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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 (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)

Update (March 2004)

As the month of March comes this year, I am mindful of March 2003 when President Bush issued his ultimatum to Iraq.  As I review these past months enmeshed in conflict, I question where we are a year later, personally, nationally, and internationally.  Prior to the declaration of war,LCWR, nationally and locally, used every means we could to advocate for no armed conflict.

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.

Update (February 2004)

The political rhetoric is filling the air from the Primaries to the State of the Union speech.  So many promises yet our society has a sense of having been betrayed and trust is withheld.  Our faith is challenged by aworld filled with war and alienation, a world in which people are broken and enslaved by poverty and unjust structures.  For people who believe, it is a call to engagement and commitment to bring hope to a people and to our time. Life does not have to be arranged so that a few prosper and many suffer.

Update (January 2004)

January begins with a “star rising in the East.”What if we revisioned the story of theEpiphany in the context of the universe story and imagined the “star rising in theEast” as the sunrise really seen for the first time?  Gazing at the rising sun-star,we are compelled to stay with it finding ourselves led into a place of consciousness so brilliant that it appears as dark asa cave.

Reverencing the Earth (Jan. 2004, Vol. 13, No. 1)

“Sacred is the call, awesome indeed the entrustment. Tending the holy. Tending the holy.” How do we continue to move beyond these lyrics to a change in our patterns of action? The August 2003 LCWR national assembly grounded us in the reality of the sacred enterprise in which we exist not as dominators of creation but as participants in a cosmic story.  Does our participation reverence the earth or is it characterized by an addictive over-consumption, which depletes Earth’s non-renewable resources?

Update (December 2003)

It is November in Kansas, and the approach of winter surrounds us as winds and falling temperatures invade our days, and the sun slowly sinks earlier and earlier. We anticipate the Advent days of darkness and waiting.

Update (November 2003)

More than 100 representatives of religious communities and organizations traveled on September 23 by car, bus, bike, train, plane and Metro to walk the halls of Congress and urge their congressional representatives to close the SOA/WHISC.  In more than 200 visits, participants pressed the issue in conversations which many had started in their home district.  LCWR, in the person of Marie Lucey, OSF, associate director for social mission, made five visits, the responses to which ran the gamut from skepticism, to lack of knowledge, to firm support.

Update (October 2003)

Participants in the 2003 LCWR national assembly entered into profound reflection on their call as religious leaders to tend the holy of God’s creation.

Trafficking of Women and Children (Oct. 2003, Vol. 12, No. 3)

In May 2001 the members of the International Union of Superiors General declared their commitment to address the “trafficking of women which has become a lucrative multi-national business.  ”At their joint  national assembly in August 2001, LCWR and CMSM passed a resolution calling members to oppose the trafficking of women and children and  educate others regarding the magnitude, causes and consequence of this abuse.

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