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05/02/2014

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The next Freethinkers' Briefing will fea- ture Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, who will share an overview of the international women priests' movement and "her journey from obedient nun to leader" in an initia- tive focused on "Gospel equality in inclusive grassroots communities in the United States, South America and Canada," the Freethinkers have announced. Her topic for the free May 2 program will be Roman Catholic Women Priests: A Spiritual Revolution or a Holy Shakeup? It will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 11:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota, located at 3975 Fruitville Road, a news release says. Meehan was born in County Laois, Ireland. She and her parents, Jack and Bridie, and her brothers, Patrick and Sean, immigrated to the United States when she was 8, the release notes. They lived in Arlington, VA. Meehan entered the Immaculate Heart of Mary Order at the age of 18 and left 10 years later, the release adds. Subsequently, she joined the Sisters for Christian Community (SCC), an independent religious order whose focus is "on nurturing spiritual unity and com- munity among all religions," the release says. Meehan worked for 15 years in pastoral min- istry at Ft. Myer Chapel in Arlington, VA, the release continues. Additionally, she has writ- ten 20 books, including The Healing Power of Prayer, A Promise of Presence, Delighting in the Feminine Divine and Living Gospel Equality Now. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Sarasota is located at 3975 Fruitville Road. File photo BISHOP MEEHAN TO PRESENT NEXT FREETHINKERS' BRIEFING RELIGION BRIEFS

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