|Scenes from a Parish
Foreword by Fr. Allan F. Deck, S.J.
One of my favorite definitions of spirituality is “a loving look at the real.” James Rutenbeck’s Scenes from a Parish is a standing invitation to look lovingly at one of the most characteristic realities of today’s parish—growing diversity driven by dramatic demographic shifts. How will Catholic communities respond to this shift in the cultural and social class make-up of the parish? More
|A welcome message from Bishop Soto
|Welcome Message from Fr. Allan F. Deck, S.J.
“Fear cannot coexist with the love God calls us to have for our neighbors.” “The opportunity is to discover the many riches that have always been present but unknown to many of us.”
|Encountering one another
“When we encourage people to engage in conversations to share each other’s stories and ideas we open new doorways to even greater communication and we begin to understand their realities, appreciate their perspectives and recognize the innate value that heritage and cultural differences and commonalities can bring to the experience of community.”
|Mission & Transformation
“You have to offer people the opportunity to take part in the mission in the Church which is to proclaim God in the community, the whole community, not just those who are baptized Catholic, this is an ecumenical project, It’s a project that’s supposed to bless the whole community, we’re supposed to give everyone hope. “