During these last six months, I have been searching for a new ministry, one that involves environmental education. The liminal space of not knowing where and what I would be doing is a hard space to be amidst the busyness of writing resumes and cover letters, job searching, and interviews. Yet, I knew I needed to remain in that uncomfortable space. So this spring when I received my copy of the LCWR reflective journal entitled “Avanti!”(Which means “forward” in Italian) many reflections resonated with me.
In May, I had the incredible honor of representing the voices of younger women religious of North America at the triennial meeting of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) in Rome.
Understanding the needs of Sisters in the Giving Voice network into the future has been the focus of the efforts to date under the Hilton Foundation grant. That grant was awarded to GV to help us with planning for our future and identifying the resources we will need organizationally to strengthen our network. The purpose of this article is to provide an update on our progress to date and provide a preview of things to come.
Many of our sisters participated in these efforts to date and have shared their perspectives to create a better understanding of the:
Correction: Giving Voice 2016 appeal letter incorrectly listed Sofia Parker, SJM as one of the GV National speakers. The correct name is Sophia Park, SNJM, Ph.D. Our apologizes to Sr Sophia for the mistake.
The retreat is full! You are welcome to register and we can put you on the waitng list. Are you a Sister in her 40s? REGISTER for our 40s Retreat, August 5 – 7, 2016.
Join us for a weekend of prayer, conversation and laughter at the Giving Voice Biennial 40s Retreat in North Lake, Washington (just outside of Seattle). Registration Fees (includes registration, overnight accommodation and meals) are $200.
This time around, the sisters will be driving through the midwest and the northeast, from the Republican Convention to the Democratic Convention with the message that we must "Mend the Gaps" in our society! Too many people are falling further behind because they aren't able to earn a living wage, and far too many people are excluded from the process altogether because their voting rights aren't protected or they are unable apply for citizenship.
Don't forget that you can read more reflections by younger women religious in the regular Horizons column on Global Sisters Report.
Giving Voice is very thankful to all the women's congregations that have given donations to us so far during the 2015 year. You can find a list of supporting congregations on our website. Without you the work of Giving Voice would not be possible.