Drawn By Sacred Mystery: A Journey Into Hope
Religious life leaders are working with a vast array of challenges today that include exploring new collaborative and partnership opportunities, imagining new expressions of mission, envisioning religious life into the future, attending to changing structures, assuring the care of their members, pondering new approaches to institute leadership and governance, and more. In this LCWR assembly, participants looked at these realities through a cosmic lens. How does our story fit with what is evolving and emerging in the larger universe and how might we draw hope from all that we are seeing and learning? How might we grow in our awareness of the sacred mystery that surrounds us and trust its movement within our own lives and the lives of our institutes?
Set in a context that honored and highlighted the presence of sacred mystery, the assembly provided prayer and liturgy, input from speakers, processing at tables, breakout sessions to explore areas of interest for leaders today, and a presentation on Hildegard of Bingen and leadership. Participants engaged in processes designed specifically to lead to a transformation of consciousness in order to contribute to the creation of a more just world.
Assembly Recordings and Texts
The following resources are available below:
- A written summary of the assembly
- Recording and text in English and Spanish from the presentation by Brian Thomas Swimme
- Recording and text in English and Spanish of the LCWR presidential address by Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP
- Recording and text in English and Spanish from presentations by Barbara E. Reid, OP and Jung Eun Sophia Park, SNJM
- Recording of the Wisdom Circle: A Reflection on the Emerging Future Breakout Sessions
- Materials from the Emerging Future Breakout Sessions (to come)
- Recording of conversation between Jung Eun Sophia Park, SNJM and Barbara Reid, OP
- Recording of the tribute to the 2023 LCWR Outstanding Leadership Award recipient Donna Markham, OP and the text of her acceptance remarks in English and Spanish (to come)
Reports from the eight breakout sessions as well as some additional resources are available by clicking here.