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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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Update (October 2010)

There are books I keep at hand that I pick up from time to time, ever to find something new. So it was that I recently picked up Joan Chittister’s book The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer. I was particularly struck by her words in the section on realism. She writes:

The spiritually mature person does not rely on God for miracles. They rely on God for strength and courage, for insight and hope, for vision and endurance. They know that God is with them: they do not believe that God is an instrument for the comfort of human beings. (p.122)

Annual Report 2009-10: Creating in Chaos

Looking over a year of challenges, contrasts, and commitments, we find ourselves immersed in the Paschal Mystery as we conclude the initial decade of this 21stcentury. One cannot place theoretical observations on the great mysteries that fidelity requires. As the Paschal Mystery women found themselves in a chaos they neither desired nor chose, so too with us!  

Legalized Homicide: Death Penalty 2010 (Aug. 2010, Vol. 19, No. 3)

He waits like a child for what others are about to do him — as in his powerless childhood. Sam is buckled down, covered with a white sheet, arms outstretched and strapped down, ironically resembling Jesus nailed to the cross. In his arm, a needle awaits the flow of the chemicals that will end his life...

Update (August/September 2010)

After more than several faulty starts preparing this Update, knowing it would be my last as part of the presidency of LCWR, I have come to this simple reflection. It has been quite a journey these past three years, a trip, a pilgrimage of walking on a path with no previous signposts to guide the way.

Summer 2010: Prophetic and Imaginative Leadership


In August 2006, Walter Brueggemann wrote, “In the ancient world of the Old Testament, prophetic imagination ... conjured a better world that extended mercy and justice to the weak and marginalized. In our contemporary world, prophetic imagination can do no less. Its task — neither conservative nor liberal — is to expose and critique the false ideologies of consumer militarism and to propose a better world of neighborly justice and mercy. As in the ancient world, so now in our contemporary world, such practice — rooted in old texts and memories —requires courage, freedom, and daring, nothing less than the work of voicing and enacting the world anew... according to the holiness of God.”

Update (July 2010)

We arrived at the shores of the ocean in Harvey Cedars, New Jersey where we held our most recent meeting of the LCWR executive committee. It was not an easy arrival; rather one that took us through a storm with fierce lightning. Traffic slowed. Drivers were more careful than usual. The evening was humid and warm with little movement of air. 

Update (June 2010)

So many people, events, meetings, and occasions press us for time and attention. Consequently, when we receive invitations to larger and international events, we tend to agonize over the time it will take, the cost, and the stress of travel. Is it worth it in terms of our ongoing formation as leaders of religious congregations

Reducing and Offsetting Our Carbon Footprint (May 2010, Vol. 19, No. 2)

The 2009 LCWR Assembly Resolution calls us to measure and reduce our carbon footprints. The Global Concerns Committee, which had proposed the resolution, agreed to calculate our personal footprints by going to one of the suggested web sites and discussing the results at our fall meeting...

Update (May 2010)

Eastertide… Mary of Magdala, He is risen, He is not here… why do you look for the living among the dead? No tomb-sitters, please!

Message of the Risen Jesus, the challenges of faithfulness and sharing of truth.

Hope, Violence, New Life, Stress, Death, Peace, Hatred, Fear, Promise.Integrity, Truth. Discovery of what is of value. What is worth dying for and what is worth living for.


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