Recently I had the opportunity to travel to Kenya and Tanzania as part of a team from Microfinancing Partners in Africa (MPA) because I serve on its advisory board. Microfinancing Partners in Africa was started by Sr. Toni Temporiti, a Sister of the Most Precious Blood, to provide some funding for microfinancing programs in several African countries. Now the non-profit organization is working with African sisters to start new projects.
It's time again to consider civil disobedience. When does it have power and meaning? Is it ever effective? What elements go into the planning? What are the penalties, and what are the benefits?
Indian theologian Kochurani Abraham was a member of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but "an ideological gap" led her to leave: "The critical feminist sensibilities I had developed over the years made me see God, human relations, the church and mission in a different light."
Maryknoll Sr. Helen Graham was raised in New York but has served in the Philippines for the past 49 years, primarily teaching theology, often to religious in formation. "Studying theology and Scripture gives you a stronger foundation for what you're doing. You're not just a nun with a habit on."
Rwanda is a beautiful country, with hills as far as the eye can see. The complicated history and widespread government control are a bit more difficult to see, hovering just beneath the surface of Rwanda's status as the 'poster child of Africa.'
GSR Today - What good does the United Nations do? Even those who admire the U.N. and advocate for its work — like the many Catholic sisters at the U.N. — ask the question.
GSR Today - At the recent Justice Conference of Women Religious, you could have bottled the energy among more than 150 avid seekers of justice and eliminated several coal-fired power plants.
An energetic crowd of over 100 people celebrated National Catholic Sisters Week at an intergenerational seminar, "Race and Grace: Let's Talk About It," on March 12 at Mount Augustine in Richfield, Ohio. The event was one of over 150 held nationally March 8-14 to celebrate the contributions of Catholic sisters.
GSR Today - Women, particularly Catholic women religious, bring special passion and zeal to the work of the United Nations. This will be apparent during this week's 61st meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women, which runs through March 24 in New York.
Sr. Simone Campbell suggests that senior clergy at the Vatican are more preoccupied with power than confronting issues that affect the faithful, like clerical sexual abuse. "These men worry more about the form and the institution than about real people," says the Sister of Social Service.
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