraments, Funerals, and Feasts, Oh My!
#3D Nuts and Bolts of Making It Work: Models, Decision Making, and Governance of IECs
#3E “Gathering” vs “Being Sent”: Living the Gospel, Stages of IEC Development
#3F Twenty-first Century Parchment: Technology That Binds Us
#3G The Future of IECs
#3H Actualizing the Francis Revolution In IECs: How to Activate and Mobilize an IEC

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Are you looking for a great market to show your ideas or sell your products?

We are looking for exhibitors.

Intentional Eucharistic Communities will gather on June 26-28, 2015, at Concordia College in St. Paul Minnesota. 250-500 progressive Catholics from throughout the United States are expected to attend. The Exhibitor Area will be open on Friday, June 26, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 27, 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Note: not open on Sunday. The space will be secure overnight.

Featured Presenters at the 2015 Conference:
Jamie L. Manson received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics. Her columns in NCR have won numerous awards, most recently second prize for Commentary of the Year from Religion Newswriters (RNA).
Roger Haight, S.J. did his doctorate in theology at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (1973) and has taught at Jesuit graduate schools of theology in Manila, Chicago, Toronto, and Boston. He is currently the Director of the PhD Program at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He has published works in the theology of grace, liberation theology, fundamental theology, christology, ecclesiology and spirituality. He is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America  and was named Alumnus of the Year of The Divinity School of the University of Chicago for the year 2005.
Miriam Therese Winter is Professor of Liturgy, Worship, Spirituality and Feminist Studies and Director of the Women's Leadership Institute. She came to Hartford Seminary to establish a department of liturgy, worship, and spirituality. She introduced ecumenical and cross-cultural emphases in theory and in practice, then developed feminist and multifaith approaches that have culminated in a quantum perspective.

Vendor Exhibit Area (if you are selling products or services):
• Includes a 6 foot X 3 foot skirted table and one line of electricity.
• Vendor tables line the walls of the large room next to the Dining Hall; it is a primary traffic area and provides overflow seating for meals.
• Everyone eating will have to pass through this area to get their food.
• The cost for one vendor table is $155 for Friday and Saturday. (No single day option)  Each additional table $75. Price increases $25 on April 16 and again June 1.

Information Exhibit Area (if you are selling nothing or very little):
• Includes a 6 foot X 3 foot table.
• Located in a classroom where breakout sessions also take place.
• The cost for one information table is $35 for Friday and Saturday. (No single day option)


Click here to book your exhibit.

You can use Paypal to make payment with your credit card or bank account, or pay by check, Your exhibit is not confirmed until you have paid and we have approved your request. Cancellation is refundable before May 31 subject to a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds after May 31.

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Soon we'll be listing the organizations which will be exhibiting.




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Patricia Hughes Baumer, M.Div. founded Partners in Preaching, a non-profit ministry whose mission is the training and formation of lay and ordained ministers for liturgical preaching in 1991. Along with her husband, Fred, Patricia is a member of Friends in Faith, an IEC founded in 2004.

Fred A. Baumer, Ph.D.
has trained lay and ordained ministers for preaching within a liturgical context since 1970, working with dioceses, parishes and theological schools. He was part of the writing teams for the 1982 USCC document: Fulfilled in Your Hearing, the Homily in the Sunday Assembly, and the 2010 Commentary on the same document. He served as the convener of the Theology of Preaching workgroup for the Academy of Homiletics, an ecumenical yearly gathering of preaching professors and scholars. His publications include a tape series on lectoring and the three-year commentary on the Sunday readings.

BourgeoisRoy Bourgeois
was born in Lutcher, Louisiana in 1938. He graduated from the University of Louisiana with a degree in Geology, then spent four years in the military. He received the Purple Heart in Vietnam. From the military, Roy entered the Maryknoll Order and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1972. He worked with the poor in Bolivia for five years, where he was arrested for his work in human rights and forced to leave the country. Back in the U.S., Roy became an outspoken critic of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. In 1990 he founded the School of Americas (SOA) Watch. Roy has spent over four years in federal prisons for his nonviolent protests against the SOA. In 1995, he produced a documentary film about the School of Americas called School of Assassins, which received an Academy Award nomination. In 1997, he received the Pax Christi USA Teacher of Peace Award. In 2010, Roy was nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. In 2012, after serving as a Roman Catholic priest for 40 years, Roy was expelled from the priesthood because of his public support for the ordination of women. Roy continues his work for peace, justice and equality and travels extensively, giving talks at universities, churches and groups around the U.S. and abroad.



Henry A. Bromelkamp, as President of Bromelkamp Company since 1978, is a computer systems consultant, programmer and designer. Having grown up in a family of nine boys, Henry learned the need for organization at a very early age. His background includes a degree in architecture and several years managing a community music organization, as well as work at the IBM Development Laboratory in Rochester, Minnesota. As a consultant, his work was originally for Arts Councils; eventually over half of the state arts agencies in the United States adopted the software he developed. More recently, the work has expanded to other grant makers, especially foundations. Henry lives in a constant state of renovating a big stone and brick Victorian house. He is an avid biker, runner, sketch artist, singer, and traveler. Henry is actively involved in building a promising future for the children of Africa. He is the chair of Africa Classroom Connection, which builds schools in South Africa, and a board member of Action for Children Zambia, which helps street kids get back into school and society. He is also an Ambassador of Books for Africa which provides textbooks to children of Africa. In addition, he's very active at Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community and is on the board to end homelessness at St. Stephen's Human Services. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  612-875-6001




Clyde Christofferson received a B.S. degree in Physics and a J.D., both from Stanford University. He worked as a trial attorney with the Antitrust division at the U.S. Department of Justice for 12 years and he is currently is a partner at Whitham, Curtis, Christofferson and Cook, a firm specializing in intellectual property law. He has chaired committees on intellectual property and technology law and practice for Virginia Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. He has served on planning committees for this and prior IEC Conferences, and serves on the board of the American Catholic Council and Catholic Church Reform International.

Clyde has been a member of the NOVA Community (an IEC in Northern Virginia) for forty-five years and served as one of its co-chairs. Using his education in science and law as well as his wide reading of Catholic theology, he writes a series of articles entitled "Theology for a Small Planet" for the NOVA Newsletter (available at Clyde and his wife Judy raised two children in the community, and their five grandchildren (ages 1 through 11) have a connection to the community either through baptism or just showing up at liturgy.



ClarkCharlie Clark, a retired high school counselor, has lived and worked in Platteville, WI, with his wife Joyce since 1976. Within the last five years they have experienced the “loss” of their parish community, St. Augustine University Parish, where they had been active members for over thirty-five years. Both had held leadership positions including parish council member and council president, and Charlie was also finance trustee for almost twenty years. In 2010 three members of the ultra-conservative Society of Jesus Christ the Priest were assigned by Bishop Morlino to serve the two parishes in Platteville, including "St. Augie’s.” In a few short years their conservative pre-Vatican II ideology resulted in the scattering of well over half the membership of both parishes. In October 2013 they officially cease membership in St. Augie’s, making them “roamin’ Catholics” who are now exploring the option of an Intentional Eucharistic Community in the Platteville area.




Trudy Conrad was born and raised in Washington, DC. She retired after 30 years with the AFL-CIO. She has been an active member of the IEC–The Catholic Community of Greenbelt for over 25 years. She was a member of the planning committee for the last two IEC conferences. Trudy is a member of the Greenbelt Interfaith Leadership Association.  GILA celebrates local religious diversity by facilitating the gathering of representatives from a variety of local faith groups. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Fr. Jim Coridens a canon lawyer and theologian, and is admitted to the bar in Indiana and the District of Columbia. His books include The Parish in the Catholic Tradition, Canon Law as Ministry, and The Rights of Catholics in the Church. He is a principal editor and author of the New Commentary on the Code of Canon Law (2000). He served for many years as Academic Dean and Professor of Church Law at the Washington Theological Union. In 2011 he received the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America. His recent articles include Parish Communities and Reorganizations, Conscience & Communion: What's a Remarried Catholic to Do?, and Theologians and Bishops: Good Procedures Promote Collaboration.



William V. D’Antonio earned a BA from Yale University, an MA from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Anthropology from Michigan State University. After two years on the faculty of Michigan State, he joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame as Assistant Professor. He served as Professor and Chair of the Department there from 1966-71. He moved to the University of Connecticut in 1971 as Professor and Chair. In 1982 he took a leave from Connecticut to become the Chief Executive Officer of the American Sociological Association, where he served until his retirement in 1991. He received Emeritus Professor Status from the University of Connecticut in 1986. In 1993 he joined the Sociology faculty at The Catholic University of America as a visiting Research Professor; he is currently a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies (formerly, Life Cycle Institute). He is the co-author and co-editor of an array of books including: American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church, and Voices of the Faithful: Loyal Catholics Striving for Change - a study of Catholic lay social movements striving to help change the Church. His most recent publications are: Religion and the American Dream: A Catholic Reflection in a Generational Context in American Dream in th 21st Centry, ed. by Sandra Hanson and John K. Whyte (Temple U. Press, 2010); Persistence and Change, Among American Catholics a 28 Page Pullout in the National Catholic Reporter (October 28, 2011) highlighting the research done by Dr. D’Antonio, Michele Dillon, and Mary Gautier; Religion, Politics, and Polarization: How Religiopolitical Conflict is Changing Congress and American Democracy (Rowman & Littlefield, June 2013); and Catholic Bishops and the Electoral Process in Voting and Holiness: Catholic Perspectives on Political Participation, ed. by N. Cafardi, (Paulist Press, TBP). He has received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Michael's College in Vermont, and was a Fulbright Senior Fellow in Italy in 2004.




Cathy Edwards MAPS, is Coordinator of Pastoral Care at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As Coordinator of Pastoral Care, Cathy serves with Listening Ministries, Visiting, Communion Services, Grief Support and Centering Prayer. Centering prayer is a form of Christian meditation and method of silent prayer that prepares us to experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and the discipline to foster that relationship.







After completing a doctorate in Systematic Theology and Liturgical Studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC, Chris Nwaka Egbulen joined three graduate faculties in New Orleans, LA; Ibadan, Nigeria; and Washington DC. He is a member of Communitas, Washington DC, and ministers as presider with Intentional Eucharistic Communities in the Baltimore-Washington areas. Married and with three children, he is founder and chief executive of both the Amen Foundation ( and Action Africa Inc (




Henry Nwaka Egbulem is a 7th Grade Scholar at Center City Public Charter School, Trinidad Campus, Washington DC. He’s an Honor Roll Scholar, with eyes on PA Avenue and recently a Spelling Bee finalist. Henry enjoys music and plays sports. He volunteers at parents' humanitarian organizations and is a coach to his two younger brothers. Henry is a regular Reader at Sunday celebrations at Communitas, Washington DC.







Maureen Fiedler, SL is the host of Interfaith Voices, a public radio show heard on 79 public and community radio stations in the US. She is also the editor of two books: Breaking Through the Stained Glass Ceiling: Women Religious Leaders in Their Own Words, and co-editor of Rome Has Spoken: A Guide to Forgotten Papal Statements, and How They Have Changed Through the Centuries. Maureen is a member of Communitas, an intentional worshipping community in Washington, DC and a Wednesday Night Liturgy group in the DC/Maryland area. She is a Sister of Loretto.






Jim Fifield helped form Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community 5 years ago and served on its initial governing council.  He was part of fundraising efforts that resulted in the purchase of DMIEC’s church building and worship space.  Jim is in his 22nd year as a corporate attorney with a Des Moines based financial services company, following nearly 10 years in private practice.  His wife Martha publishes the weekly DMIEC prayer aid and serves on the DMIEC Liturgy Committee.






Sister Jeannine Gramick has been a Roman Catholic nun for more than 50 years. While obtaining her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, she became involved in a pastoral outreach to lesbian and gay Catholics. Her re

ligious community assigned her to LGBT ministry in 1977. She has spoken and written extensively on the subject. Her books include Homosexuality in the Priesthood and Religious Life, The Vatican and Homosexuality, Building Bridges, and Voices of Hope. In 1999, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared that she should cease her ministry. She said, “I chose not to collaborate in my own oppression” and continues to advocate for LGBT people with the approval of the Sisters of Loretto. Her ministry is documented in the film, In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick's Journey of Faith, by the Peabody and Emmy award-winning director, Barbara Rick.





Mona Sweeney Gude has been involved since the beginning of the IEC in Des Moines. She serves on the Liturgy Team for the Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community (DMIEC). One of her roles is being the “Clipboard Sign-up Encourager.” As a totally lay-led community, DMIEC runs by the volunteers who sign up! She continues to be inspired and awed by the gifts of the people who help make the services happen each Sunday. Professionally, Mona is a Des Moines special education teacher. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






Steve Sweeney Gude is a speech-language pathologist for the Des Moines Public Schools. He has been involved with the Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community since its formation five years ago. Steve is active in DMIEC’s Social Justice Committee and El Salvador Committee. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







Roger Haight, S.J. did his doctorate in theology at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (1973) and has taught at Jesuit graduate schools of theology in Manila, Chicago, Toronto, and Boston. He is currently the Director of the PhD Program at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He has published works in the theology of grace, liberation theology, fundamental theology, christology, ecclesiology and spirituality. He is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America  and was named Alumnus of the Year of The Divinity School of the University of Chicago for the year 2005.






Janet Hauter has been engaged in many roles in Church leadership from local parish level to national reform groups, including Vice President of Voice of the Faithful and Co-Chair of the American Catholic Council event in Detroit in 2011.  She has particular experience in implementing the small Christian community process into large settings.  Currently serving as the national chair  of ACC, she actively collaborates with Catholic Church Reform Int'l.  Janet was in Rome for the Extraordinary Synod in 2014 and plans to return for the Synod on the Family this year.





Marilaurice Hemlock grew up surrounded by music and to no one’s great surprise got a degree in Music Education - Vocal/Choral from Illinois State University. She began her professional life as liturgist/musician working in campus ministry at Illinois State, continued her education with a Master of Pastoral Studies - Liturgy and Campus Ministry from Loyola University of Chicago and did more campus ministry (liturgy and music) at the University of Wisconsin -Madison. When she moved to the Twin Cities, she found her way to St. Stephen’s Catholic Community and served there as Director of Liturgy and Music for many years. When the Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community emerged in 2008, she stayed with them and continues to serve as part-part time liturgist in that community today. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  612-701-7558





For the large majority of Christians, the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) [invited] is the third divine person of the Trinity: the "Triune God" manifested as Creator, Savior, and Spirit; each person itself being God. The gifts of the Spirit include the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.







Hilary Howes was raised without any religious tradition but married a Catholic in the church before her 23rd birthday. After attending the Catholic Community of Greenbelt for 3 years she was baptized into the faith at 48. It was a first for the community because the group tends to be cradle catholics and over 50. The welcoming nature of this community embraced this transgender woman and her wife and opened a world of spiritual growth and community involvement that neither of them had imagine existed in this modern world.

Since then her call has led her to serve on the Dignity Transgender Caucus, Transfaith/IWG Communications Committee, Gender Rights Maryland Board, Call To Action/ Maryland Chapter Board, and the Pacific School of Religion's Trans-Roundtable. Her blog at Togetherstyle is a light of hope to transgender people struggling with their relationship with the Catholic Church.





Father Jan Michael Joncas was ordained in 1980 as a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN. He serves as Artist in Residence and Research Fellow in Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He holds degrees in English from the (then) College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN and the Pontificio Istituto Liturgico of the Ateneo S. Anselmo in Rome. He has served as a parochial vicar, a campus minister, and a parochial administrator (pastor). He is the author of five books and over two hundred articles and reviews in journals such as Worship, Ecclesia Orans, and Questions Liturgiques. He has composed and arranged over 300 pieces of liturgical music.





Father Ted Keating, SM, has been the Provincial Superior of the Society of Mary of the US (The Marists) since 2006. He was the Executive Director of the US Conference of Major Superiors of Men’s Institutes from 1999 to 2005. Previous to that he has been the Associate Director for Justice and Peace and Mission there for seven years. A civil lawyer before entering the Marists, he has been a seminary formation director, supervisor in the Washington Theological Union formation program, and parish pastor in a multi- cultural parish in the Algiers area of New Orleans. Ted was born and raised in Chicago and practiced law as a defense lawyer there for professionals. Ted did his philosophy and theology, and graduate studies, at the Catholic University of America. Ted has been serving the IEC’s in the Washington, DC, area since 1989.






Maureen Mancuso, M.Div. is an ordained Roman Catholic Womanpriest (RCWP). She received her M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. In addition, she holds a teaching credential in English and is working on her doctorate in theology. Maureen’s area of interest is the emergent field of eco-theology. Maureen has been a high school theology teacher, Campus Minister, hospital chaplain, Director of RCIA, and liturgist giving workshops on both the diocesan and national level. Maureen has served as a priest for Namaste Catholic Community and currently is pastor of St. Hildegard Catholic Community in Berkeley, CA.




Jamie L. Manson is a nationally sought-after speaker, retreat leader, and media commentator on issues related to women and LGBT Catholics, young adult Catholics, and the future of the church.

She received her Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School where she studied Catholic theology and sexual ethics. Her column, Grace on the Margins, appears in the National Catholic Reporter (NCR). Her writing has won numerous awards, including Commentary of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013 from the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA). She is also the book review editor at NCR.

As a lay minister, Jamie has worked extensively with New York City’s homeless and poor populations.

In addition to NCR, Jamie’s work has also been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed and Religion Dispatches, and her media appearances include NPR, MSNBC, CBS News This Morning, and Huffington Post Live.





Gloria J. Mog has been an active member of the NOVA Catholic Community in Arlington, VA for 32 years. She has served as Chair of the Community on two separate occasions and has been the Liturgy Coordinator for over 10 years now. Additionally, Gloria sings and drums with the NOVATones, the Community’s Music Group. Gloria lives with her husband, David, in Arlington, has two married sons living in Louisville and Seattle and has been in private practice as a psychotherapist at The Stone House for the past 25 years. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






John Mooney has been an active IEC member since 1990, when he, his late wife, and sons first joined Nova Catholic Community in Arlington, Virginia. A former Jesuit priest, he worked in local government management for 27 years and has a Ph.D. in philosophy and master’s degrees in theology and public administration. Now retired, he helps coordinate retreats in DC for homeless persons in recovery and is a volunteer management consultant for a social action agency in Nicaragua. And he’s going to marry a wonderful woman in April! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  703-477-8460





James W. Moudry, ThD, is a native of the Twin Cities in MInnesota where he still resides.  He holds graduate degrees in theology from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium, and from St.Thomas University "Angelicum" in Rome.  For 28 years Dr .Moudry served on the theology faculty of the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St.Thomas in St. Paul, MInnesota.  He has also taught theology at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, St.Norbert's College in DePere, Wisconsin, St.Catherine's University in St.Paul, and the Aquinas Institute in St.Louis.  He has been a consultant for church worship and sacramental practice and for church building and renovation.  Dr. Moudry is currently retired.



NeuDiann L. Neu, D.Min., MSW, LGSW, is co-founder and co-director of WATER, the Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual, in Silver Spring, MD. A feminist liturgist, spiritual director, and psychotherapist licensed in Washington, DC and Maryland, Diann specializes in liturgical and ritual planning, counseling and spiritual direction, retreats and conference consultation.She lectures and conducts workshops on liturgy planning, spirituality, women-church, and creating Eucharistic communities. She has published numerous books of rituals and articles on the subject of feminist approaches to liturgy, spirituality, and therapy.

She is co-editor with Mary E. Hunt of New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views (Skylight Paths, 2010). Among her publications are Seasons of Compassion: Resources for Companions of Those Needing Healing (WATERworks Press, 2009); Seasons of Healing: Journaling and Resources for Women with Cancer (WATERworks Press, 2008); Seasons of Survival: Prayers and Rituals for Women with Cancer (WATERworks Press, 2007); Women’s Rites: Feminist Liturgies for Life’s Journey (Pilgrim Press, 2003) and Return Blessings: Ecofeminist Liturgies Renewing the Earth (Pilgrim Press, 2002).





Dolly (Dolores) Pomerleau is a Maine native, transplanted in Maryland’s fertile soil. The crops have been abundant. She completed an MA in women’s studies at the George Washington University in the late 70s. In 1976, she co-founded the Quixote Center with Bill Callahan. During the ensuing years, Dolly co-founded the Women’s Ordination Conference, Potters for Peace, the Association for Rights of Catholics in the Church, and others. Her work at the Center has included the whole range of activities and responsibilities necessary to keep a vibrant organization moving forward. Dolly is a potter and a gardener – you can tell by looking at her hands and fingernails. She is also active in her town’s politics, not always a pretty sight. Technically retired, Dolly continues to work at the Quixote Center on a part-time basis. She loves the staff, the programs, and the outstanding people she has met through her work. Everyone should have a life as blessed as hers. - See more at:



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Julie Powell-Mohr has been with the Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community from its beginnings five years ago and is a part of the liturgy planning team. She is a retired language arts teacher, a gatherer of stories, and believes is the power of story to open our hearts.










Sarah Routman is a Leadership Instructor and a Wellness Advocate at the University of Minnesota and holds BA, BFA, and MA degrees. She is trained in Reiki and Reflexology and cares deeply about health and wellness. As a certified Laughter Yoga Leader and Teacher she has presented countless Laughter Yoga sessions including Women's Retreats. She inspires others to lead happier, healthier, more meaningful lives through laughter, which ultimately helps them to unlock their full potential. For more information about Sarah and Laughter Yoga, visit her website:, her Facebook page: 






Pat Schaffer was raised in Montreal, and studied at Trinity College in Washington DC, the London School of Economics, and Columbia Law School. Her law practice included work for Legal Assistance, The Civil Rights Division of Justice, and a law firm in Minneapolis where she specialized in Intellectual Property. She has lived in London, Geneva, and Lyons. She is now retired, and lives in Minneapolis with her husband, David Weissbrodt, a professor of law at the University of Minnesota. She has two children and two grandchildren.







Erica Sherwood currently works for & attends the Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community in Minneapolis, MN. As the church’s new Family & Children’s Program Coordinator, she has been asking herself and her friends what it looks like to share genuine faith, stories, humaneness and community with young people. She puts her energy into relationships, building a healthy mind & body, good food and art.








After graduating from Westmont College, Sarah Spengeman worked for three years in San Francisco for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). There she managed IRCSF’s volunteer and community engagement programs, working to mobilize local communities to support the resettlement of refugees. Sarah then went on to earn her master’s degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame, completing a thesis on the significance of Christian theology for the formation of liberal feminism. Afterwards, Sarah taught at Holy Names High School in Oakland, where she designed social science curriculum that incorporated Catholic Social Teaching. Most recently, Sarah earned a Ph.D. in political science, specializing in political theory. Sarah has also been teaching political science courses at community colleges and is politically active at all levels of government, volunteering on both congressional and state-wide initiative campaigns. In January 2015, Sarah became the Policy Education Manager at NETWORK Lobby, a Catholic Social Justice Lobby in Washington D.C.





Mary Beth Stein is a lifelong Roman Catholic and is actively involved in her local Minneapolis parish.  She has a master's degree in theology from St. Catherine University and has taught theology there.  Mary Beth presently serves on the board of directors for Catholic Coalition for Church Reform and is on the executive committee of the Council of the Baptized.  She works actively for reform from within the Catholic Church.








Mike Tegeder is pastor of two parishes in south Minneapolis, St. Frances Cabrini and Gichitwaa Kateri, an American Indian community. He also is the current board president of the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota. His bulletin column is at









 Singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen is a weaver of song and community singing. At concerts, conferences, classrooms, workshops, retreats, jails, places of prayer, and lines of protest, to be with Sara is to want to sing. Increasing wonder and awareness, deepening spiritual connection, and widening social engagement through song is at the heart of her work. Sara's ability to get people singing magically transforms gatherings into communities empowered with possibility. In addition to her songwriting and solo performance work, Sara is the artistic director of “Three Altos,” a vocal trio composed of Thomsen, Rabbi Amy Bernstein and Dr. Paula Pedersen. She is the founder and director of the "Echoes of Peace Choir," a non-audition community choir in Duluth, Minnesota, with a repertoire of world music and a membership of 70+ voices. Extending from her work with the choir, Thomsen founded the Echoes of Peace

 non-profit committed to examining critical social issues using music and the arts as a means to build and bridge informed, engaged, and caring communities. More about Sara at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 






Martha Turner, a native of Minnesota, has been Assistant Director of the Center for Ethics and Human Rights at the American Nurses Association since 2006. In 2006 she retired from active duty with the Air Force after 30 years as an AF nurse with the rank of Colonel. She now lives near St. Paul, Minnesota. She has been a member of the Quixote Intentional Eucharistic Community for over 10 years and a member of St Thomas Becket Parish. Martha is married to Charles Turner and has a grown son Michael, living in Washington DC. Over the years she has been active with the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform, The Quixote Center and Visitation Convent Alumnae Association. Her educational preparation includes the University of Minnesota for a BS and PhD in Nursing, Loma Linda University for an MSN and Ball State University for an MA in Counseling Psychology.





John Veldhuis is a native of the Netherlands. He “married into” the NOVA Catholic Community IEC 15 years ago when he wed his wife, Nancy, who has been a member of NOVA for 32 years. John has served as Chair of NOVA for two years and several years as a member of the NOVA Peace and Social Justice Committee. He retired from a career in education in Canada as a teacher, principal, superintendent, professor, and twice as the founder and president of a university, first in Haiti and later in Uganda. He holds a Master’s in Educational Administration, a Ph.D. in Philosophy as well as a Diploma in Ministry. John most recently taught seminarians for this year’s first semester at the Bishop Lutaaya College in Uganda. John and Nancy live in Alexandria, VA.





Jane Via was born and reared in St. Louis, Mo., graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature and from Marquette University with a Ph.D. in Religious Studies with an emphasis in New Testament.  Now retired, she taught theology for 9 years full time and several years part time at Catholic colleges and universities, then became a country prosecutor.  She was ordained a priest in 2006 on the Bodensee, founded a parish in San Diego, CA in 2005, and led the community for almost  9 years. She now assists the young woman priest and pastor as Pastor Emerita.  Her passion is justice in the church.






Mary Antonia Wilmes is a recently retired family attorney who has been an active member of the Spirit of St. Stephen’s Catholic Community and its parent community, Church of St. Stephen in Minneapolis, MN for over 20 years. As a self-employed person, she has had the time to get very involved with the beloved community. Her church volunteer work became particularly intense when the community left the Church of St. Stephen on March 2, 2008, after only three weeks’ notice, and just three weeks before Triduum and Easter. She’s been involved with liturgy since 1992, doing many liturgy-related tasks. She also for years maintained a private community Yahoo group, which was eventually merged into the community website and email after the community became independent. With the split in 2008, she was involved in facing many urgent needs, including facilitating communication with all former St. Stephen’s members, both those who formed the Spirit and the “diaspora”, finding a place to worship, incorporating as a church, and having volunteers take on most of the work which had been handled by staff at the parent church.




Miriam Therese Winter, Ph.D., a Medical Mission Sister, is Professor of Liturgy/Worship and Spirituality, Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute, and Director of a new M.A. in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. She is author of a number of books, including eucharist with a small “e” and Paradoxology: Spirituality in a Quantum Universe. She also has published more than a dozen CDs of original sacred folk songs and hymns, including Joy is Like the Rain. Her memoir, The Singer and the Song: An Autobiography of the Spirit, read and sung on audiobook by folk icon, Janis Ian, recently received a nomination for Outstanding Audio Book Narration in the category of Biography from the national Society of Voice Arts and Sciences.

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Arrangements & FAQ

Location and Transportation

The Gathering will be held in St. Paul, MN at Concordia University(view a campus map), a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university founded in 1893, one of 10 operated under the auspices of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is located in the Midway area between and less than 10 minutes from each of the downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, very close to the Snelling Avenue (Eastbound) or Hamiline Avenue (Westbound) exits on I-94, just five blocks south of the Hamline Avenue Station on the Metro Green Line, and even closer to several bus lines. Metrotransit ($1.75 non-rush hour, or $2.25 rush hour, transfers free between all bus and rail lines) has excellent connections to the area; you can plan your trip at  or The address is 312 Hamline Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104; those driving can enter off of Hamline Avenue and park in lot B.

Concordia is 7.8mi (about 15 minutes by car, or about 45 minutes by Metrotransit) from MSP Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Amtrak stops at Union Depot in downtown St. Paul, about 4 miles away, where you can catch the Metro Green Line to campus.

Metro transit to/from the airport is not difficult, but has an unusual change of trains. In the airport take escalators down from baggage claim to cross under the roadway, then an airport tram to the airport light rail station deep in the basement. Take any blue line train toward downtown Minneapolis. At the Downtown East Station, exit the train and cross over to the other platform to board any Green Line train going the opposite direction to head toward St. Paul. At the Hamline Avenue Station, walk South (past Target) about five blocks to campus.

Another option for transportation from the airport is SuperShuttle: 

If you’d like to share a ride back to the airport after the conference ends, meet at the registration desk Sunday 6/28 fifteen minutes after the closing liturgy.


On-site check-in/registration

Upon arrival, check in at the registration table in Pearson Commons (number 21 on the map) to get your room key/room assignment and name badge. Registration is open Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Friday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, and Saturday 7:00 am - 1:30 pm. If you arrive outside of these hours, please call 651-587-3016 for assistance.The address is 312 Hamline Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104; enter off of Hamline Avenue, park in lot B, and follow the signs to the main entrance.



Campus Apartment ($45/bed/night) is one twin bed in your own bedroom in a four bedroom apartment with two baths.
Campus Paired Room ($28/bed/night) has two twin beds with bathroom and shower shared with one another room. Paired rooms are in three-story building with entry steps and no ramp or elevator.
Campus Dormitory room ($28/bed/night) has two twin beds with common bathroom and showers down the hall.
The campus housing beds have sheets and towels, soap and shampoo, but no alarm clock (bring an alarm or your phone).

Home stay ($0) is your own bedroom in a private home. You and your host can discuss and approve the arrangements. The host can provide transportation to the Gathering.
If you can offer a home stay, describe your capacity and environment when registering and we'll contact you before assigning any guests to you.
We are not recommending any hotels near campus because there there are few close by; however the University is in the center of the metropolitan area so there are hundreds of good choices in reach of driving or transit.



All of the meeting venues though not all of the accommodations are handicapped-accessible -- Campus Paired Rooms are not ADA accessible. Please let us know when you register if you have special needs, which we will accommodate as much as possible.



Your registration includes meals for the time we are together, provided in the University cafeteria or with box lunches. We will not be providing snacks other than coffee, tea, and water at breaks. We will make plans for diabetic, vegetarian (ovo/lacto), vegan, or gluten free foods on request when you register. Other requirements are unlikely to be met; let us know when you register and we will find out.



To save cost and the environment, we are not planning to print a program or booklet for the conference, so shortly before you come to the Gathering, print out the Schedule and Sessions and Speakers pages from the web site. We'll have a limited number of copies for a small fee at the Gathering, in case you forget.



Registration for the Gathering will be $150 through April 15. Beginning April 16 it will be $175, and beginning June 1 it will be $200. Your registration includes meals.

The Pre-Gathering on Social Justice June 26 costs an additional $50. After covering transportation and lunch costs, most of that will be donated to the nonprofit organizations we will be serving or learning from.

A limited number of scholarships is available. If you need financial assistance, do not complete the registration but instead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 612-767-4533 and choose option 1.

Please register onlineWhen you register you will be directed to Paypal to make payment with your credit card or bank account. If you wish to pay by check, you can close the Paypal window when it appears, print out the confirmation email you receive from us, and mail it with your check to "IEC Gathering" P.O. Box 18273, Minneapolis MN 55418-0273, postmarked before the date the next rate change (April 15 or May 31). Registration is not confirmed until you have paid.

Cancellation is refundable before May 31 subject to a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds after May 31 though you may transfer your registration to someone else.

If you have questions This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us 612-767-4533, or write to our mailing address above.


Concert to End Homelessness

On Thursday June 25, not part of the Gathering but a recommended pre-Gathering activity! CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.
7:00pm-9:00 pm Concert to End Homelessness, a benefit for St. Stephen's Human Sevices
Featuring David Haas, Fr. Jan Michael Joncas, and Marty Haugen
St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN 55122

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Session Descriptions



Thursday June 25  Not part of the Gathering but a recommended pre-Gathering activity! CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS.
7:00pm-9:00 pm Concert to End Homelessness, a benefit for St. Stephen's Human Sevices
Featuring David Haas, Fr. Jan Michael Joncas, and Marty Haugen
St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 4030 Pilot Knob Road, Eagan, MN 55122 (we will have a bus from Concordia)

Thursday June 25

10:00am-5:00pm Registration Open [Pearson Commons]


Friday June 26 Pre-Gathering

7:30am-8:30am Welcome Coffee and Rolls [Buenger Education Center]

8:30am-10:00am Catholic Social Teaching: We Speak and Act for Dignity and Justice [Buenger Education Center]
There are many reasons to do good, or provide charity. The richness of Catholic Social Teaching is grounded in the dignity and humanity of all persons and our responsibility for the common welfare and creation. Join Sarah Spengeman, Policy Education Manager at NETWORK Lobby for Justice, to learn and discuss our Catholic heritage and teachings and the "preferential option for the poor" which calls us to follow Jesus not through charity alone but in solidarity with our poor neighbors. Sarah will present a concise explanation of key elements of Catholic Social Teaching with plenty of time to answer questions and share experiences.

After this session, we will depart campus to volunteer in your choice of service or learning opportunities. A box lunch or simple meal will be provided. Transportation to nearby locations will be by public transportation, in solidarity with the people we serve. Transportation to more distant locations will be by car or chartered bus, in order to be most practical with our time. A small portion of the fee for the pre-gathering will cover transportation and lunch, while the remainder will be donated to the volunteer sites to help defray their time and costs for our visits.

10:00am-11:15am Transportation (cars, buses)

11:15am-2:15pm Social Justice Involvement [various locations--see below]
Take action by serving our neighbors in a way that uses your skills or suits your passion, humor, or extroversion. Read these as listed in alphabetical order, or from the bottom, or randomly! If you have questions, please first contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 612-767-4533 before contacting the agencies directly. You will be accompanied by a host from the Gathering, so you won't be alone. Listen for the breath of Jesus in the words of the people you meet. Enjoy your time and know that your service is appreciated almost as much as your care and respect for others. CHOOSE ONE:

      #SJ01 Ascension Place: agency needs (maximum 6 volunteers)
Ascension Place, 1803 Bryant Avenue North, Minneapolis MN
Supportive and Transitional Housing for women with mission to provide women in crisis or transition with a stable environment and opportunity to explore options for their future. Activity would not likely include contact with residents, but would be some type of project to fill agency needs, such as painting, yard work, spruce-up the family room, etc. It will include a brief orientation about background, history and needs of clients.

      #SJ02 Cabrini Partnership: picnic with residents (maximum 6 volunteers)
Cabrini Partnership, at Brook Commons, 919 12th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Cabrini Partnership is part of Project for Pride in Living (PPL), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services: housing, employment training, support service and education. The activity is to picnic lunch with residents with chemical dependency issues and or mental health challenges living in supportive housing at Cabrini Partnership in Northeast Minneapolis.

      #SJ03 Cookie Cart: make cookies and be interviewed by the cookie makers (maximum 25 volunteers)
Cookie Cart, 1119 West Broadway, Minneapolis MN
Cookie Cart fosters living skills, leadership, and employment skills through a small business for youth to make and sell cookies! The activity is to work alongside employees (15-17 years old). Scoop dough, make boxes, empty trays. At noon the employees interview the volunteers to get practice in selling their product.

      #SJ04 Merrick Community Services: perform chores for seniors or families, work in food shelf, or possible youth program (maximum 8 volunteers)
Merrick Community Services, 965 Payne Avenue, Suite 300, St. Paul MN
Serves 16,000 people a year in St. Paul's East Side providing food shelf, senior, employment and family and youth services in aiding individuals and families in transitioning from poverty to independence. The activity is in St. Paul with specific site dependent upon the project. This may include some chore services for seniors, families, work in food shelf, or possible youth program. 

     #SJ05 Minneapolis Crisis Nursery: make and serve lunch for at-risk toddlers (maximum 6 volunteers)
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, 4544 4th Ave. S., Minneapolis MN
A nursery for at-risk toddlers. The activity is to make and serve lunch at 12:30pm. Bring groceries which the Gathering will provide. The agency has a video of its work with those 1 to 3 years old.

     #SJ06 The Neighborhood House: re-bag items for food and household distribution (maximum 14 volunteers)
The Neighborhood House (connected to the Wellstone Center), 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul, MN
The Neighborhood House is a settlement house established in 1897, now connected to the Wellstone Center. This is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural organization serving people to end the cycle of poverty by providing food shelf, pre-school, youth and adult education and leadership programs. The activity is to re-bag items for food and household distribution that will take about 2 hours, and then a tour and orientation on Wellstone Center services and programs.

     #SJ07 Peace House: bring your musical instrument to play with Peace House musicians (maximum 3 volunteers)
Peace House, 1816 Portland Av S, Minneapolis MN
Peace House is a mid-day drop-in center for those experiencing homelessness or spending a lot of time on the street. The activity is for you to bring your own instrument (such as keyboard, guitar, or voice) to play with Peace House's two pianists and maybe two guitarists. Jam for an hour and if wanting to play for the whole community, maybe lead a sing-along song. Have meditation and lunch with the community.

     #SJ08 Peace House: conversation with our Spanish community (maximum 6 volunteers)
Peace House, 1816 Portland Av S, Minneapolis MN
Peace House is a mid-day drop-in center for those experiencing homelessness or spending a lot of time on the street. If you have a good facility in Spanish, the activity is to visit with our Spanish community, share meditation and a meal.

     #SJ09 Peace House: basketball in the park (maximum 5 volunteers)
Peace House, 1816 Portland Av S, Minneapolis MN
Peace House is a mid-day drop-in center for those experiencing homelessness or spending a lot of time on the street. The activity is to take a group to the park and play not-too-competitive basketball. Share meditation and a meal.

     #SJ10 Project for Pride in Living: build raised garden beds or install rain gardens (maximum 8 volunteers)
Project for Pride in Living (PPL), [specific site to be determined later], Minneapolis MN
PPL is dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services: housing, employment training, support service and education. The activity is to build raised garden beds or install rain gardens in PPL's green housing initiative in North Minneapolis.

     #SJ11 Second Harvest: pack food parcels, repack large donations (maximum 30 volunteers)
Second Harvest, 6325 Sandburg Rd., Golden Valley MN
Second Harvest receives donated food from many sources and distributes it to those who need it. The activity is to pack food parcels, and repack large donations, to be distributed to 500 locations around Minnesota such as food shelves etc.

     #SJ12 St. Stephen's Human Services: Half a Day in the Life (maximum 16 volunteers)
St. Stephen's Human Services, 2319 Nicollet Avenue S, Minneapolis MN
SSHS (originally founded and still supported by Spirit of St. Stephen's Catholic Community) has 130 employees working to end homelessness. The activity "Half a Day in the Life" is to engage with and be educated by people who have experienced homelessness and extreme poverty by taking a walk to shelters, drop-in centers, and other services to learn about them. Participants will hear personal life-stories, as well as how larger systemic issues such as racism and economic oppression impact people. Participants will reflect the day's events for a deeper understanding of issues of homelessness and why and how they occur, with ways in which they may become more engaged in working to end homelessness. You may encounter viewpoints or situations that are challenging or discomforting. Not all views will reflect the philosophy or practices of St. Stephen's Human Services, but are nonetheless an important part of the A Day in the Life experience. We ask that all participants attend with an inquisitive mind and open heart. [This activity will most likely end later in the afternoon, but in time for you to attend dinner.]

     #SJ13 Women's Advocates, Inc.: bag food/household items, and tour facility and education on needs of battered women/families (maximum 6 volunteers)
Women's Advocates, Inc. 588 Grand Avenue, St. Paul MN
This was the first shelter in the nation for battered women and their children, established in 1974. Provides safe shelter, personalized support, education and aftercare services to over 1,000 battered women and children per year. The activity would not include direct contact with residents or children. You will bag and prepare food/household items for clients, and tour the facility and learn about the needs of battered women/families.

2:15pm-3:30pm (approximately) Transportation (cars, buses) [meet at the Registration Area in Pearson Commons]

3:30pm (approximately)  Arrival at Concordia


Friday June 26 Gathering Day 1

3:00pm-7:00pm Registration Open [Pearson Commons]

3:00pm-7:00pm Commercial Exhibits [Buenger Education Center]

4:00pm-6:00pm Information Tables [Library Technology Center, room 216]

5:30pm-6:30pm Light Supper [dining room/cafeteria]

6:30pm-7:00pm Opening Welcome and Blessing [Buetow Music Center auditorium]

7:00pm-8:30pm Opening Plenary Session - Jamie L. Manson: “You Give them Something to Eat”: Living the Prophetic Call to be Eucharist for One Another [Buetow Music Center auditorium]
Pope Francis has captivated the world with his humility, passion for the poor, and desire to be among the people. But in some ways, the popularity of the pope has distracted us from the vital conversation about the empowerment of the laity. In this opening address, Jamie Manson will highlight how the gospel narratives and the Catholic theological tradition support the practice of Intentional Eucharist Communities. She will explore the ways in which the Catholic understanding of the sacred and the fundamental belief that "God is everywhere" should empower us as laypeople to be a sacramental presence to all people and all of creation.

8:30pm-10:00pm Welcome Reception [dining room/cafeteria]

Saturday June 27 Gathering Day 2

7:00am-9:00am Coffee [dining room/cafeteria]

7:00am-1:30pm Registration Open [Pearson Commons]

7:00am-7:00pm Commercial Exhibits [Buenger Education Center]

8:00am-6:00pm Information Tables [Library Technology Center, room 216]

8:00am-7:00pm Faith Stories (click here to learn more and sign up for a slot) [Meyer Hall, room TBD]

7:30am-8:30am Centering Prayer, or Laughter Yoga , or Music Prayer 

Centering Prayer: Cathy Edwards [room LTC 219]
Start the Day...Quietly.   Centering Prayer is the opening of mind and heart—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. It is the prayer of silence.
"It is a question of allowing our ordinary thoughts to recede into the background and to float along the river of consciousness without our noticing them . . . We are like someone sitting on the bank of a river and watching the boats go by.. . . the capacity to disregard thoughts as they go by will develop, and a deeper kind of attention will emerge." ~Fr. Thomas Keating OCSO, Open Mind, Open Heart

Laughter Yoga: Sarah Routman [band room]
Let Your Laughter Take Wings!  In this special Prayer-ful Laughter session, Sarah will help us jump-start our day with meaningful laughter-filled prayer.  We laugh for the health of it. No prescription necessary! Participants will hear about the practice of Laughter Yoga interspersed with laughter exercises.  We’ll begin with ‘smile push-ups’ and end with a special laughter meditation. The laughter exercises have been created specifically for the IEC Gathering.  Guaranteed to energize the group and add a giggle to the day! Laughter really is a prayer.  Note: No yoga mat or special clothes required.  Please, come as you are.

Music as Prayer: Sara Thomsen [room MH 318]

7:30-8:45am Breakfast - “Speed Dating” tables for each IEC community [dining room/cafeteria]
Several of the breakfast tables will be identified for a particular IEC community with a representative from that community present. Sit down with any IEC that interests you to ‘meet and greet’ to talk about how other communities work. The representatives will make a 3-5 minute presentation, then facilitate 10-12 minute of discussion. Every 15 minutes, a moderator at the front of the room will announce it's time to move, so you can change tables every 15 minutes.

9:00am -10:30am Breakout Sessions 1*

#1A The Words We Say: We Say What We Mean [room LTC 213]
How do we express our faith and proclaim scripture with authenticity and openness to diversity. Learn about the traditional structure of prayers, the use of spontaneous prayer, the importance of inclusive language, inclusive participation, finding and writing prayers and canons for liturgies.
[Liturgy] Dolly Pomerleau, Maureen Fiedler

#1B IECs: Why Stay Affiliated With a Global Church? [room LTC 218-219]
Jim Moudry will present the relation between spirituality, religion, and an institutional sacramental church.  The vision is one of unity in relational diversity.  Jim, Mary Beth, and Roy will discuss with the participants this vision of church and strategies for reform.  Catholic Coalition for Church Reform/Council of the Baptized, a Minnesota non-profit, working in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, is a growing community of Catholics committed to institutional reform within the universal Roman Catholic Church. Materials on how CCCR/Council of the Baptized has worked at reform in this archdiocese will be available.
[Organization, Theology] Roy Bourgeois, Jim Moudry, Mary Beth Stein

#1C Collective Voices: Sung Prayer at Liturgy [room LTC 217]
Thanks to Vatican II, musical liturgy is normative, an equal partner in the prayer of the Body of Christ.  But what if your faith community is small or seems to lack talent or wants to sing but does not know how to begin?  This session will share ideas, best practices, resources and more than a few songs to help your community answer questions of where, why, and how to incorporate music into your prayer.
[Liturgy] Sara Thomsen, Marilaurice Hemlock

#1E We are Many People: Nurturing Diversity and Fostering Everyone’s Gifts [band room]
Many IECs have grown up to make community in circumstances that did not fit easily into a local parish model.  Nurturing different gifts more fully has provided energy for forming and continuing these communities.  To what extent do communities need to be homogenous in order to work, or can the joy of Christ be contagious with diversity?  What experiences can be shared among these communities and with the wider Church about recognizing what feels like exclusion and welcoming a diversity of people into communities that better nourish their many different gifts?"
[Liturgy, Organization] Chris Egbulem, Jane Via , Jeannine Gramick, Hillary Howes, Michael Tegeder, Spiritus Christi Church (invited)

#1F Who Writes the Check? Business Models for an Accountable IEC [room MH 315]
We have a responsibility to our communities and our government to operate efficiently and openly. Come learn about ways to organize legally as church or non-profit, manage finances, insurance, taxes, and space. We will have lots of sample handouts.
[Organization] Henry Bromelkamp, Jim Fifield, Communitas (invited), John Mooney, Spiritus Christi Church (invited)
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#1G Two Visions: Research Reveals the Political realities of a Changing Church [room MH 321]
In his 1991 book Culture Wars, James Davison Hunter wrote about the two distinct visions of the good society, one grounded in strict orthodoxy based on an inerrant bible which contains all the rules needed to achieve a heavenly reward; the second vision derives more from the enlightenment and a faith and reason approach to life; scientific research is appreciated, and truth is sought out, not all repackaged. Explore how his visions are now found not only in our politics but also in the Roman Catholic Church, with what implications.
[Organization] William D’Antonio

#1H Communities Outside the Hierarchy: Exodus to the Promised Land? [room LTC 214-215]
Some IECs aren't or don't consider themselves part of the formal structure of the Roman Catholic Church. Some were formed independently, others went through some type of separation and journey to their current status. Come hear from a panel of people who will share their story and answer questions about the feelings and meaning, not only the facts, of their IEC's independence.
[Organization] Charles Clark, Ed Flahavan, Jeffrey Ford, Julie Powell-Mohr

10:30am-11:00am Break (on your own)

11:00am-12:30pm: Saturday Plenary Session: Roger Haight: Meals With Jesus Along the Way: A Theological Spirituality for IECs [Buetow Music Center auditorium]
This talk begins with the story of the emergence of the Eucharist as a ritual meal. It describes what went on during it. It then suggests that Eucharistic celebration today should reconnect with the earliest disciples and points out various ways in which what we do today is analogous to the original Christian communities on the way.
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12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch: Sandwich Tables [dining room/cafeteria]

Saturday 1:30pm-3:00pm Breakout Sessions 2*

#2A Breaking Open the Word: Two Experiences Living the Gospel – the Preacher’s Voice [room LTC 218-219]
Preachers are called forth by their faith communities. Based on the impact of that call on liturgical preachers, Patricia and Fred Baumer will discuss fundamental principles for those called to preach on human life through the Scriptural lens. Maureen Fiedler will offer another way of breaking open the Word through a guided discussion or dialogue in which the Spirit may or may not surprise you. Both models can enrich our worship and our journey.
[Liturgy] Fred and Patricia Baumer; Maureen Fiedler
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#2B Songs for Celebrating the Liturgy of Life [room MH 318]
An interactive session where participants will join in singing songs written by Miriam Therese Winter and will hear some of the stories behind them.
[Liturgy] Miriam Therese Winter

#2C Tasting the Reign of God: The Meal Ministry of Jesus [room LTC 214-215]
Learn about the first Eucharist and practice of it in early church. Explore meal customs in the first century, asking who ate what with whom; when and how they did so and what it meant to them; examine the meals associated with Jesus, posing the same questions. Jesus' meal ministry founds and critiques contemporary Christian worship. Sharing the Lord's Table at Eucharist exemplifies and challenges Christian life.
[Theology] Fr. Jan Michael Joncas

#2D Where’s the bread? Let’s set the Table [room LTC 213]
For powerful prayer, we need to have everything in its place. Come hear and talk with a panel about ideas and best practices on how to organize setup, worship aids, bulletins, linens, vessels, bread, stewardship, sound, lighting environment, and space.
[Liturgy, Organization] Maureen Mancuso, Gloria Mog, Jane Via, Mary Antonia Wilmes

#2E Go Forth, Feed My Sheep: From Food Shelves to the White House [band room] 
Look at social justice two ways, restorative and distributive. What does “Love your neighbor” really look like? Discuss the pros, cons, and ‘how to’ of political activism and learn why an IEC can tackle problems that regular parishes might not.
[Theology] Jamie L. Manson, Sara Spengeman, Pat Schaffer, John Veldhuis

#2F Young Souls, Young Hearts, Young Minds: Children’s Education [room LTC 217]
What is it that small communities transmit to their children, and to the broader Church and to society?  Come dialogue with a panel that includes young people who have grown up in small communities as well as community members familiar with programs directed toward the education and initiation of younger members.  The panel's reflection will include how worship and service environments have helped shaped the growth and experience of the younger members of the community.
[Organization] Clyde Christofferson, Chris Egbulem, Henry Egbulem, Erica Sherwood, Sharon Powell

#2G A Song is Somewhere to Begin [room MH 321]
Come join in singing simple and compelling songs from around the world, songs of justice and peace, songs of hope and longing, songs of ritual and celebration. Singing opens the heart, re-enchants the spirit, deepens prayer. Come reclaim the joy of singing as a human birthright. No previous singing or music reading experience required. Whether you are a music leader, or a music lover, come plant a new song in your heart. Songs sung with intention, like seeds planted with care, can take root in an individual or community and flower into unexpected fruits: simple joy, healing balm, increased sensitivity, awe and wonder, a re-enchanted and revitalized spirit, a grounding and centeredness, a deepening of compassion.
[Liturgy] Sara Thomsen

#2H Women in Liturgy and Ritual [room MH 315]
Women have played a unique role in liturgy in our IECs and in small faith groups of women. Learn about both models - where women are fully integrated into liturgy and where the liturgy is led by and for women. It’s more than just doing what the guys did.
[Liturgy] Diann Neu

3:00pm-3:30pm Break (on your own)

Saturday 3:30pm-5:00pm Breakout Sessions 3*

#3A Primacy of Conscience, IEC Perspective [band room] 
We know, we really know what is what, what is right and what isn’t. So then, what to do and how to do it? We will identify everyday conscience calls, learn to recognize them, and discuss how to listen to our consciences, and hear what they are telling us.
[Theology] Roy Bourgeois, Dolly Pomerleau

#3B Transition: Building Bridges to a Better Church [room LTC 214-215]
Pope Francis may be bridge builder ("pontifex") in chief these days, and for that we should be grateful.  But building bridges that reach out in the service of Christ to people not adequately served by the Church has been a challenge for a long time and continues to be a challenge.  To what extent are IECs on the boundaries, building bridges on behalf of the Church or demonstrating the need for the institutional Church to build bridges?  Come hear Sr. Jeannine Gramick talk with canon lawyer Jim Coriden about the possibilities and limits of building bridges to a better Church."
[Theology] Jim Coriden, Sr. Jeannine Gramick

#3C Celebrating Together: Sacraments, Funerals, and Feasts, Oh My! [room LTC 213]
Special times and events in the lives of community members offer a unique opportunity to honor and celebrate the sacred journey we are on together.
Representatives from three IEC communities (NOVA, Spirit of St. Stephen’s, and Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community) will share their experiences with planning and executing distinctive liturgies, blessings, receptions, etc. for a variety of important life events. 
[Liturgy] Mona Gude, Gloria Mog, Marilaurice Hemlock
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#3D Nuts and Bolts of Making It Work: Models, Decision Making, and Governance of IECs [room MH 318]
IECs come in various shapes and sizes. This session will explore different IEC models, how group decisions are made, the way various IECs operate and are governed, and perspectives on how being "intentional" fits into all of this.
[Organization] Steve Gude, Trudy Conrad, John Mooney, Maureen Mancuso
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#3E “Gathering” vs “Being Sent”: Living the Gospel, Stages of IEC Development [room MH 321]
Rev. Dr. Bernard Lee has long reminded us that it is not enough to gather, that is, for example, at Mass regularly. If we only gather, and that is all we do for the next six plus days, we are not living the Gospel. Pope Francis has been striving to help us see more clearly the need to be sent, and the multiple ways in which and by which we can be sent.
[Theology] Bill D’Antonio

#3F Twenty-first Century Parchment: Technology That Binds Us [room MH 315]
We are the church and we live in modern times. Just as we use technology to communicate, pay, share, and research in our families and workplace, we can use the same tools for our faith communities.  Come learn and share about web sites, social media, advertising, email groups, voicemail, online meetings (even liturgy), e-contributions, and other ways that we gather two or more.
[Organization] Henry Bromelkamp, Ken Chaison (invited), Martha Turner
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#3G The Future of IECs [room LTC 218-219]
Where are we now? Where are we going?
After many, many years with many different IECs, patterns have emerged and complexities have been simplified. Hear about the paths taken and discuss the path of your IEC with others.
[Organization, Theology] Ted Keating

#3H Actualizing the Francis Revolution In IECs: How to Activate and Mobilize an IEC [room LTC 217]
The session will focus on the tools advocated by Francis: dialogue and "walking with" those who are 'other'. Learn how those elements are foundational to building true community. Francis is inspiring us not to defer, not to wait, but to act to share this Good News.
[Theology, Organization] Janet Hauter

5:00pm-5:30pm Break (on your own)

5:30pm-7:30pm Supper: tables by topic, with facilitators beginning 6:00pm [dining room/cafeteria]

7:30pm-10:00pm Hangout [room LTC 218]

                         Sing along with Sara Thomsen [band room]

8:00pm-9:30pm Film "Romero" [room LTC 214]


Dignity-Twin Cities invites you to a wine/cheese reception for LGBTQ and allied friends:
Saturday, June 27, 7:30pm at the home of Jeanne and David Cornish. (821 Fairmount Ave St Paul) 
Need transportation? Call Art at 651-278-6630 to make arrangements for a ride from Concordia. 


Sunday June 28 Gathering Day 3

7:30am-8:30am Centering Prayer: Cathy Edwards [room LTC 219]

7:45am-9:00am Breakfast - tables by topic [dining room/cafeteria]

9:15am-10:45am Closing Plenary Session - Miriam Therese Winter: Resurrecting Jesus: eucharist with a small “e” [Buetow Music Center auditorium]
Let’s do what Jesus did. Celebrate the liturgy of life. Unleash the transformative power of eucharist with a small “e.” Proclaim the good and liberating news that through the spirit of the living God, we are all one.

10:45am-11:00am Break 

11:00am-12:30pm Closing Liturgy: Collective Voices  [Buetow Music Center auditorium]

12:30pm Adjourn


*Breakout sessions are located in the Library Technology Center (LTC) and Meyer Hall (MH)