Giving Voice Monthly E-Newsletter – February 2012

I made an online retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault last November. Her insights often led me to unexpected places within myself. I picked up her book, The Wisdom Jesus, and have happily found myself turned upside down by some of her words like these: "Anyone who is willing to take up the burden of the much more difficult task–not the manageable complexity of rules and regulations, but the unmanageable simplicity of being present to your life in love–that person is walking the path of Jesus." Those of us on the Giving Voice core team have found that opting for the often unmanageable simplicity, although more challenging, is key to welcoming the future of Giving Voice. We are committed to taking the time to listen to what younger women religious are saying and allow that to shape the spaces we are creating for the emerging of religious life in the 21st century. Here are some of the ways this is happening for us right now: