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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 2005)

“…you have become obedient from the heart…” -- Romans 6: 18

As I read this phrase, I heard an invitation to listen deeply to myself so as to learn obedience from my heart. I realized that, after a series of major presentations, my inner well of creativity was pretty empty. And the question arose – What do I/we do when our well is empty? How can I/we be obedient to our call to leadership from the heart, even in times of emptiness

Update (October 2005)

These are apocalyptic times. First, the tsunami with more than 300,000 dead or missing visited our globe. Fishing villages disappeared and a people’s way of life changed forever. Our hearts were moved and the day after Christmas last year was not about gifts but about reaching out beyond our borders to victims. Why such destruction visited a poor people was the question that haunted our minds as we set out to donate to the relief effort. Today, the people who survived are frightened by the sounds of crashing waves, and terrified to return to their village and old way of life by the sea.

Update (August/September 2005)

This is the time of year for many transitions.  Many of you have or are completing your ministry of leadership and moving on to other endeavors!  Many are entering into this ministry and are experiencing the steep learning curve that comes with the job!  Whether you are serving for the first time or as a “recycled” leader, you are beginning a journey into an unknown future with your sisters and colleagues.

Update (July 2005)

It is wisdom to pause,
to look back and seeby what straight or twisting paths
we have arrived at the place
we find ourselves.

-- Mother Xavier Ross, Foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth

I write this, my last Update column, with gratitude, cognizant of the many blessings and opportunities I received these past three years.

Daily Reflection Book 2005: In the Sound of the Gentle Breeze -Creating Peace in Violent Times

$4.00

The 2005 reflection book focused on peacemaking.

Copies are still available for sale for $4.00. Bulk rates are also available. For more information on the 2005 and 2006 reflection books, contact Carol Glidden at cglidden@lcwr.org.

Update (June 2005)

It wasn’t Pentecost when the InterAmerican Conference gathered in Brazil.  The wind and fire were not evident.  The chatter and cacophony English, French, Spanish and Portuguese filled the hallways, the dining room and auditorium as we discussed the issues before us.  The gift of understanding each person who spoke in his or her native tongue was painfully absent.  Even with translation, we did not receive the full communication of the emotion and passion that words in one language could not convey in another.

Privatization of Water (Jun. 2005, Vol. 14, No. 3)

More than a billion people in the world lack access to clean water. More than two billion do not have adequate sanitation. Pollution, waste, depletion and a rapidly growing human population are contributing to a global water crisis. On our present path, by 2025, nearly two-thirds of the world’s population will experience serious or severe water shortages. Whole eco-systems, dependent on water, will suffer devastating effects...

Update (May 2005)

It is Wednesday and I am sitting in my room in Rome.  Outside are the sounds of traffic and sirens and, I know without looking, that there are streams of people heading towards St. Peter’s Square.  Later on, I will wander through the streets to be part of the crowd of people coming to be part of this historic event of the death and burial of Pope John Paul II.  The line waiting to view the body was very long last night – 20-deep, mashed together, down the street from St. Peter’s Square for six blocks, around the block and all the way back.

Gospel Nonviolence in a Violent World (Apr. 2005, Vol. 14, No. 2)

Each day we experience violence of all kinds: bombings and other terrorism, a pre-emptive war policy, a national budget that tramples the poor, murders by school children, domestic violence, diseases that could be avoided, trafficking of women and children.  Is nonviolence possible?  If not us -- who?  If not now, when?

Update (April 2005)

It’s been cold.   Winter cold.  Yet with just a few hours of sunshine and warmer weather the tulip leaves are breaking through the dark, chilled ground.  An unmistakable sign of spring.  It is that time, each year, when I am surprised by the beauty of new life.

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