GSR Today - Sisters are constantly on the front lines of justice issues and are extremely effective in creating systemic change. This is true historically and continues to be true today.
African women want to heal their continent of its many afflictions, but are beset by the cultural and religious practices that harm them and force them into the role of healer, even when they need healing themselves.
At a recent dinner for persons of color, we shared the experience of overcoming racial dynamics that exist within predominantly white religious institutions. All of us had experienced times when white people would rather see our faces than hear our voices.
Catholic women religious at the United Nations are decrying the use of apparent use of chemical weapons by Syria against civilians, including children, while warning that the airstrikes carried out April 14 by the United States and some of its allies in response could bring more retaliation.
Direct action is just one part of any campaign. Legislative lobbying, op-ed columns and careful essays like Dr. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" all work together to gain the prize.
Speakers at the "Daughters of Wisdom: Women and Leadership in the Global Church" conference at DePaul University in Chicago are themselves evidence of women already exercising leadership in academia, religious life, and social and environmental justice organizations around the world. "We are very powerful," said Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe. "The truth is that without women, the church cannot stand."
Sister for Christian Community Alison McCrary, the executive director of the National Police Accountability Project, laughs when she explains how she came to be a lawyer and a Catholic sister. "It's really just listening to the Spirit's invitation," she said. "None of it was ever planned."
GSR Today - It's hard to describe the atmosphere of events like the two-week meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. They are by turns festive, challenging and exhausting; you cannot possibly take in every event, every forum, every panel discussion related to the challenges women face.
Patriarchal norms and culture in the Indian church and society shackle women religious, one sister said. "I was not ordained like my brother because I happened to be born as a girl. Is my consecration as a religious less valuable?"
GSR Today - The Burlingame Sisters of Mercy have a long history of openness to people seeking refuge in the United States. In 2018, they are hosting gatherings, prayer services and actions as part of a Year of Solidarity and Outreach to connect with and support people who are victims of hate and discrimination.
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