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Wednesday, January 16 2013

Host a Catholics for Equality Brunch!

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Matthew 18:20

Catholics love brunch! For many of us, Sunday brunch reminds us of the special family dinners we grew up having every Sunday after church.

Brunches are easy to throw, fun to host, and can be a great opportunity to make announcements about important things happening in your church or community, as well as to provide information about how guests can make a difference on issues they care about.

Catholics for Equality Brunches are also an effective way to help pro-equality Catholics create and lead these important conversations outside the of the church.


Signing Up to Become a Brunch Captain is as Easy as 1-2-3

  1. Pick a rotating Sunday and a Brunch spot,
  2. Register as Brunch Captain and download the Catholics for Equality Brunch Captain Tool Kit,
  3. Invite your friends by phone, Facebook, or using the invitations you'll find in and invite your brunch table.



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Family Based Parish Based Community Based

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Do I need to be affiliated with a parish to host a brunch?

No.  While it's our hope that we well be able to create a network of brunches that mirrors our network of parishes, it would also be great to have at least one brunch take place in every congressional district in the country.  Your community based brunch would help create that.


Should I invite our parish priests or church organization leaders?

Yes!  Many parish priests and church leaders support equality.   For your first brunch, you might want to start with close friends and family and select friends on Facebook, but more socially aggressive brunchers might want to pass out invitations in the church parking lot.


What do I say at the brunch?

As a brunch captain you are the best person to talk about our national organization and to ask your guests to get involved in the campaign.

  1. Talk about why you got involved in Catholics for Equality and why our mission is important to you.
  2. Talk about where your elected officials currently stand on equality issues.
  3. Ask everyone who has not yet joined the campaign to go online and register.  Remind them that that's free.
  4. Ask everyone who can, to make a donation to the campaign  (pass the collection plate).
  5. Ask everyone to use our online report form if they see or hear of any anti-equality activity in the parish or diocese.
  6. Ask if anyone has had a recent conversation about equality with their family, and ask them to talk about it.


Can I invite guest speakers?

Excellent question.  Yes.  Pro-equality elected officials, church leaders, local academics and local political candidates make excellent choices for guest speakers to draw in new brunchers.  Guest speakers also make great choices to lead the blessing before folks start eating.

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