Winter 2020: Leadership and Moral Imagination
The Winter 2020 issue of Occasional Papers derives its title, Leading with Moral Imagination, from the work of John Paul Lederach. He states that moral imagination “develops a capacity to perceive things beyond and at a deeper level than what initially meets the eye. It has a capacity to give birth to something new that in its very birthing changes our world and the way we see things.” (The Moral Imagination, p. 27) Lederach uses the word “moral” to refer to that which is great and beckons us to rise toward something beyond what is apparent and visible; while he speaks of “imagination” as the art of creating what does not yet exist.
Clearly, this is a time in religious life where we need to keep our focus on that which the world needs that is great but perhaps not yet apparent, as well as on what we, as religious, might help create so as to bring about what the world most needs.
In this issue of Occasional Papers, we explore what this challenge means for those in religious life today. How does the call to lead with moral imagination impact how leadership in religious life is taking place, or how we might like to see it taking place? We know that this type of leadership may differ from religious life leadership that served well in the past. How might we reshape our understandings of leadership and the role of religious life for these times? The issue features an interview with John Paul Lederach, professor emeritus of international peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame.
Pre-Orders must be received by December 20, 2019
The Winter 2020 Occasional Papers will be sent out in January 2020