Today, we conclude our posts about the 2nd anniversary of Bondings 2.0, and we do so asking for your financial support for this endeavor. We do so on “Giving Tuesday,” a sort of new “holiday,” set off as a time to allow people to make a contribution to their favorite charities or causes.
As some of you may know, the blog is a project of New Ways Ministry, a national Catholic ministry of justice and reconciliation for LGBT Catholics and the wider church community. New Ways Ministry relies primarily on individual donations from Catholics across the nation and around the globe. Bondings 2.0 is just one of our many projects and resources geared toward making the Catholic Church a more welcoming and just place for LGBT people. Among our many other projects are ones dealing with marriage equality, gay-friendly parishes and schools, lesbian nuns and gay priests, connections between sexuality and spirituality, and outreach to colleges and young adults.
This blog is an integral part of our work because we believe that the Catholic Church can change if people are given information, resources, and tools to make changes in their local communities. So, we focus here on news stories and opinion pieces which we hope will empower people to take action wherever they are. New Ways Ministry’s main mission has always been education because we believe that education is the key to any kind of social or institutional change. With Bondings 2.0, we try to provide information and perspectives that we think will help people formulate their own arguments, opinions, initiatives, and projects. (Are you curious about how “New Ways Ministry” and “Bondings 2.0” got their names? Click here for an explanation.)
We are probably more surprised than anyone at how this blog has taken off. We get new followers every week and new readers every day. At last count, people from over 160 nations around the globe read our content. And our material has been picked up by major publications. For example, Bob Shine’s October 10, 2012 post entitled “Pope Francis’ Letter-Writing Revolution Requires Our Involvement” was picked up and reprinted by The National Catholic Reporter. That version of the post was excerpted in one of the U.S.’s leading news magazines, The Week, where it was quoted in a story entitled “The ‘Francis effect': 5 ways the pope is resuscitating the Catholic Church.”
Bondings 2.0 is a free service, available to all. Like public radio and television, anyone can share in this resource. And like public radio and television, we rely on the generosity of our audience to keep the project going. We have made a commitment to only ask twice a year for funds: once around our annual anniversary (late November) and once in June, about six months later. We don’t want to bother our readers with requests for funds, but at the same time, we need to make these two appeals to make sure that we have the resources to keep the blog viable.
So, on this Giving Tuesday, would you consider making a donation to New Ways Ministry to support Bondings 2.o? We appreciate any amount you would like to give. As a suggestion, why not think of donating $5o, which is less than $1 a week of free posts you receive all year round. That’s cheaper than the cost of most daily newspapers these days!
You can donate by clicking here, and you will be brought to New Ways Ministry’s website donation page. When you fill out the donation form online, please type “blog” in the comments section of the form so that we know that is why you are contributing. You can also mail a check made out to “New Ways Ministry” to our offices at 4012 29th Street, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. Or call us during business hours at 301-277-5674, and we can take your credit card donation over the phone. However you decide to contribute, your donation is tax-deductible.
There are two other ways you can help us: 1) Take a few minutes to complete our survey of readers. This will help us better serve you with the material we present; 2) Tell your friends about this blog. Have you let others know about this resource? Word of mouth tends to be our best promoter. Consider emailing a link to one of your favorite recent blog posts to friends on your email list who are interested in Catholic LGBT issues.
Thanks so much for any way that you can help to support this electronic ministry. We are deeply grateful for your support, and we will continue to offer prayers of gratitude for all that you do for us and all that you do for the Catholic Church’s LGBT brothers and sisters.
–Francis DeBernardo, New Ways Ministry