In 2014, Mary was ordained a Roman Catholic Womenpriest. She founded the Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Community in Springfield, IL for folks who love their Catholic faith, but not the man-made institution. All are welcome, and Mary guides them in new ways to pray to God that are nourishing and life-giving.
Intimately connecting with the natural world can rewire our souls and bodies, teach us about the nature of God, and show a new path to liberation for all. Eileen brings her life experiences as a gay woman, a justice advocate, and an ordained UCC pastor to her new ministry of accompanying others to listen, learn, and heal in the wild.
Critically examining our beliefs or questioning the actions of the church doesn’t mean moving totally away from our faith. Kate is open and vulnerable about how her beliefs have shifted to include affirming love for all people. Although her journey has been challenging and sometimes lonely, she still identifies as a Christian because the story of Jesus never fails to capture her heart and imagination.