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CCA Holds 46th Annual Gathering

Over 80 members of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia met for the organization’s 46th annual gathering, September 9-11, 2016 at Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center in Ravenna, Kentucky. This year’s theme was “Still Uneven: Hope Rises with the Telling” and … Continue reading

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Review: Catherine Bush’s “Though the Mountains May Fall”

Though the Mountains May Fall By Catherine Bush Reviewed by Jaculyn Hanrahan, CND Appalachian Faith & Ecology Center Our increasingly beloved The Telling Takes Us Home: Taking Our Place in the Stories that Shape Us now has another voice among the emerging stories … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: “Show Mercy for Our Common Home”

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia’s People’s Pastoral, “The Telling Takes Us Home,” reads: [W]e urge a politics that serves people and Earth, not corporations. In the spirit of Pope Francis, we are calling for a politics of what we might … Continue reading

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People’s Pastoral Discussion Guide Now Available

Our tradition of Appalachian pastoral letters is about far more than simply the promulgation of more church documents. We believe our three pastoral letters—”This Land is Home to Me” (1975), “At Home in the Web of Life” (1995), and “The … Continue reading

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Play Inspired by the People’s Pastoral Debuts This Sunday in Abingdon, VA

When the People’s Pastoral was first conceived, CCA members envisioned that the pastoral’s message would find expression beyond a single document. We imagined that the pastoral’s voices could potentially be lifted up in a variety of other ways, including poetry, visual … Continue reading

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Prophetic Words from Our Bishop Liaison

CCA is pleased to highlight two pieces of recent writing from our Bishop Liaison, John Stowe, OFM, Conv., Bishop of Lexington, Kentucky. Writing in the Lexington Herald-Leader at the end of July, Stowe criticized Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s proposed changes to the … Continue reading

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Gospel Reflection: The Spirit and Conflict in Appalachia

Our friend Jean Denton has written a reflection on this Sunday’s readings for Catholic News Service that places CCA’s prophetic mission alongside Jesus’ words from the Gospel: “Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, … Continue reading

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NETWORK Lobby Praises People’s Pastoral

The Telling Takes Us Home: Taking Our Place in the Stories that Shape Us, CCA’s 2015 “People’s Pastoral,” is featured in the new issue of NETWORK Connection, the quarterly publication of NETWORK Lobby and Nuns on the Bus. In particular, NETWORK … Continue reading

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Alyssa Pasternak-Post on WV Flooding and Beauty

CCA member Alyssa Pasternak-Post has written a powerful reflection titled “On Floods and Beauty: A Gospel Reflection Two Weeks after the West Virginia Floods” for the blog Women in Theology. An excerpt: In today’s global society, with mounting evidence that human … Continue reading

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Recent Coverage of the People’s Pastoral

We are pleased that the word is getting out about our new People’s Pastoral, “The Telling Takes Us Home: Taking Our Place in the Stories That Shape Us.” Two great pieces have appeared so far this summer: our friend Barry Hudock’s article … Continue reading

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