GSR Today - Kansas City's annual Blisters for Sisters celebrates sisters and raises a little money for the Serra Club. From the 174 sisters in attendance at this year's walk/run and more, I encountered sisters from around the world — a microcosm of religious life today.
See for Yourself - "Where is everybody going?" One cruise. Two vacations. Two retiree trips. One trip home. I looked out the window imploringly, wishing by now we were already at the terminal. Should I make up something exotic?
Notes from the Field: Veterinary technician Songé Sengela gives interactive formation sessions for families who receive goats as part of the Caritas goat program in Haiti's Gros Morne parish. Participants who follow her advice raise healthier animals that will sell for a better price at the Friday animal market in Gros Morne.
See for Yourself - "My only aspect for improvement would be the color choices. I'm tired of the usual black, white, and silver choices. What's wrong with sunny yellow or even hot pink?"
NCR Preview: A few years back I gave myself permission to get angry at other drivers. Later, on a dark and rainy night, I shocked myself at how mad I was at some unknown and seemingly very confused person. I resolved then to withdraw that permission to myself to rage and fume.
Getting to know a distinct culture is possible for outsiders, providing they are willing to do the work. So I entered into my work researching sisters with the expectation that I was perfectly capable of understanding this world, although it would take time to learn enough about it to write capably and confidently.
In Conversation - Immaculate Heart of Mary Sr. Annmarie Sanders of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and Betty Thompson of Solidarity with Sisters discuss their new book, However Long the Night: Making Meaning in a Time of Crisis.
See for Yourself - I pulled into the church parking lot and was relieved to see quite a few cars. This boded well for me getting into church early, I thought.
GSR Today - Global Sisters Report staff and contributors received seven awards for editorial excellence from the Associated Church Press last week during the organization's annual meeting in Chicago. Two more recent awards came from the Religion Communicators Council.
Notes from the Field - The communal section of Pendus is rural and reaching it can mean multiple modes of transportation and an entire day of travel. But when I talk to people there, I find they are amazingly mobile, connected to the larger cities in Haiti and to countries across the ocean.