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The Long Extended Note

The Long Extended Note

This is the last of the six images used by Sr. Pat Murray at the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) this past August.  Image six is:  Listen for the Long Note. Sister Pat recalled a seminar on leadership in which she participated some years ago.  At the end of one session, a fiddler played a…

Fall 2019 Newsletter

Fall 2019 Newsletter

As this newsletter comes to you, we are in the season of Fall, where the colors of the leaves are beautiful, striking, refreshing, and even exhilarating! The squirrels are scampering about, and creation becomes a treasure box for us to enjoy its gifts.

Connections

Connections

This is a continuation of Sr. Pat Murray’s talk at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) last August.  Her fifth point is:  Engage in web-watching and web-weaving. Sr. Pat referenced the Mennonite theologian and peace activist, John Paul Lederach, who used the term “moral imagination” to describe something “which calls people beyond what is immediately apparent and visible.”  Lederach…

Wonder and Awe

Wonder and Awe

It’s not often that one has an evening of complete wonder and awe.  Yet, a group of friends and I had just that on the afternoon and evening of September 29th.  We were at Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis for the final concert of the St. Louis Jesuits.   I heard it was sold out in record time and so…

Sticking Your Neck Out

Sticking Your Neck Out

Continuing in the presentation from Sister Pat Murray, IBVM, at the annual Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) I write about her fourth point:  “Celebrate our luxurious cultural   diversity.”  She asks the the question of religious leaders:  “How can we bring a positive contribution to the challenge of global intercultural living? ”  She suggests that congregations “demonstrate a new way…

Associate Leadership Conference

Associate Leadership Conference

From Tuesday, September 17 through Friday, September 20, the Women of Providence in Collaboration held a conference for Associate Leaders of their various congregations.  The theme of the conference was:  Providence Spirituality and Contemplative Dialogue.  The presenter was Leslie Keener, CDP from the Melbourne, KY group.   Leslie used Scripture, reflection questions, and her own life stories to help the group…

Embrace Vulnerability

Embrace Vulnerability

In her presentation at the annual LCWR assembly, Sr. Pat Murray, IBVM gave six images for leadership in a global world.  I have written about the first two of them.  This one is the third:  Embrace Vulnerability.  She was speaking about religious life and our institutions and how we are experiencing a greater fragility and vulnerability.  She said:  “In a…

Remembering

Remembering

Today is a day of remembering one of the worst days in American life.  On September 11, 2001, more than 3000 people lost their lives in the attack on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and in the field in Pennsylvania.  It was an act of extreme and unthinkable violence.  The world could not believe that it had happened as we…

Labor Day Thoughts

Labor Day Thoughts

At the beginning of the last century, Americans came together through protests, strikes, and union negotiations to fight for the dignity and justice in the workplace.  Women and men marched and raised their voices for a 40-hour work week, weekends, and workplace safety laws.  It is through their courage and determination that today we enjoy many protections that are often…

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