AUSTIN, Texas — It’s a Sunday afternoon at the Opal Divine’s in South Austin, and the Rev. Steve Kinney is about to convene a meeting of spiritually minded souls in what Carrie Nation would have called a den of iniquity.
Kinney, an Episcopal priest at All Saints in Central Austin, has held monthly meetings — typically the third Sunday of each month — of what some followers informally call “pub church” at Opal Divine’s. There’s music, but not from an organ and a choir. Bread and wine are offered, but it’s not a Eucharist in the formal sense. There’s no kneeling, but there’s food and beer and cocktails for those inclined to partake of spirits to get into the spirit of things.
The Rev. Lillie Mae Henley has been selected as Bradford Community Church Unitarian Universalist’s new interim minister. She begins her ministry on Tuesday and will serve for a two-year period.
Henley graduated from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1998 and served as a minister in Washington, D.C., as well as in Fort Worth in her native state of Texas. She also completed three interim assignments in Stafford, Texas; Toledo, Ohio, and Winston-Salem, N.C.
When Jim Black leads people on a robust walk three times a week on the grounds of the 120-acre Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., he’s got powerful company: God.
The several dozen people who join him have shown up with the same hopes that anyone brings to an exercise plan: They mean to lose weight, ditch inhalers, get stronger.
Church name: Salem United Methodist Church
Anna Nuzzo began singing in the fourth grade as a student at St. Mary’s Catholic School in a band named “Anaweim,” which means little people in the Old Testament.
The pastoral music director, Theresa Setter, pulled Nuzzo and a few other children aside one day, mentored them and put them in the group so they could sing at Mass.
The celebration of the Corpus Christi will be held June 21 at St. James Catholic Church with a procession and a parish reunion.
Archdiocese of Milwaukee Bishop Donald Hying will be the celebrant at the 4:30 p.m. celebration of the Eucharist (Mass) and outside procession, weather permitting.
APPLETON — If a young soul wanders, Mother Mary Catherine has dedicated her to life to shepherding it back on the path to heaven.
She is trying to save souls as the founder and mother superior of a newly formed community of Roman Catholic religious women within the Diocese of Green Bay. They’re called the Missionaries of the Word and their focus is to bring the Gospel to teens and young adults, which can be a volatile age for faith.
Pentecost is the celebration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles, often referred to as the birthday of the Catholic Church.
On Pentecost weekend, June 6-8, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki is calling for a “new Pentecost” with Synod 2014, a time to deliberate and prayerfully discern the priorities of the Catholic Church in southeastern Wisconsin for the next decade and beyond.
Church name: Salvation Army
Location: 3116 75th St.