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Becoming One in Love (Daily Reflection Book)

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LCWR presents a new 2018 book, Becoming One in Love: A Reflective Journal on Deepening Communion.

This collection of reflections written by more than 30 LCWR members explores how we are coming to understand the concepts and challenges of communion, and what living from a place of deeper communion might mean for the world. The writers probe the reality of the polarized world in which we live, and why the choice to move toward oneness and communion is critical.

Intimate Nearness of God (Daily Reflection Book)

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LCWR presents a new book, The Intimate Nearness of God: A Reflective Journal Exploring Contemplation and Transformation. The phrase, “intimate nearness of God,” comes from the keynote address by Pat Farrell, OSF at the 2016 LCWR assembly where she spoke of the contemplative impulse that has been stirring in and among women religious for some time. She noted that this contemplative focus is positioning religious to respond to a future impossible to anticipate. She posited that “we are being led in this direction for the sake of the church and the world.”

Avanti! (Daily Reflection Book)

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The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) presents a new book, Avanti!, a reflective resource for our spiritual journey. The word "avanti", the Italian word for “forward,” was a central focus in the address delivered by LCWR president Sister Sharon Holland, IHM, at the 2015 LCWR assembly where she spoke of the attitudes of heart and mind needed to proceed forward even when what is ahead is dark and unknown.

Praying in These Emergent Times

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The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) presents a new book, Praying in These Emergent Times, a reflective resource for our spiritual journey. The cosmology and theologies that have influenced us for centuries had us reflecting on one aspect of God – God as eternal, changeless, timeless, abiding. The new cosmology is helping us comprehend emerging concepts of God as also unfolding, relational, and not outside of time and space but within its very fabric.

LCWR Executive Director -- Position Search

We begin the season of Lent open to the transformation God has begun in our conference.   Faithful to our LCWR Call we have been embracing critical change by attending to the internal organizational changes that our conference requires. The new LCWR Board has been elected and gathered for the first time in February. Carole Shinnick, SSND has been serving generously during this in-between time as interim Executive Director and we continue to explore the governance shifts that will embrace the call to change and preserve our culture of communal discernment and contemplation.

Winter 2018 - At the Heart of Our Life

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The Winter 2018 issue of LCWR’s Occasional Papers will take the theme, “At the Heart of Our Life.” For several years, LCWR has been exploring the enormous shift taking place in human evolution and has been asking questions about the role of religious life as this shift occurs. Along with all the changes transpiring in the global community, changes are occurring as well in religious life as it has been known in recent decades. 

February 2018

Unfinishedness

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

“If we think seriously about our unfinished cosmos.. . .we shall have to entertain new thoughts about everything, about who we are and where we are going, and about the meaning of our lives.” -- John Haught, The New Cosmic Story, Inside Our Awakening Universe

LCWR Contemplative Greeting Cards

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This set of 10 folded blank cards offer a means to share a contemplative insight while sending a greeting. The insights on each card are the fruit of the prayer and reflection of leaders of communities of Catholic sisters during a recent LCWR assembly. The set of 10 sells for just $10.00, and the proceeds assist LCWR in its mission to provide education and support to its nearly 1400 members as they lead their communities. 

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LCWR Denounces the Administrations’ Decision to Rescind TPS for Salvadorans

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious strongly denounces the cruel decision by the Trump administration to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for more than 200,000 Salvadorans. El Salvador is the fourth country whose citizens have been stripped of their right to protection by President Trump’s administration. Rescinding TPS from human beings under continuing threat of violence of all types is inconsistent with the values and traditions of this nation and with our belief in the dignity of all persons.

December 2017

Where Does Love Lead Us?

Each issue of Update now includes “emerging questions” designed to engage us in reflection about religious life, leadership, and the signs of the times. One of the questions the Contemporary Religious Life Committee gave us in the October issue asked, “Where has love led me/us?” I found this question particularly intriguing. The call to religious life is a call to love, and the call to leadership is a call to love in a particular context. Where has our response to the call to love led us? And where is it leading us?

November 2017

Historians for the Lions

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

Until the lions have their own historians,
tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. 
-- African Proverb (paraphrased)

LCWR Denounces White House Immigration Principles and Policies

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply troubled by the continued actions of President Trump’s administration which denigrate our immigrant neighbors and threaten our communities. We reject the rhetoric of fear and the policy of division. We choose instead to embrace a dream for America that is filled with hope for a nation united in service of the common good.

LCWR Disappointed by President Trump’s Decision to Abandon the CPP

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply disappointed by the Trump administration’s decision to abandon the Clean Power Plan (CPP) which sought to reduce carbon pollution and mitigate climate change, limits which are essential to the health and welfare of all people, especially the most vulnerable.

October 2017

The Staying Power of Mercy

 by Teresa Maya, CCVI - LCWR President

LCWR Urges Action to Protect Dreamers

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) shares the disappointment of millions of people across the country who had hoped and prayed that President Trump would continue the protection offered Dreamers by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is a common sense path to stability for families, communities, and local economies and a reaffirmation of American values. Ending DACA will cause irreparable harm to families and communities and force 800,000 of our young people back into the shadows.

LCWR Condemns Racism in All Forms

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious condemns racism in all its harmful forms whether the violent acts of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacist groups or the daily acts of hate and discrimination that diminish us all.

We grieve with the citizens of Charlottesville and all people of goodwill. We mourn with all who have lost loved ones, with all who live in fear, with all whose dignity is threatened by hate and violence. We lament the racism that continues to afflict our communities and threaten the values that we hold dear.

LCWR Assembly Explores the Call to Embody Love for the Sake of the World

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[Orlando, FL] At the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), held August 8-11, 768 participants explored the assembly theme of “Being the Presence of Love: The Power of Transformation.”

LCWR Assembly Statement on the US-DPRK Crisis

This week, while tensions between the governments of the United States and the People’s Republic of Korea quickly escalated, approximately 650 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious meeting in Orlando, FL issued a public statement imploring President Donald J. Trump to engage in dialogue and negotiation.

LCWR Assembly 2017 Presentations and Other Materials

Presentations, photos, and other information about the 2017 LCWR assembly is available at https://lcwr.org/calendar/lcwr-assembly-2017. More materials will be added as they become available.

August/September 2017

You, Elected Leaders, Are Seed People

by Marcia Allen, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

July 2017

July 2017

This is What I Know Now

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ

Occasional Papers -- Summer 2017

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This issue of Occasional Papers will take the theme, “Put Out into the Deep,” (Luke 5:4). Through a variety of approaches, we will explore the call that comes to us through the complexities of these times – globally, nationally, and within religious life realities. Fragile global economies, acts of terrorism, enormous growths in science, rapidly evolving technologies, as well as seismic changes in our religious communities create conditions that urge us toward deep thought and reflection in ways perhaps not required by earlier times.

2016-2017: Embracing the Mystery: Living Transformation

Like budgets and calendars, annual reports communicate something about who we are and what we value. They’re intended to render accountability. They tell the story of where our time, our energy, and our money went. They recall our aspirations and reflect our reality. They are a snapshot of a segment of an organization’s life, and read from year to year they unfold a unique narrative of mission, vision, values, and activity. 

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