I attended this conference specifically to hear Fr. O'Murchu along with Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker. I was not disappointed. How exciting and hopeful to hear speakers who, while grounded in faith, can speak outside the patriarchal box and challenge us to consider the possibilities of a renewed theological perspective that integrates faith, science, feminism, et al.
That annual conference and NCR provide for me a sign of hope in the diocese I serve, which is currently infested with Latin Masses, gold-trimmed vestments, incessant incense and bells. In short, a looking to the rear for comfort in that time before Vatican II when all was under control, rather than embracing the chaotic future that our children and grandchildren will inhabit.
Congratulations on these first 40 years of your publication--and echoing Sr. Joan Chittister's challenge, please "don't lose your nerve"!
(Deacon) ED STIERITZ
Fort Thomas, Ky.
What an exquisite Christmas present, those vital, inspirational words of Deborah Halter in her article in the Spirituality supplement, "After talking about God, learning to talk to God." They are essential words for the church to live by--yes, including you and me. Thank you, Ms. Halter and NCR, for this gift of God.