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August/September 2017

You, Elected Leaders, Are Seed People

by Marcia Allen, CSJ -- LCWR Past President

We were spirit people, seed people;
no matter how bleak the terrain looked out there,
we were planted for a rich harvest.
-- Victoria Gray, Civil Rights Activist


A mere month ago, the editor of this fine publication, Annmarie Sanders, reminded me that this is my last message – my last chance, she said, to say what I want to say. Such an opportunity should not go unregarded!

What I want to say first of all is THANK YOU for allowing me the privilege of serving the conference as I have for the last three years – strange years of interlude while we attempted to right ourselves after the shipwreck of the doctrinal investigation challenged our identity.

Today you can feel the breath of new energy in the new governance structure which you have helped design and critique. It’s not finished yet but there is a start and that’s what is important. We are on the way to a new thing that has been a long time coming. But then, we all know that everything comes in its own time. And now it is finally time for the conference to bring into existence a new way of being.  (Download newsletter to continue reading)


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