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LCWR offers its members a wide variety of publications designed to keep them informed of current information and events regarding the conference and religious life. These publications are available to the public as well.

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Economic Justice Advocacy Critically Needed (Oct. 2011, Volume 20, Number 3)

RTA Fall 2011 (Volume 20, Number 3)

Economic Justice Advocacy Critically Needed: NETWORK continues to assert that the budget is a moral document and that the spending and revenue outlined therein reflect our nation’s values. Women religious strongly support the “preferential option for the poor” and are, therefore, advocating to ensure that the budget preserves the social safety net so essential to those most in need...

April 2012

Update April 2012

What's Most Essential?

Perhaps you have experienced what I just have. I recently returned from several days on the road to a pile of messages and unfinished tasks on my desk. I began to sort, asking myself, "What needs most immediate attention here? What do I do first? What’s most essential?" As I set about prioritizing, those questions repeated within me and I began to hear them on multiple levels. I realized that "What’s most essential?" is the ultimate Lenten question. It might just be the ultimate leadership question, as well.    

(March 2012)

Update March 2012

Walking Together in Service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ

A few weeks ago I attended the opening of the final stop of the Women & Spirit traveling museum exhibit in Sacramento. It was a glorious occasion, a bittersweet celebration, knowing that this excellent exhibit would not continue past June, but that more than a million people have learned about the contributions women religious have made to the growth of the United States.

Winter 2012: Behold, I am Doing Something New... Can You Not Perceive It?


This issue of Occasional Papers focuses on how we take in new information and create an openness for seeing and understanding “the new” which God is doing. What does it take to live in the world today where much of what seemed certain and secure is no longer such, and where divisions in ways of thinking and perceiving seem to be separating us? What are the unique challenges to religious leaders during these times? How can women religious leaders best engage their members in inquiries that stretch their capacity to be transformed by new learning and new ways of comprehending the action of God?

Update (February 2012)

Contemplative Grappling with Darkness and Mystery

Update (January 2012)

Update, January 2012

Praying from the Dark and Silent Places

Winter 2011: Behold, I am Doing Something New


Members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious have embarked on a corporate contemplative process to help shape religious life as it moves into the future in ways that are responsive to the realities emerging in the world and church.

Civility in Discourse: A Franciscan Approach (December 2011)

On January 10, 2011, a former Franciscan Action Network (FAN) colleague and I presented a workshop on Civility in Discourse to student leaders at Neumann University, a Franciscan institution sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. The training incorporated role-play exercises from the Pace e Bene organization and illustrative stories from St. Francis of Assisi’s life.

Update (December 2011)

Promoting the Common Good

During the August LCWR annual assembly in California, those present read the signs of the times and saw a country wounded by partisanship and disparities of wealth and power. They called for a return to civil discourse that “promotes the common good, reaches out to others, engages in constructive dialogue, and seeks together the way forward.” Committing themselves to do the same, they promised “to hold these concerns at the center of our prayer and to respond in love.”  

Since then, I have noticed others reading the same signs.  


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