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To cope at all, humans need a story, a coherent narrative, about where they came from and where they are going. The narrative answers the question "What is the meaning of our being here?"

Genesis provided a creation story for the Jews during their Babylonian captivity. Are we in the midst of a re-formulation of the old story? How do the Christian story and contemporary science make a coherent narrative?

Would you like to book a program on these questions for your parish, your family, or your small faith group?

Call Michael Bayly at 612-201-4534 to book:


Companions on the Journey: An Introduction to Evolutionary Christianity

“Companions on the Journey” serves as an opportunity to learn about, reflect upon, and respond to what has been called “evolutionary Christianity,” an increasingly meaningful way for many of thinking and talking about God in our lives and the world which honors both the findings of science and the enduring wisdom of our Roman Catholic faith tradition.

“Companions on the Journey” is an interactive program that can be readily tailored to the needs of specific audiences. For example, it can be presented as a two-hour workshop, an all-day retreat, or a series of four 1-hour presentations. The program is facilitated by Michael Bayly.

Michael has a Masters in Theology from St. Catherine’s University and a Masters in Theology and the Arts from United Theological Seminary. He is the author of Creating Safe Schools for LGBT Students: A Catholic of Perspective and the editor of the online forum, The Progressive Catholic Voice. Since 2003 he has served as the Executive Coordinator of the Twin Cities-based Catholic Pastoral Committee on Sexual Minorities (CPCSM), which is a founding member organization of the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (CCCR).


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Council of the Baptized Open Forum, March 13, 2018


Join the discussion of our Vatican II orientation with theologian Catherine Michaud, C.S.J. on Tuesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.  It is at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling Avenue in St. Paul. 

Deepening our Vatican II Spirituality

Like many church councils before it, Vatican Council II effected an enormous change in the spiritual identity of Catholics. Still, fifty-six years later, Catholics feel insecure about what the Council has called us to embrace. Questions still nag at us. We are asking, among other things:

  • *How did this enormous change happen?
  • *Why did it happen?
  • *Why, over five decades later, does there seem to be such resistance to this Council? 
  • *What exactly does it mean to be a Vatican II Catholic? What is a Vatican II spirituality?


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