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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.

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.

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.

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