Sr. Thresiamma Mathew is a women's rights activist and an advocate of gender equality. She has helped some 2,500 women from economically poor families to become professional masons when it was unthinkable to employ female masons in her home state of Kerala, southern India.
The call to accompaniment continually requires significant inner work. Letting go of ego, opening ourselves up to the other, and most importantly, doing the spiritual work that offers us the great gift of staying grounded in God's love, mercy, and joy demands a discipline and a commitment to prayer and truthfulness.
GSR Today - Opus Foundation, Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian prizes highlight two organizations quietly going about the business of improving lives: Mercy Beyond Borders in South Sudan and Haiti and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh.
Good Shepherd is one of many religious congregations that supports a volunteer program, and I was with a diverse group of young adults participating in an orientation process for a year with the Good Shepherd Volunteers. I was a general support presence with limited responsibilities, so my days offered opportunity to reflect on what was happening around me. Why are these young people, only recently liberated from a four-year college structure, entering another program rather than pursuing their independent pathways?
Wielding their power as shareholders to challenge corporations, women religious are teaming up with each other and with other faith groups to ensure companies are water-conscious in their corporate practices. "If one person is speaking to a company, that's one thing. ... When you come to the company, and you have 15 shareholders who are concerned about the issue, it makes a difference.
Global Sisters Report takes a closer look at the OK Clean Water Project and Water With Blessings, two collaborative projects among women religious, both of which empower local leaders to bring drinkable water to the marginalized, giving them the proper tools to be self-reliant.
South Sudan's future is bound up with fear, something on vivid and visceral display at the large United Nations camps outside of the capital of Juba. At the Protection of Civilians, or POC, Camp #3, nearly 40,000 people are congested into an area that is only a quarter-square mile. As people violently uprooted from their homes, they are trapped, afraid to leave the compound.
Colette Parker was excited about the start of the NFL season. But Parker, an associate with the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Ohio, won't be watching her beloved Chicago Bears this fall. Her personal boycott is not because she disagrees with players who are kneeling during the national anthem, though.
For more than four decades, 8th Day Center for Justice has educated others about the oppressive structures operating in their own backyards. Now, 43 years after 8th Day first opened its doors in downtown Chicago, women religious are shepherding the center through its final year — an intentionally monikered "year of gratitude" that kicks off Sept. 30.
Copeland had been set to speak at the Center for Catholic Studies and Interfaith Dialogue at the university sponsored by the Felician Sisters. But her talk was canceled after the Church Militant website targeted her as a "pro-LGBT speaker."
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