LCWR

Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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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.

For information on ordering LCWR publications, contact Carol Glidden at cglidden@lcwr.org.

Update (November 2009)

Last year at this time, November 2008, we were immersed in headlines that surrounded us on a daily, if not moment by moment basis. It was the time of the US national election for President and the fall conventions were surprising in their results as well as their cultural shifts. The election of Barack Obama was a turn of the tide in our history as not just age but racial lines were crossed in the search for hope and peace with a “yes, we can” attitude of previous eras.

Choosing Simplicity in a Context of Deep Time - Part 1 (Oct. 2009, Vol. 18, No. 4)

From the perspective of deep time, we see our unity with everything that has come before us. We can see the significant patterns which have guided the natural world,  from its humble beginnings in single cells, through its increasing complexification into the beautiful community of ecosystems, by which Earth continues the elaboration of life expressions as a single living being. All the relationships by which these patterns of life have developed are remembered in the exquisite strands of DNA wrapped within the vessel of every living cell in the totality of Earth’s being.

Update (October 2009)

On August 15 we traveled from the New Orleans LCWR Assembly back to our communities with hearts uplifted by the gracious Spirit of God that consistently prompts us to creative service. We were inspired by the leadership efforts to heal our beleaguered brothers and sisters devastated by Katrina. We heard the stories of our Sisters leading the recovery activities of the city, serving the church with invincible patience at the Vatican, and recreating the stories of our founding Women of Spirit. In deep conversatio, we pondered the current Vatican inquiries into our lives.

Annual Report 2008-09: Midwiving New Life

We have framed our reflections, vision, and directions this year with the challenge of Midwiving a Vibrant Future. At the 2008 assembly Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ reawakened our spiritual call to Climb the Holy Mountains before us in our present reality as religious leaders.

Update (August/September 2009)

In my presentation to the 2008 LCWR national assembly, I spoke of how midwives deliver new life, pass on to others what they have learned, and then step back so that others can lead. The time has come for me to step aside as others step up to lead our conference. As I write my final column, various feelings bubble up, particularly gratitude for the privilege of serving the conference.  

Update (August/September 2009)

In my presentation to the 2008 LCWR national assembly, I spoke of how midwives deliver new life, pass on to others what they have learned, and then step back so that others can lead. The time has come for me to step aside as others step up to lead our conference. As I write my final column, various feelings bubble up, particularly gratitude for the privilege of serving the conference.  

Summer 2009: Creating in Chaos; Unearthing the Potential of Uncertain Times

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When the 2009 LCWR Assembly Planning Committee chose in September of last year to focus the assembly on the chaos of these times, little did they know the additional chaos that awaited! The ground has been shifting dramatically during the ensuing months, making the need to live with trust, hope, and creativity ever more urgent. In this issue of the Occasional Papers, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious calls upon its members and colleagues to offer insights and wisdom on what one writer terms “the balancing act of exercising non-anxious leadership without holding out false or premature security.” The writers suggest that these rapidly changing times may be just the impetus vowed religious need to find even deeper and more meaningful ways of living our charism and mission. They also offer invaluable suggestions for how leaders may bring their institutes to these new places.

Choosing Simplicity in a Context of Deep Time - Part 1 (Jul. 2009, Vol. 18, No. 3)

Carbon-offsets, ecological footprint, peak oil, global climate change, habitat loss, levels of toxicity…the list goes on and on. How are we to respond to these new dimensions of an ethical imperative which is core to the life of a vowed religious attempting to give witness to the presence of God in history?

Update (July 2009)

The work of leadership these past six months has had a unique and historical challenge with the announcement of the Apostolic Visitation of women’s congregations by The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) and the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF)

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