Three Alarm Alert!
Do you hear it? Are you in shock that Pope Francis is calling out to YOU! In quote after quote, Francis is calling the grassroots to partner with him in managing the change on the horizon.
“...I want a mess in the dioceses! I want people to go out! I want the Church to go out to the street! I want us to defend ourselves against everything that is worldliness, that is installation, that is comfortableness, that is clericalism, that is being shut-in on ourselves. The parishes, the schools, the institutions, exist to go out! “ (Pope Francis in Rio Youth Day)
Red Alert #1: Make your voice heard!
ACC took the fore in announcing an analyzed direction for the future of the Church based on a study of Pope Francis’ behavior and demonstrated values. We see incredible power in the committed Faithful who are at varied levels of readiness for change. Toward that end, we re-launched our Listening Assemblies
with a twist: gaining data from participants and sending it to the Vatican and our European friends planning Council 50 in Rome in October, 2015. This Pope believes in dialogue and wants to hear from us!
Red Alert #2: Invest in ACC!
We ask all of you, our supporters and friends, to “invest in us”! Since we operate on a ‘shoestring’, a contribution of $10 (or more) from each of you will go a long way toward making it possible for us to continue to prepare the Baptized for the change that is coming. Even better – sign up to be a regular investor so we know we have a steady support base.
Red Alert #3: Develop your skills!
We believe people are called to respond to the Gospel, not hierarchical imperatives. We believe that governance rests in our Baptism not in ordination. Francis is offering us a dream much like that of Martin Luther, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Each called us to personal transformation, to believe in a future that was inconceivable at the time. Francis is living his faith and is calling us to do the same. In response to this we have developed our incredibly exciting and momentum building Leadership Development Weekends across the country.
Watch the innovations happening globally! The ground is percolating with excitement, with positive ambivalence—something big is coming! Ambiguity often signals an innovative environment ripe for change.
Cautious global enthusiasm for this Pontificate is high but some are counting on Francis doing it all. They wait. They watch. That’s not us! We are getting the on-the-ground team ready to support the reform Francis is pointing to. Are you ready to respond to the three-alarm alert? If you support our direction and initiatives, please consider investing in us!
With renewed hope,
Janet Hauter, National Chair, ACC