Megan McKenna, a native of New York City has lived, visited and gypsied through North and South America (especially Bolivia/Peru), Europe and a collection of islands: Celtic, Japanese, the Philippines, Singapore, Haiti and the Hawaiian Islands and through Malaysia, India, Marshall Islands, Thailand, Australia and China. She works with Indigenous groups, in base Christian Communities and with justice and peace groups as well as parishes, dioceses and religious communities. She has been on the United States National Board of Pax Christi and in 2002 was appointed an Ambassador of Peace for Pax Christi. To read more about Megan, click here.
Megan’s New Publication
LISTEN HERE! Like the subtitle says is a primer on the art, discipline and spiritual practice of listening. It is about learning to grow in awareness, attentiveness, obedience [what the word listen means] and ever deeper capabilities of hearing, understanding and listening with heart, with soul, with compassion. There are chapters on listening to other religions/their scriptures, in situations of injustice, poverty, violence and differences. And how to begin to listen to music and noise, to the night and dark, to the universe and to one’s own body. It uses stories, scriptures and questions and practices in each chapter to use singularly and in small groups. Come, LISTEN HERE!
NOTE: Megan’s new book, Listen Here, can be purchased directly from Megan at Megan McKenna, The Wayfarer’s Tale, Inc., PO Box 7309, Albuquerque, NM 87194 ($20 each including tax and shipping; minimum order 5 books – please remit payment with order) or at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (See information below!)
2015 DATES: March 12, 2015 (Youth Day) & March 13-15, 2015
Held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California (map)
RE Congress is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world. The four-day event is held at the Anaheim (Calif.) Convention Center and is sponsored by the Los Angeles Office of Religious Education. Begun in 1968 as an “institute” for religious education (CCD) teachers, RECongress has grown to include people of all vocations and different faiths.
Youth Day (March 12, 2015) – Congress opens on Thursday with a day-long event for high school youth. This is an opportunity for students – not only from the Los Angeles Archdiocese but throughout California and the western states – to come together and share in Liturgy, workshops, entertainment and to experience the energy of a Youth Day Rally. See our Youth Day page.
Congress days (March 13-15) – The remaining three-day weekend is open to adults and young adults and offers more than 200 speakers presenting over 300 workshops, in addition to lunchtime entertainment, evening concerts, 16 Liturgies in a variety of characters, the Exhibit Hall and much more.
See Your Way Clear
“See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare: before they spring forth, I tell you of them” (Isaiah 42:9). See! How well do we see – with eyes of hope, the eyes of the Word of the Lord present among us, the eyes of the community, the eyes of the prophets and the holy ones among us? Come, open your eyes and see what God is doing, and what God expects us to do as we turn again and walk with our God and one another to Resurrection.
Look Out! Watch Where You’re Going!
Jesus said, “I came into this world to divide it, to make the sightless see and the seeing blind” (John 9:39). Stark words – which group do we find ourselves in today? Come, read the signs of the times. Come, see where hope, where joy and freedom are right before our eyes. Come, turn and see the Crucified and Risen One in our midst, beckoning us to walk in the freedom of the friends of God.
For more information about the RE Congress, click here.
Catholic Social Practice Webinar Series 2014
Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching
The One Who Truly Healed Me
with Dr. Megan McKenna
Click here to listen to this audio presentation.
Parish Mission at Christ the Redeemer Church, Orion Lake, MI
- Are you Jesus? - March 9, 2014
- “Thirsty for Living Water” (John 4) - March 9, 2014
- “Rejoicing In Your Light” - March 10, 2014
- “That We Might Have Life” (John 11:9) – March 11, 2014
Interview with Megan McKenna from UK
Dr. Megan McKenna is a celebrated theologian and prolific author. She was appointed an Ambassador for Peace for Pax Christi in 2002 and was presented with the Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice in 2012. This conversation with her is amazing and inspirational: To read full interview, click here.
Megan McKenna – Two Recent Publications!
The Tablet (Issue No 190 – September 2013) – the monthly magazine for the Catholics of the Dunedin Diocese of New Zealand. Megan was featured on the cover and also on page 3. Dialogue Australasia Journal (Issue No 30 – November 2013) – is a twice yearly publication committed to improving the academic standards of religion, philosophy, and values education in Australia. To read Megan’s 4-page article, Cast Out Into the Deep! The Art of Daring to Teach Religion, click here.
NEW publications by Megan!
Trade Paperback Price: $14/$16 Canada ISBN: 978-0-385-50854-4 eBook: 978-0-385-7704-3784-4, $9.99 * See review of this book by Remi J. De Roo, Vatican II Council Father, retired (1999) Bishop of Victoria (right column)
Stifling or Releasing the Spirit?
by Megan McKenna
(Huffington Post – February 20, 2013)
Someone once said that reform can come in one of two ways: shifting around within an existing closed system or shifting the processes of the system so that something that is entirely other can emerge. With the resignation of Benedict XVI, the question of reform in the Church is surfacing yet again. The structures of the Church at the Vatican levels are a tight knit and closed system, especially so when it comes to the transfer of power from one pope to the next. However, the process is not based on anything in the founding years (the first 350-400 years) of the Church. It is a construct of history from the fifth-20th centuries, now “up-dated” with John Paul II’s defining of the process to be followed. It is shrouded in secrecy and the outcome is not indicative of the universal Church as it exists today. To put it very bluntly, the group of electors consists of 117 old men who were chosen by two other old men, John Paul II and Benedict XVI, and these old men will elect yet another old man, all clerics.
To read full article, click here.
Trinity of Hope
by Megan McKenna
(Source: U.S. Catholic)
How do I keep faith as a woman in the church? First I remember who the church is—there are more than 1.1 billion Catholics in a world of 6.8 billion. Less than 2 percent of the church works for the church as ordained, professional ministers, from the pope on down to deacons and members of religious orders. For me, they are members of the institutional structure and their primary role is to be servants of the servants of God, though it’s a stretch to actually find many who would fit that description It is the people of God, especially the poor, who give me hope, sustain me, amaze me with their faithfulness in the midst of horrific conditions, usually without any support or affirmation from the structure. It is the people who are excluded in liturgy or Eucharist. It is those struggling to raise families—taking care of their own children, sometimes grandchildren, or grandparents and parents—with limited financial resources or with little or no insurance and how generous they are, sharing and working with others they see who are in even worse circumstances than they find themselves. To read full article, click here.
Megan Receives 2012 Isaac Hecker Award
Since 1974, the Paulist Center Community has presented the Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice to an outstanding North American Catholic. Recipients of the award have included locally and nationally recognized women and men — lay people, sisters, priests, and bishops. Some have been involved in direct service to those in need, others in advocacy work and the transformation of structures and institutions. Many of the recipients have been committed to both these dimensions of social action. Most of them overtly and directly connected their faith and action. All have been committed to building a more just and peaceful world. Isaac Hecker, founder of the Paulist Fathers, was particularly concerned with the growth and development of American Catholicism. Isaac Hecker and the early Paulists devoted themselves to mission preaching, communication of the Word of God. Hecker’s spirituality involved looking to the heart, listening to the Spirit, and living in America. The Award was named to honor Isaac Hecker.
Text of Hecker Award presentation to Megan, click here.
List of past recipients.
Digital Recordings and CDs Now Available!
F. Gerald Martin Pastoral Ministry Conference
Rooted in Our Tradition:
Growing Our Future
The 2011 F. Gerald Martin Pastoral Ministry Conference focused on key issues of importance viewed through the lens of justice. Within this context and for the good of us all, including the Church and the World, we focused on: Women, Sexuality, Culture, Race, City, Power, Medical Advances and more. With wonderfully wise presenters (Megan McKenna, Fr. Tom Lumpkin, Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., Fr. Mark Miller, Jesse Cox, Elena Herrada, and Bishop Thomas Gumbleton) as our guides and gardeners, we took up the challenge and grounded our exploration in our Biblical and Lived traditions. Then, considering the many terrains, obstacles, and pathways, seeds were planted. We grew in mind and heart with a greater understanding of these complex realities and concerns. Together, we probed the soil as we considered how best to sow seeds of justice and tend to the nurturing of hope. Fed with the Word and the Fruit of the earth and vine, we were properly fortified to meet the future with a renewed and deepened sense of purpose rooted in Faith and to go out and be justice in our communities and to share the harvest of our labor. For more information and an order form, click here.
Megan McKenna at Christ The Redeemer Church 3/9/14Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11
Spirituality and Practice is connected to a group of sensitive, wise, and articulate Living Spiritual Teachers, some of whom have graciously contributed reflections for this anniversary observance. Links to Megan’s articles are found below:
Megan McKenna Book
receives 2011 Catholic Press Award
A recent book by Professor Megan McKenna, has just received an award from the Catholic Press. The book, This Will Be Remembered of Her, has been awarded THIRD place in the SPIRITUALITY Category of the 2011 Catholic Press Awards. The Committee said, “Megan McKenna has been a theologian and storyteller in our Christian community for the last 40 years. Here she brings together stories from various traditions and true life stories that promote an inspirational vision of dedication and justice within the Christian church.”
A large number of beautiful new images have been added to Megan’s Gallery and are available in a variety of print sizes. To view and for ordering information, click here .