The face of St. Therese of
the Child Jesus takes the
place of George Washington
on the front of the new Equal
Justice Reserve Notes issued
by a Roman Catholic group
that is working for equality
for women in the church.
The Quixote Center in
Rainer, Maryland, is asking
Catholics to put the notes in
church collection plates, instead of real dollars, to protest the Vatican's policies on
women and particularly its
recent refusal to grant women
ordination as priests.
The reverse side of the
bills, printed in a soft, money -like green, reads: "To encourage the Church to celebrate gifts and calls of women equally with those of men
in all ministries, I am withholding one dollar from this
collection." The donor is
then asked to fill in her or his
name, and the name of the
cause or group that is getting
the real dollar and to drop
the note into the collection
St. Therese was a nineteenth century Carmelite nun
who, because she could not
become a priest, prayed that
she would die at 24, then the
age of ordination, so that she
could celebrate in heaven "at
the age men could celebrate
the eucharist on earth." She
died at 24.
Groups wishing supplies of
the notes should write to
Maureen Fiedler, RSM, Quixote Center, 3311 Chauncey
Place No. 301, Mt. Rainer.
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By Beverly Hebert
Kum Baya (Come By Here) is the
name for a roped-off space at Seneca Falls
South (West Hall, Convention Center)
where trained volunteers will offer counseling during the IWY Conference.
The Kum Baya idea is designed to
reduce the stress that can prevent individuals on different sides of the issues from
hearing one another. It is being sponsored
by a Houston-area ad hoc committee
whose members are Catholic, Jewish, Protestant and Baha'i.
The Kum Baya project is part of a
double effort the group is making to support the goals of the conference-especially
the goal of providing a forum for discussion of women's issues. The group has also
scheduled a special Interfaith Worship
Service on Sunday.
The Rev. Helen Havens, assistant
rector at St. Francis Episcopal Church,
said, "This committee resulted from a
grassroots movement of religious women
who came' together as individuals rather
than as official representatives of our
churches or congregations. Working together all summer has been exciting for us
and we think the benefits will continue
long after the conference is over. We hope
an ecumenical foundation is being laid."
Committee members said the Kum
Baya concept underscores their belief
that concern for human needs can overcome bitter antagonism. Elizabeth Whitlow, volunteer training coordinator, said
she is attempting to involve women with
different viewpoints to serve as listeners.
"We want to include people such as
the Mormon women who are opposed to
the IWY recommendations and who will
listen from that perspective." She said the
role of the listener is not to criticize or
convert but to be available to those who
need to express their feelings.
Carol Kellerher and Charlene Torres
of the Family Service Center trained volunteers to know how to function as sounding
boards. Professional counselors will also
be on hand to offer assistance with deeper
Rothko Chapel on the University of
St. Thomas campus is the site for the
group's second project—an Interfaith Worship Service. The service will emphasize
that women can transcend their differences
and find strength in sisterhood.
Private buses will take delegates to
the Interfaith Worship Service, to be held
at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday. Havens
will offer communion to those who wish to
receive it after the first service.
The liturgy has five segments expressing what the participants have experienced
together—faith, strength, communication,
unity and affirmation. These elements also
form the basis for a dance that will be performed to music by Aaron Copeland.
Choreographer Joan Karf described the
movements of the dance as lyrical. She said
they convey woman searching within herself—then reaching out to God.
One of the songs being used, Woman
of Faith, was written by Delores Wilken-
feld and Millie Cowen, both members of
Temple Emmanuel. None of the songs or
prayers contain sexist language.
Sister Frances Klinger, coordinator
of the committee, said that one of the first
decisions the group made centered on the
nature of the service. "We decided it would
not be a compilation of diversity—we
wanted to create something from our common beliefs." The overall theme is: I and
You becoming We.
The unity segment of the service will
focus on contemplation of a bird figure—
the symbol of IWY also used by the Baha'i
faith as a unity symbol. Mary Helen Brown
will give an interpretation: "Humanity is
a bird with two wings—one is a woman,
one is a man. The bird can only soar when
each acts in coordination and advances
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