Sunday, September 14, 2014

Companions on a Sacred Journey

An Introduction to Evolutionary Christianity

An interactive workshop sponsored by
the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform
and facilitated by Michael Bayly, MA.

Companions on a Sacred Journey is an interactive workshop that provides an opportunity to learn about, reflect upon, and respond to an expression of spirituality known as “evolutionary Christianity.”

As understood and expressed by Catholic theologians, scientists, and mystics such as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Beatrice Bruteau, Brian Swimme, Ilia Delio, Diarmuid Ó Murchú, Thomas Berry, and Gail Worcelo, Evolutionary Christianity is a meaningful way of thinking and talking about God in our lives, our church, and our world; a way of hope that addresses the important issues of our day by welcoming and honoring both the findings of science and the enduring spiritual wisdom of our Catholic tradition, especially its mystical tradition.

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

Evolutionary Christianity invites and challenges us to understand God and our relationship with God, each other, and the natural world in an ever-deepening and liberating way; to recognize ourselves as co-creators with our creator God – co-creators of beauty, justice, and compassion.
– Michael Bayly

The paradox of the Divine is at once the radiant, complete, and changeless ground of all that is. Yet the Divine is also the incessant urge to manifest deeper and deeper expressions of wholeness and integration. . . . There is something of the holy embrace of God in the very structure of the universe, changeless and changing.
– Gail Wolcelo, sgm

Michael Bayly 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 Environments for LGBT Students: A Catholic Schools 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).

Contact Information

To learn more and/or to arrange a presentation of Companions on a Sacred Journey, contact Michael Bayly at or 612-201-4534.

Companions on a Sacred Journey is sponsored by the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (CCCR). For more information about CCCR visit

1 comment:

  1. Welcome news, Michael. Thanks to you and CCCR for offering this opportunity to think and talk together about the creation revelation. Do you do presentations in homes for groups of friends? To my mind, for a coherent Christianity we have to integrate the new creation story.
    I assume there is a passing of a hat to compensate you or CCCR for this good service?