Thursday, July 19, 2007

Honoring Brian McNeill

As I noted in a previous post, this year’s recipient of CPCSM’s Bishop Gumbleton Peace and Justice Award was unable to attend our recent Annual Community Meeting so as to be notified of and receive his award.

Last Friday, however, members of CPCSM surprised him with his award at the conclusion of the local Dignity Mass. Yes, the recipient of the 2007 Bishop Gumbleton Peace and Justice Award is none other than Dignity/ Twin Cities president and Rainbow Sash Alliance USA coordinator Brian McNeill!

Above: Brian McNeill stands with his award and with Jeanne Cornish
and Rev. Robert Caruso of Cornerstone Old Catholic Church
- Minneapolis, Friday, July 13, 2007.

Here’s the wording of Brian’s award:

Through your tireless commitment to the marginalized and your willingness to serve so fully and faithfully as a called and committed theologian, prophet, minister, and friend, you have enriched the local church in powerful and liberating ways that strengthen all of efforts in working for the full civil and ecclesial rights of all GLBT persons and for greater justice and peace in our world. In particular, we honor your leadership and prophetic witness within Dignity Twin Cities and the Rainbow Sash Alliance USA.

With our deepest respect, friendship, and gratitude for outstanding religious and spiritual leadership on behalf of GLBT persons, families, and faith communities – presented by the Board of Directors of the Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities at their Annual Meeting, June 28, 2007.

Above: Back row from left: Michael Bayly (CPCSM executive director),
Jim Larson, Paul Fleege (CPCSM treasurer) Brian McNeill,
and Pat & Jenny Downey.
Sitting in front is Jeanne Cornish and
Pat’s sister Theresa Downey from Louisiana.

Images: David McCaffrey (CPCSM co-founder and communications coordinator).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
To Whom the Future of the Catholic Church Belongs
Out and About – June 2007
“Take, All of You, and Eat”: Communion and the Rainbow Sash
My Rainbow Sash Experience

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