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.

Clean Energy — A Tricky Business with Possibilities (Oct. 2008, Vol. 17, No. 3)

Is your response denial, despair or hope when you pay $4 a gallon for gas, see food costs continue to rise, and daily hear of the uncertain, fl uctuating economy? In the United States all are tied to increased energy needs that historically have been dependent on cheap, readily available fossil fuels.  Transportation uses 37% of our energy while production of electricity requires 40% more to sustain our lifestyle.  We are, in fact, only one-fi fth of the world’s human population but use 23% of the global energy diet (World Population Organization).

Update (October 2008)

Over the course of this summer many of us, as individuals or as congregations and organizations, have been through some major transitions. LCWR, too, has had major changes and this summer’s assembly process has set the stage for more.

Annual Report 2007-08 - The Next Frontier: Religious Life at the Edge of Tomorrow

The theme of this annual report, The Next Frontier: Religious Life at the Edge of Tomorrow, engenders a certain optimism and hope among us, the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. There is something about being on the frontier that stirs imagination, shakes one out of “settling in,” and encourages one to shed what is no longer needed. 

What a gift it is to witness the commitment and courage of so many pioneers like you, the leaders who live on the edge of something new!

Update (August/September 2008)

Almost three years ago I was “elected into” one of the most remarkable experiences of my life—the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. From my perspective, the only appropriate theme for my last letter is “thank you."

Cherish Earth’s Wetlands (Jul 2008, Vol. 17, No. 3)

Katrina. The word makes me shudder, makes my heart race in fear and rage. I don’t remember a lot about the hurricane that day … just fear, confusion, and hopelessness. After reaching safety through the love and compassion of so many friends and strangers, rage began to consume me as I learned of the horrendous toll on human lives and God’s creation, some of which could have been prevented. There are many questions we hadn’t seriously considered before then. I hope we do now. 

Update (July 2008)

In the October 2006 issue of LCWR Update, Carole Shinnick wrote an article entitled “Did You Ever Thank the Angels In Your Life?” As I write this column, I am aware of an “angel” who will transition out of her position as executive director of LCWR after our August assembly. Carole has given a total of nine years to LCWR, six years as executive director and the prior three years as secretary of LCWR. As you read my reflection, I invite you to pause to appreciate this “angel” in our lives.

Update (June 2008)

In the May issue of Update you found coverage of the LCWR officers’ meetings with Vatican officials in Rome. The written word gave an excellent overview of the sessions. The colorful photos included some of the women and men with whom we met and also shared informal time together.

Update (May 2008)

In early April the LCWR presidency and executive director, along with the executive committee of CMSM, traveled to Rome for our annual visit to the Vatican offices. Perhaps because this was my last visit, I was more conscious of the Scripture readings as our small “community of believers” gathered to celebrate Eucharist each day. Over the course of the week, we prayed over and listened to vivid stories of post-Resurrection encounters and the struggles of an emerging church.

US Impact on Global Economic Justice Through the Lens of Catholic Social Teaching (Apr. 2008, Vol. 17, No. 2)

The presidential election campaigns are focused mainly on domestic issues such as the state of the economy, the housing crisis, and healthcare reform.  Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and global climate change are on the public radar screen, but unfortunately, few of the many other key global economic justice issues are.  

Update (April 2008)

This is an exciting time for my community as we partner with a developer to renovate our motherhouse and to develop our land into the Village of St. Mary’s. Having explored a variety of alternatives for our future, historic designation of our buildings and senior housing tax credits will enable us to remain on our property and open up our space to others. We are well on the way to creating a master plan for the use of our land.

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