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.
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?
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.
“Love is the most durable power in the world. This creative force, so beautifully exemplified in the life of our Christ is the most potent instrument available to mankind’s (sic) quest for peace and security.” -- M. L. King, Jr.
This issue of Occasional Papers on “Living Transformation” explores the multiple processes of transformation underway in the cosmos and on this planet and how our personal journeys intersect with these larger stories of transformation. Writers explore: What is it that the world needs from us as we individually and corporately undergo transformation – transformation of our understandings of life, of ourselves, and of religious life? Why does it matter that we fully participate in the processes of transformation as we are able?
As I write, our country awaits, in anticipation or trepidation, the national conventions of our two major political parties. As you read, those events may be ended or in process, naming key players for the next months in US politics.
The journey continues! From our 2015 assembly we move from meeting the thirsts of the world through the springs of the Great Deep bursting forth, those waters of life flowing in and through us, to living the mystery of transformation -- our 2016 theme. Those waters meeting the thirsts of our world took the shape of a multitude of works, services to the world through our conference’s central office, and through the regions’ individual members.
LCWR is seeking an executive assistant who will work with the LCWR executive director and provide support to the other staff. A job description is available below. Applications should be sent to LCWR's executive director Joan Marie Steadman, CSC at firstname.lastname@example.org.