An Inclusive, Welcoming Faith Community in Santa Barbara

Progressive Catholics may find these sites to be of interest. They are grouped under various headings:


  • The Ordination of Women and Married Priests;
  • Structural Reforms in the Catholic Church;
  • Social Policy and Social Justice;
  • Catholic Intentional Eucharistic Communities; and
  • Santa Barbara Area Sites.


Sites Supporting the Ordination of Women and Married Priests


Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP). The mission of Roman Catholic Womenpriests is to primarily spiritually prepare, ordain, and support women from all states of life, who are theologically qualified, who are committed to an inclusive model of Church, and who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to minister within the Roman Catholic Church.

Women's Ordination Conference  The Women's Ordination Conference (WOC) is the world's oldest and largest organization working solely for the ordination of women as priests, deacons, and bishops into an inclusive and accountable Catholic Church.

Women's Ordination Worldwide   Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) is an ecumenical network of national and international groups whose primary mission at this time is the admission of Roman Catholic women to all ordained ministries.

CORPUS website CORPUS is a faith community affirming an inclusive priesthood rooted in a reformed and renewed Church. The CORPUS blog . . . is a portal to news, articles and resources enabling you to keep up-to-date in the Catholic Reform process.


Sites Calling for Structural Reforms in the Catholic Church


ACC – The American Catholic Council We ground ourselves in our common baptism giving us rights and responsibilities to continue the mission of Christ on earth. We are a movement of individuals and representatives of organizations committed to the fullness of the Catholic Church. As Vatican II Catholics we are united under a new banner, the American Catholic Council.

We Are Church/USA — Part of the International Movement We Are Church (IMWAC). We Are Church/USA is a coalition of Catholic groups in the United States united with our sisters and brothers around the world to call for fundamental reforms in the Roman Catholic Church. We seek to build a church that more closely incorporates the values of the gospel.

Call to Action educates, inspires and activates Catholics to act for justice and build inclusive communities through a lens of anti-racism and anti-oppression principles.

Future Church   FutureChurch seeks changes that will provide all Roman Catholics the opportunity to participate fully in Church life and leadership.


Social Policy and Social Justice Sites


A Year Without War – a growing community dedicated to ending war for the year 2020. It’s not impossible; women’s suffrage, the civil rights movement, and landing a man on the moon were all “impossible” – and then happened.

Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good promotes public policies and effective programs that enhance the inherent dignity of all, especially the poor and most vulnerable. . . "We accomplish our goals through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic media outreach, and engaging citizens in the service of the common good."

Catholics United is "a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting the message of justice and the common good found at the heart of the Catholic Social Tradition. We accomplish this mission through online advocacy and educational activities."

JustFaith Ministries empowers ordinary people and their communities to become agents of God's compassion and healing. Through workshops and programs, JustFaith Ministries helps participants to expand their commitment to social ministry within their faith communities.

Network is a progressive voice within the Catholic community that has been influencing Congress in favor of peace and justice for more than 30 years.  "Through lobbying and legislative advocacy, we strive to close the gap between rich and poor and to dismantle policies rooted in racism, greed and violence." 


Catholic Intentional Eucharistic Communities – Gateway Sites


Alternative Catholic Experience serves as a gateway to help you find an Intentional Eucharistic Community near to where you live or travel.  Another directory of IECs is found at the Intentional Eucharistic Communities site, below.

Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IECs) are those small faith communities, rooted in the Catholic tradition, which gather to celebrate Eucharist on a regular basis. Born in the enthusiasm flowing from Vatican II for a church of the people, some IECs were instituted in parishes, some were created as alternatives to the parish, some retain close ties with the institutional church, and some function independently. All are characterized by shared responsibility for the governance and life of the community.


Communities of Interest to Catholics in Santa Barbara


St. Anthony Community (the oldest Intentional Eucharistic Community in Santa Barbara, served originally by Franciscan priests resident at the Old Mission. Currently led by married Roman Catholic Priests–members of CORPUS) . . . we are actively creating a new model of church through servant leadership.