The Winter 2022 edition of Occasional Papers focuses on “The Unknown: A Place of Potential and Possibility.” This issue attempts to provide inspiration and hope as we live in this period where virtually everything feels uncertain and unknown. How might we live and lead non-anxiously at a time when so much of what we might have once assumed would be certain and unchanging is slowly disappearing and while what is ahead is beyond our knowing? What is changing encompasses so much of our lives as we see institutions we thought stable and enduring lose credibility and concepts and constructs that have guided our lives called into question. .
While living into the unknown can be extremely challenging – especially for those tasked with leadership -- this edition of Occasional Papers addresses this reality from a stance of possibility and potential. Can we think of dwelling in the unknown as an opportunity to develop greater wisdom? Can being in the unknown be an experience of freedom that takes us out of our normal ways of perceiving and leads us to new ways? Can not-knowing lead us to paths we may never have chosen to explore when we thought we had answers?
Among the highlights of this issue is an interview with teacher and writer Rabbi Ariel Burger, reflections from leaders who have delved into the realm of the unknown with their religious communities, and insights from several young, culturally-diverse women religious.
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