The leadership council is the governing body of the community elected by the membership and dedicated to fulfilling the mission of Mary of Magdala. The Council shall be responsible for making and implementing decisions on behalf of the membership - from financial decisions to outreach ministries. A clergy representative who has been invited to serve the community by the Leadership Council shall exercise leadership with respect to matters of theology, spirituality and liturgy.
The governing document is its constitution, approved in April, 2013 along with a COVENANT signed by each member. The Leadership Council meets seven times annually on the second Monday of the month to chart the course of the community. (February, April, May, June, September, November, and December.) Meetings are open to any community member who would like to attend.
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Laity and ordained.
Guided by the Spirit.Leading from the heart
Leadership Council Membership
Chantal Bouveron - Secretary
I grew up Roman Catholic but had what some might call a “dramatic break-up” with the Church when I came out as queer in college. I hadn’t really attended church for many years until my wife told me about the ECC and Mary of Magdala. I remember attending our first mass about a year ago and being completely blown away. My wife and I were openly welcomed and celebrated in a church that had many of our beloved traditions, and the deacon was a woman!?!? It was the most blessed homecoming.
I have a strong passion for creating inclusive spaces for all in my middle school classroom, and would love a chance to serve on the council to help welcome more to this family of ours
Michael Six - Co-Chair
The genuine welcome and inclusiveness of the people of Mary of Magdala drew me into the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. The opportunity to serve and grow in my spiritual journey has invited me to become part of the leadership at Mary of Magdala. I have spent most of my career in education and healthcare. Currently, I serve as the director of patient experience and physician development for a healthcare system. At Mary of Magdala, I have had the opportunity to join the liturgy community and serve as a lector. It is my hope that, as part of the leadership council, I can give back to the community to help support the growth and sustainability of the welcoming spirit of the ECC and of the people of Mary of Magdala.
Jeff Akkerman - Co-Chair
My wife Erin and I moved to Fort Collins and began searching for our new church. As cradle Catholics, who met at mass and were married in the church we met in, we immediately attended mass at the 3 Roman Catholic Churches here in Fort Collins. We found that we left them still spiritually hungry and thirsty. So, we began to look outside of the Roman Catholic Church for the first time in our lives. We wanted a church that would keep the best traditions and the structure of the Catholic mass but align more with our values around LGBT, and found a number of other Christian churches which we attended, but after our first mass at MOM my wife and I looked at each other and said the same thing, "It feels like home." We have been warmly received into this wonderful caring community, and want to become more deeply involved. My passion is to help and serve others, which is why I went into teaching, and which I now get the privilege to do as a marketing consultant. My purpose in being on the leadership council would be to increase my ability to give back to this community.
I was born in northern MN and am a cradle Catholic. Being a Good Shepherd Sister was my plan until I met Richard! This opened another dream: adopting. We gave birth to 2 & adopted 4. Our family is multi-cultural, multi-racial, & includes transgender, oh and multi political! (If anyone would like to talk about possibly adopting, Richard & I are available.)
From high school days I've been bothered by some of the tenets of the RCC and stuffed them in the back of my mind, but still they bothered me: only male, unmarried priests; birth control; having to be a member in good standing to receive Communion. In 2012 the ECC fulfilled all my ideas of a church that I wanted to be a part of. My hope is that we can introduce many other northern Coloradans who could feel accepted & happy in this community.
As a member of Mary of Magdala Community I humbly accepted the invitation to serve the remaining time of Rain’s elected position on the Leadership Council.
After my teaching career retirement I slowly, steadily searched for what I called My Spiritual Community. Open, welcoming, supporting, and growing-these the necessary spiritual and social viewpoints and practices, a simple horizontal elected management, and priests and deacons from us who love, teach, and inspire us. I consider myself blessed to have found these qualities already established in MoM, ECC. I will strive to support these values.
In teaching I often worked with teams as we searched for better ways to reach and teach students. I can participate with our elected Leadership Council to serve our community.
“With the heart and mind of Christ, we transform the world.”
Co-Pastor, Deacon Rosean Amaral
The radical welcome and true hospitality spelled out in the ECC Constitution first drew me to Mary of Magdala. I served on the steering committee during our discernment period which led to joining the ECC. I am a lector, member of the Foot Washers and the Adult Education ministry, and an ordained deacon with Mary of Magdala. Thanks to the open arms of the community, I am free to join my "YES!" to the many faithful who have come before me! My gratitude to all of you!
Co- Pastor, Rev. Jane Reina
Jane says she is still touched by the Mary of Magdala Community. As a member for the last four years she says: “As soon I walked into Mary of Magdala for Mass, I could feel the prayerfulness of the community and that they ‘walked the talk.’ I had recently moved from New Jersey and was looking for a Catholic Community that was open, inclusive, and lived the Gospel. Mary of Magdala welcomed me, and more. I also wanted a church that was part of something larger, and Mary of Magdala is part of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. I am home in an independent church that is connected to other independent churches in the catholic tradition, one that invites everyone to the Table of Christ.
I have been a member of Mary of Magdala since its inception and currently serve on the leadership council . I am now retired and have time to dedicate to the life and success of this community. I have previously had a medical practice here in Fort Collins.
I am also involved with the Family Housing Network and serve on the Social Justice Committee as well as The World Wisdom Project. I have many interests including photography. I feel that my experience can continue to contribute to Mary of Magdala.
Ever since I was a kid, and for as long as I can remember, I have been attending mass at Mary of Magdala. Every time I go to church, I am welcomed by its kind, and overwhelmingly affectionate community. I am currently attending Rocky Mountain High School, and have hopes of becoming a financial advisor when I grow up. This was one of the leading reasons I chose to apply for the leadership council--as a learning experience for me, and a way to connect with my community more. I am very grateful for this opportunity that has arisen for me to be on the leadership council, and look forwards to seeing the future of the church.