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Saturday, July 9, 2005
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Update: This forum no longer exists.

The moderator at the Catholic forum on About.com recently created a new forum called Catholic Recycle. This is an interview I conducted with him, Teilhard8. Please visit this site.

1) What is the purpose of your new forum, Catholic Recycle?

Catholic Recycle is a free, non-commercial forum where churches, ministries and non-profits can donate, swap, sell or buy used religious goods. Anything that's useful in ministry, from prayer-cards to church-buses to entire church buildings can be listed. Anything that can help us more effectively serve the needs of faith-communities and the needs of the larger community is welcome!

2) Can anyone post on it?

Yes! It's a freebie forum and a trade-and-swap forum for everybody! Baby-shoes, knick-knacks, games, clothes, CDs, videos, you name it--everyone is welcome to this flea market with a faith-focus, or a cyber-rummage sale. I'm encouraging people to offer lots of free stuff, but that's at the discretion of the poster. Everyday people will be the true life-blood of the forum.

3) What are some items there that could be listed? Is it small items like Bibles or large items for parishes?

Really, anything can be posted. I include a long list on my start-page but it's merely suggestive: hymnals, rosaries, day-care materials, playground equipment, sporting goods, office supplies and much, much more. Anything that could possibly be of use to Christian churches or ministries is welcome. I'm offering an upright piano, absolutely free, to get the forum rolling, and I have some building materials and cabinets I might post in a few days. A few restrictions are outlined on my start page.

4) Why did you create this forum?

I created it to assist the church during a difficult period of consolidation and economic hardship. Parishes continue to close due to the priest shortage and demographic shifts. Other parishes are experiencing economic hardship because of the abuse crisis. Catholic schools are still closing. A few dioceses have gone broke due to the sex-abuse crisis. Payouts now exceed $1 billion in the U.S. church. The Lord is purifying his church! True renewal and restoration will come from among those who are mindful of the poor. I want to be where the Spirit is moving!

Catholic online forums, often, are long on talk and short on action. Catholic Recycle is the Gospel applied--practical, roll-up-your-sleeves-let's-get-something-done Christianity. This will be a creative use of the internet for ministry which I hope will, in turn, enrich the pastoral and theological reflection on the Catholic discussion threads.

I don't want anything out of this for myself. I'll pick up on Catholic books occasionally. If a used minibus shows up, I might like to get it for conversion into a mobile home. But mainly it's about 'being Eucharist', being a more vital Christian presence in cyberspace and serving the neediest in our midst.

BTW, this is a personal project. I don't have any institutional or organizational sponsor. But if one shows up, I might be willing to collaborate with them. I'm thinking The St. Vincent de Paul Society might be interested in this.

5) Sounds good. What's the url

Catholic Recycle has two locations. The Delphi site is the main one:
http://forums.delphiforums.com/CatholicRecycle/start
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CatholicRecycle/

My forum nickname is Teilhard8. My real name is John K. Riordan. I live in southeast Michigan. Feel free to post my name, but I'd rather people communicate with me via the forum, not email.

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