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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.

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.

Update (June 2004)

Rome is still fresh in my mind.

It was a cool Roman April this year with a bit of rain several days.  Usually, the LCWR and the CMSM delegations visit in May.  However, anticipating the InterAmerican Conference in Brazil in May (postponed until 2005), we scheduled our trip in April.   So Mary Ann, Christine, Carole and I, along with the fi ve CMSM offi cers, ventured along the cobblestoned streets to the Vatican offi ces sometimes jointly, more often separately.  We shared prayer and liturgy, and enjoyed meals at small Roman trattatorias.  

Update (May 2004)

Easter “Alleluias” continue to fill the chapel in this time between Easter and Pentecost.  In the space of these days, the presence of the Risen Christ and his Spirit transformed the disciples.  Scripture gives us vivid images of the disciples moving from despair to hope, from sadness to joy, from fear to freedom, from doubt to belief.  This is a pristine moment for the Church to claim her identity as a communio of friendship of one mind and one heart.

Update (April 2004)

Invariably Easter draws me into the company of Mary Magdalen.  Like her, I am inclined to cling with a fierce tenderness to those I love dearly. And, like her, I know the liberating power of letting love spill out, without reserve, on a multitude of persons and situations.  Jesus said to her, “Do not hold on to me. . . but go to my sisters and brothers.  And Mary Magdalen went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord” (John 20: 17-18)

Striving for Fair Trade Opposition to Unjust Trade Agreements (Mar. 2004, Vol. 13, No. 2)

The FTAA is essentially an expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) into Central America, South America and the Caribbean.  NAFTA, a trade agreement between Canada,Mexico and the United States, took effect in 1994 and has devastating effects on working families and the environment.  In the United States where many of our sisters serve in parishes, schools, hospitals, clinics,social services, etc. they have seen thousands of people lose their jobs because the factories have moved to Mexico or another country where labor is cheaper.

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