Young, Catholic, and Feminist?
According to a 1992 Gallup poll, 67 percent of all Catholics and 80 percent of Catholics under the age of 35 support the ordination of women. Yet in forming the Common Ground Project last year, even the respected Cardinal Joseph Bernardin was sharply criticized for calling for dialogue on difficult issues facing the Catholic Church, including the role of women in the church.
The Women's Ordination Conference (WOC) is introducing the Young Feminist Network (YFN) to provide an outreach, support, and advocacy network for women and men under the age of 30. It is intended for those who want to work for the equal rights of women in the Catholic Church and for mutually respectful and liberating relationships between men and women in all aspects of church life and society. The YFN hopes to be a forum for discussion, reflection, and action where people can create real dialogue on topics that may make being young and Catholic complicated (see "Grappling With the Tough Questions," by Kimberly Burge, page 10).
To join YFN, or to receive information or assistance with organizing a local network, contact YFN c/o WOC, P.O. Box 2693, Fairfax, VA 22031-0693; (703) 352-1006, ext. 22; e-mail: WOC96@aol.com
Calendars for 1997
If you haven't yet purchased your calendar for 1997, we have our perennial favorites and some new ones to suggest.
The War Resisters League has produced a peace calendar every year since 1956. For 1997, "WomanSpirit Moving Toward Peace and Justice" tells the stories in words and pictures of women around the world working for nonviolent solutions in the midst of war and other inhumanities. Order ($12 each or four for $44) from WRL, 339 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012; (212) 228-0450. Include $2 per calendar for delivery outside the United States. New York state residents also include 8.25 percent sales tax.
Syracuse Cultural Workers offers an annual Peace Calendar along with a full line of greeting cards, blank cards, posters, and other items from their Art With Heart catalog. To order or receive a catalog, contact SCW, P.O. Box 6367, Syracuse, NY 13217; (315) 474-1132. Out of long history of opposing the death penalty, Plough Publishing House of the Bruderhof Communities offers a wall calendar with short reflective pieces written by Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther and a prisoner on death row since 1981. To order for $10, call 1-800-521-8011.
Church World Service 1997 Global Calendar and greeting cards feature illustrations of the lives and work of people from around the world. Calendars are $20 each and a set of 10 greeting cards is $10; prices include shipping. Order from CWS, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515-0968. "Celebrate Children Every Day of 1997," entreats the Children's Defense Fund calendar. It contains 12 great photos of children for $11.95 plus $1 for mailing. Order from CDF, P.O. Box 90500, Washington, DC, 20077-7201; (202) 628-8787. D.C. residents should add 5.75 percent sales tax.
Affordable Housing A Thing of the Past?
"Two decades of rising rents and falling wages have created record numbers of people, including working people, who can't afford to pay the rent....Stable, affordable housing keeps kids in school and adults on the job," according to The New York Times Magazine. And there is the alarming news that the U.S government, as of this year, has reduced the number of new subsidized housing units to zero.
In May 1996, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released its report Out of Reach: Can America Pay the Rent? It analyzes housing affordability in each state and in 404 metropolitan areas. The full report is available for $15 for members and $25 for non-members.
NLIHC also offers three action-oriented Faith In Housing booklets: "Housing in America: Questions for People of Faith"; "The Youngest Among Us: Is Your Prophetic Voice an Effective Voice?"; and "Homelessness in Our Communities: Leading Your Community to Housing Justice." Each set of three booklets is available for $5. Order the Out of Reach report or the booklets from NLIHC, 1012 14th St. NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 662-1530.