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Leadership Pathways

Leadership Pathways
Leadership Pathways

Leadership Pathways is a process designed to engage the entire membership of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the ongoing process of becoming transformational leaders. It consists of three distinct initiatives, each designed to assist elected leaders in deepening their capacity to lead from within in a way that is transformative for themselves and for their congregations.

Initiative One invites the entire LCWR membership to engage in ever deepening conversations focused on the emerging future of religious life. These conversations will be folded into the regular activities of LCWR at both regional and national meetings. Members are encouraged to engage as leadership teams in similar conversations and to foster these conversations among their members.

Initiative Two invites LCWR members who are interested to engage in an online learning lab aimed at deepening the skills and dispositions needed for transformational leadership. The online learning labs are structured to fit into the daily life and demands of elected leaders. They are designed to enhance the capacity to lead from an integrated contemplative space and to respond more effectively to the challenges and opportunities present in the ministry of leadership. Participants are placed in learning groups or cohorts that can serve as sounding boards and wisdom circles for dealing with the complexities of leadership today. The cohorts consist of five to six participants plus a group mentor or guide.

There are currently two offerings available in initiative two:

  • Becoming the Leaders We Hope to Be: The Foundations of Transformational Leadership
  • Rooted in God’s Mission: The Foundations of Mission-Grounded Leadership

Initiative Three: Leading in an Evolving Universe

This initiative invites members who wish to explore the implications of living in an evolving universe for their role as women religious leaders to form a self-directed online learning lab. The learning lab focuses on the intersection of emerging consciousness, the Christian tradition, and religious leadership for the future.

Fuller descriptions of each of these offerings for LCWR members are available on the members only section of the website.

LCWR is now accepting registrations for the fall of 2016 for the following modules:

  • Becoming the Leaders We Hope To Be: The Foundations of Transformational Leadership (LCWR members only)
  • Foundations for Becoming Transformational Leaders (congregation members 60 and over who are recommended by a member of the congregation leadership team) THIS MODULE IS CLOSED
  • Rooted In God’s Mission: the Foundation of Mission Grounded Leadership (LCWR members only)
  • Leading In An Evolving Universe (LCWR members only)

A participant may sign up as an individual to participate in a learning cohort. Alternately participants can form their own learning cohort and sign up as a group. The fee for participation is $450 per module. (Please note that members of a leadership team who register for the same module will receive a discount. The fee will be $450 for the first team member and $300 for each additional team member. Ordinarily, team members who sign up for the same module will be placed in different learning groups.)

Registration forms for participation are provided below.

For additional information contact Marie McCarthy, SP at or 301-588-4955, ext. 237.