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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[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. 

April 2017

Leveraging Our Influence in Service of the Gospel

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR President

Occasional Papers -- Winter 2017

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This issue of Occasional Papers on “Living into Love” focuses on the call to explore the mystery of Love and increase our own capacity for inclusive love that compels us toward transformative action for the life of the world. Drawing on ideas and insights raised during the 2016 LCWR assembly, these articles probe concepts on the transformation needed in the world today and the potential that a contemplative stance in life provides for unleashing the energy of inclusive love.

LCWR Expresses Deep Concern about Executive Orders

February 2017

LCWR February 2017 Newsletter

A High and a Low Way

by Marcia Allen, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

Amid the chaos of over-the-top optimism and dire prophecies in the aftermath of the November elections a single question keeps nagging at me. Everywhere we read about the need for contemplation, stillness, presence, silence, as well as alarming predictions regarding the new presidency. Amid these two “horns” it seems to me that our dilemma lies in the realm of moral agency.  What, exactly, is moral agency in this cacophony of opinions?

LCWR and CMSM Issue Joint Letter to President-Elect Trump

SILVER SPRING (January 18, 2017). The Presidents of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) representing the elected leaders of more than 55,000 Catholic religious sisters, brothers, and priests sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump reminding him of the gift and responsibility of leadership.

 

January 2017

Standing in the 'Tragic Gap'

by Mary Pellegrino, CSJ -- LCWR President

LCWR Commits to Gospel Values in the Post-Presidential Election Season

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