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Summer 2011: Leadership and Creative Tension


US women religious leaders are navigating tumultuous waters these days as they respond to numerous challenges before them – whether those challenges are within their own institutes, their ministries, the church, or in the local and global realities that surround them. These are days that can be ridden with anxiety as leaders hold on to a vision for their institutes while dealing with daily realities that can cause them to question if the vision is still worth its cost. If leaders choose to move toward a vision while at the same time honestly acknowledging the realities of these times, they generate what is called “creative tension.”

US Muslims and Interfaith Dialogue (July 2011, Vol. 20, No. 2)

I was raised in a small town in Arizona that at the time had a very small Muslim population. At the time there was not an Islamic center and our Friday prayers, Sunday schools, Eid prayers, and breaking fast together during the holy month of Ramadan were conducted on a rotating schedule in a few homes of our family friends.  Later on, as the Muslim American community grew, we would host the community in a hall located inside a church that was gracious to lend us their space.

Update (July 2011)

The Gifts of Summer

When I search through my calendar at this time of year, it is a relief to note that board meetings and meetings of sponsored ministries are rarely scheduled during the summer months. Long hours of daylight give me the illusion that I have more time. We begin to work our schedules around significant and pleasurable events such as vacation, retreat, and of course, the annual LCWR assembly in August.

Update (June 2011)

Rome: A First View

The annual visit of the LCWR leadership to Rome was my first opportunity to step into the world of the Vatican. The days were very full and I found myself tucking away impressions and feelings to process later. I’m still doing that. However, one thing has become clear:  the need to approach it all with the broad view of a world church and the long view of history. 

Update (May 2011)

Desiring to be ‘Close to the Flesh'

In 2005, as part of the UISG delegates’ meeting in Warsaw, we made a pilgrimage to Czestochowa where I became acquainted with Jerzy Duda Gracz’s Golgotha of Jasna Góra in the Beginning of the Third Millennium. The artist depicts the stations of the cross as a mirror of Divine Mercy through a modern vision of a generation looking at itself as witnesses and custodians of the Paschal Mystery. The message is ensconced in a poignant longing to be close to the flesh of Jesus. 

Update (April 2011)

Readying Ourselves for Resurrection

Update (March 2011)

 Leading from Vulnerability

I recently saw the movie The King’s Speech. A poignant drama, it tells the story of a stammering king whose speech impediment is painfully visible in his public role. With the support and friendship of a speech therapist, he finds his voice and leads effectively at a critical time.  I was struck by the interplay of strength and vulnerability in the king, and sensed my own experience of leadership reflected in that.  It has been on my mind as Lent approaches.

Update (February 2011)

A Transforming Journey

The feast of the Incarnation is quickly followed by a plentitude of liturgical celebrations during Ordinary Time. God’s overflowing love became human with us in the person of Christ. Christ took on every aspect of our ordinary lives beginning with his birth in a humble environment, his journey as an immigrant, his baptism calling him into a ministry of beatitude, and the fulfillment of his divine mission on the cross. The life of Jesus calls us likewise into that same transforming journey. 

Immigration Enforcement and Family Separation (Jan. 2011, Vol. 20, No. 1)

In 1998, my husband and I were arrested by immigration enforcement officials. My three kids who were 13, 15, and18 at the time, were left alone. Not knowing anyone, they had to stay by themselves and pretend that their parents were at home in order to avoid being separated and being placed in foster homes. They had to survive without Mom and Dad.


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