Given the clericalism, abuse, discrimination and lack of proper governance within the Catholic Church, in 2011 Fr Greg Reynolds, a priest of the Melbourne Archdiocese for 31 years, set up a new community, called Inclusive Catholics to embrace those disillusioned with institutional churches. In this community all are welcome without question, especially lapsed Catholics as well as survivors of clerical abuse, divorcees, those who support women’s ordination and LGBTIQA+ people.
This community strives to let all voices be heard and equally considered when planning and celebrating worship and other events. It is now a democratic organisation led by an elected Stewardship Team with Greg Reynolds as pastor. Inclusive Catholics holds fortnightly Eucharistic celebrations at Glen Iris Road Uniting Church Community Centre, monthly lecture-discussions in member’s homes, social dinners, silent retreats and luncheon gatherings where personal stories can be shared.
This is an open table and any believer who wishes to receive Holy Communion is welcome. Eucharist is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of each month at Glen Iris Road Uniting Church, 200 Glen Iris Road, Glen Iris at 5.00 pm, preceded by optional quiet meditation at 4.40pm
These meetings are held monthly in various private homes featuring a guest speaker, a talk and a vigorous discussion. In 2019 we featured, Forgiveness, Why Reflection Works, Dangerous Books, The New Atheists, What Can we learn from the Book of Job? and Buddhism.
Our members come from a variety of backgrounds, religious beliefs, age groups and denominations, especially Catholic. We do not force a belief system on anyone but generally aim to encourage people in their prayer life, meditation, scripture reading and social activism. Many of our members are involved in Human Rights movements, passionately supporting issues such as: First Nations People’s move to sovereign treaties; the Human Rights of People seeking Asylum; and other vulnerable peoples and action on climate change. We work with other reform groups in the Catholic Church in Australia and are an active and founding member of the Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Reform representing the major groups working for reform in the Catholic Church in Australia.
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Inclusive Catholics acknowledge the First Nations People, the Traditional Owners of this great Southern Land of the Holy Spirit, and their many unique cultures and languages. We respect the knowledge and wisdom of Elders past, present and those emerging. They have never ceded their sovereignty and we commit to walking with them in their quest for truth, justice and treaties.