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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 (March 2005)

There must be something in the monastic gene pool that enables us to embrace Lent each year as a sure part of our journey to God.  Benedict in his rule tells us, “The life of a monastic ought to be a continuous Lent.” (RB49:1)  He goes on to explain that few would have the strength for such a rigorous life, so we should, at minimum, use the season of Lent to our advantage.  There are definite behavioral expectations:  adding to our prayer, our reading, abstaining from food and drink, time in silence and lectio beyond the ordinary measure.

Millennium Development Goals: The Promise of a Better World (Feb. 2005, Vol. 14, No. 1)

In 2000, 189 countries of the world signed the United Nations Millennium Declaration.  This was an historic moment and set forth an ambitious agenda for improving the lives of the world’s poorest citizens by 2015 through a joint effort of developing and developed nations. The MDGs are a set of measurable goals and targets for combating poverty, hunger and disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.

Update (February 2005)

…all moments are key moments,and life itself is grace.

When I find a penny on the ground, I pick it up as a sign of God’s blessings coming in small, everyday events.  Sometimes it’s an actual penny, sometimes it’s a phrase that tips me into a new economy of grace.  The penny I picked up before Christmas was a question posed by Don Goergen, OP, in the November InFormation newsletter  – What or who is my center? 

Update (January 2005)

The New Year is, for me, an opportunity to remember and to anticipate.

Reflecting on the past year, I remember the opportunities and the challenges we faced as a conference.  The challenges were many, some more prominent than others.  I am sure each of us could list and comment on their importance from our own perspectives. 

Earth Charter: Incorporate the Principles of the Earth Charter Into Your Justice Agenda (Dec. 2004, Vol. 13, No. 4)

Throughout the past decade congregations have begun to participate in the marvelous story of our universe with new understandings. We have, with the new knowledge brought forth by scientists, environmentalists and theologians, become much more aware of our relationship with Earth. We are part of Earth, not apart from it. We have come to understand and believe in our interconnectedness as a human family with all of creation. This new understanding has helped us to use a new lens when we look at our world.

Update (December 2004)

The Advent-Christmas season situates our life between memory and hope.  In the scriptures we are reminded of how God has broken into our world and into our lives. God’s coming brings light where there once was darkness, ends captivity and sets a people free.  Our monastic community gathers each Saturday evening in Advent for Vigil.  Our chapel is almost completely dark except for the candles of the Advent wreath and a small light at the ambo where one of us will give a reflection.  We sing the psalms by heart or repeat after a cantor.  We listen to God’s Word.

Update (November 2004)

Here in Minnesota, we cherish every nice day from May through October, knowing that winter will soon come. This state, which has one of the shorter growing seasons, is one that has very high sales of garden plants and supplies. We make the most of the beautiful days and enjoy the growth and color of plants more because we know they will pass away shortly.

Update (October 2004)

I recall fondly our time together in Fort Worth, remembering our communal expression in words, in song, and in the silence of our being, of our deepest longing for peace with justice.

Update (August/September 2004)

Ours is a world of change and challenge. We have audaciously claimed by the title of our joint assembly that “we are no longer bystanders.”  We can lament what is lost in our church and our world or we can be transformed by grace and become bearers of hope.  By our willingness to name the sins of our times, we make a commitment to bring the Gospel and our voices to speak to the present moment with all its promise and poverty.

Wal-Mart: Our Concerns and Response (Jun. 2004, Vol. 14, No. 3)

Wal-Mart operates more than 4,400 discount stores throughout the United States. The company reported sales of $256 billion and employed 1.4 million people in fiscal 2003. The mega-corporation is the largest employer in the world.  If it were an independent nation, it would be China’s eighth-largest trading partner. In its efforts to become the world’s largest retailer, the company has encounter many criticisms for its human rights violations, racial and gender discrimination, and its disregard for workers, among many other issues.

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