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Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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Update (Newsletter)

LCWR publishes a monthly newsletter for its members, entitled Update. Copies of the newsletter are available below.

Update (February 2004)

The political rhetoric is filling the air from the Primaries to the State of the Union speech.  So many promises yet our society has a sense of having been betrayed and trust is withheld.  Our faith is challenged by aworld filled with war and alienation, a world in which people are broken and enslaved by poverty and unjust structures.  For people who believe, it is a call to engagement and commitment to bring hope to a people and to our time. Life does not have to be arranged so that a few prosper and many suffer.

Update (January 2004)

January begins with a “star rising in the East.”What if we revisioned the story of theEpiphany in the context of the universe story and imagined the “star rising in theEast” as the sunrise really seen for the first time?  Gazing at the rising sun-star,we are compelled to stay with it finding ourselves led into a place of consciousness so brilliant that it appears as dark asa cave.

Update (December 2003)

It is November in Kansas, and the approach of winter surrounds us as winds and falling temperatures invade our days, and the sun slowly sinks earlier and earlier. We anticipate the Advent days of darkness and waiting.

Update (November 2003)

More than 100 representatives of religious communities and organizations traveled on September 23 by car, bus, bike, train, plane and Metro to walk the halls of Congress and urge their congressional representatives to close the SOA/WHISC.  In more than 200 visits, participants pressed the issue in conversations which many had started in their home district.  LCWR, in the person of Marie Lucey, OSF, associate director for social mission, made five visits, the responses to which ran the gamut from skepticism, to lack of knowledge, to firm support.

Update (October 2003)

Participants in the 2003 LCWR national assembly entered into profound reflection on their call as religious leaders to tend the holy of God’s creation.

Update (August/September 2003)

At the invitation of Jim Wallis,founding editor of Sojourner’smagazine, Constance Phelps, SCL,LCWR vice-president and Carole Shinnick, SSND, LCWR executive director, joined an ecumenical group of 25 religious leaders to raise the plight of the nation’s poor to the nation’s lawmakers.  For five years, Reverend Wallis has gathered a similar group in Washington in the week immediately following Pentecost to advocate for the most vulnerable US citizens who are impacted by decisions made inside the Beltway.

Update (July 2003)

It gives us great pleasure to welcome Marie Lucey, OSF, to the National Office of LCWR where she will assume the position of Associate Director for Social Mission.  Marie has just completed a sabbatical program at St. Stephen’s Priory in Dover, NH. 

Update (June 2003)

LCWR Members Gather for New Leader Workshop

Update (April 2003)

LCWR Participates in Women’s National Prayer Breakfast

Update (February 2003)

Iraq Peace Pledge and Pledge of Resistance Stimulate Non-Violent Action

As military forces are moved into position to prepare for a U.S. war against Iraq, around the world people hear again Christ’s quiet message of peace: love one another.  It is a message shared by all our world’s religious traditions. 

Update (January 2003)

LCWR President Travels to Middle East

Editor's notes: LCWR President Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM, recently travelled to the Middle East as part of a delegation comprised of the leadership of CMSM and the Relgious Conference of Britain and Wales. She shares her experiences below.

Update (November 2002)

LCWR Participates in Actions Opposing War on Iraq

Since mid-August, LCWR has actively spoken out against the Bush Administration's efforts to encourage a U.S.-led pre-emptive strike on Iraq. 

Update (August/September 2002)

Election to Take Place at 2002 LCWR National Assembly

An LCWR Vice-President will be elected at the LCWR National Assembly in St. Louis, MO, August 17-21, 2002. Five members left their names in the nomination for vice-president; the following three received the highest votes in a run-off ballot:

Update (July 2002)

LCWR Executive Makes Annual Visit to Rome

Update (June 2002)

Former LCWR Executive Director Dies

Update (May 2002)

Executive Committee Meeting Responds to Current Crisis in the Church and World

Update (April 2002)

InterAmerican Committee Plan for 2004 Conference in Brazil 

Update (March 2002)

LCWR National Board Convenes In Florida

The LCWR National Board met in Jacksonville, FL February 16-19, 2001, prior to their day-long joint Board meeting with CMSM on February 20 (see accompanying story).

Update (February 2002)

LCWR WELCOMES CAROLE SHINNICK, SSND, AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

Update (January 2002)

LCWR Links America and the World in December 7 National Day of Contemplation 

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