At the beginning of December, the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics (GNRC) held its Second Assembly, with almost 100 participants from 35 nations gathering in Munich/Dachau, Germany, for three days of discussion, prayer, support, and camraderie.
GNRC participants after Mass in historic Munich church
The main purpose of the meeting, the first since the inaugural Assembly in Rome in October 2015, was to ratify organizational structures, such as a Constitution, Internal Regulations, and electing the first Board of the GNRC. Since 2015, a Steering Committee of members from around the globe has been meeting at least monthly for Skype meetings to draft the organization’s structure and to plan the German Assembly.
Beyond organizational topics, the meeting also allowed members to work together in committees to develop plans for future projects on pastoral care and spirituality, dialoguing with church officials, developing as an inclusive organization, responding to the anti-gender movement in the Church, and developing better communications among members and with the public.