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There is a movement afoot in the larger Church to hold meetings called Lay Convocations (sometimes also called Lay Synods). Each is a major meeting of the faithful in a region of the country, called by lay persons primarily for lay persons; and the purpose of each is give voice to the opinions of the laity and to spur them into action to improve the larger Church. Become more active in church reform by consulting this index frequently and participating in the activities referenced here and in documents to which there are links in this index.

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Lay Convocation in southern California

March 29, 2008, at the St. Joseph Center in Orange County, California

Click here for an article in the News page on this website (including how to register for the event) and click here to go to the event's own website for still more information.

Lay Convocation in northern California

June 2007, in San Francisco

National Catholic Reporter (NCR) article on the Lay Convocation in San Francisco (which was attended and supported by the Archbishop of San Francisco), plus a summary of some rights/duties of lay persons.

NCR Editorial on Lay Convocations

August 31, 2007

Supportive and educational editorial in the NCR on the Lay Convocation movement.

Liberal Catholicism in pastoral church

August 31, 2007

NCR article on liberal Catholicism enduring in a pastoral church. It includes survival strategies for liberals to use in an increasing evangelical Catholicism.

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