Queering the Church
The time has come to further expand what I'm doing into new areas, but for that I need help with funding.
My initial appeal was for a target of £800, to buy a new laptop, and to cover travel expenses to Rome, for the foundation conference of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, which will be held in Rome to coincide with the opening of the Bishops' Synod on Marriage and Family. The response was immediate and generous, with strong expressions of support for the value of my work.
I have therefore increased my target to £1500, to help me to develop those new projects. For a more complete account of my activities, my faith journey, and my plans, see my "About Terence Weldon " page at Queering the Church.
Can you help?
I am deeply grateful for all your support thus far - but I do need still more, to continue as I plan to do.
Since meeting my initial target, I've been able to acquire the much needed computer, and am about to make travel bookings for the foundation meeting of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics - the two issues that above all, led me to make the initial request.
My new energy has also enabled the following:
On taking on the task of editing this,, I was assured that for the first year, we could accept just two issues, instead of the usual three. In practice, the present editor will complete the first of these, leaving my minimal responsibility as just one. In fact, I have already been able to sketch out the theme and basic content for TWO further editions.
Global Network of Rainbow Catholics:
I've already done some useful work on the new website, and can now set up Skype for further discussions on what to do next.
Queering the Church:
At my own primary site, I have a new, clearer vision of what I am attempting to achieve, and how to do it.
The first, really important project, is one to present a short series of posts on precisely why (and how) Catholic teaching on LGBT issues must and will necessarily change.
The second project, which will take longer, is that I've finally sorted out in my mind how to balance, technically, the three parallel threads of my LGBT Catholic (and other Christian) concerns:
*Enduring, useful resource material
*Commentary on important news stories
*Simple reporting on those news stories.
I'm inspired and invigorated - but all of this will take time, of which I have limited resources.
Can you help me to create more time, by relieving me of the need for some of my present part- time paid employment?
The bad news, is that encouraged by your generosity an words of encouragement, I'm about to move the goalposts, and up the target. To explain and attempt to justify this outrageous cheek, I'll publish some more at Queering the Church, just as soon as I get home.