GSR Today


 

Holy Land's religious talk openly on hierarchy, charism at encounter events

Notes from the Field – I participated in four encounters held by the Union of Religious of the Holy Land. We analyzed a Vatican letter on the relationship between the church's hierarchial and charismatic gifts. Women and men religious from throughout the region shared their experience with the hierarchy, and discussed diversity and inclusion.

Sister shares stories of brutality in Congo, hopes awareness will bring help

GSR Today - The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo is a crisis; sisters are doing what they can to help save people, especially orphans, amid the burning of villages, brutalization and rape of women, militias' conscription of children, and the targeting of Catholic convents, schools and clinics.

We own nice

See for Yourself - Can you imagine having two different work crews for the same job, one "nice" and one "not so great?" During a lunch break at a recent conference, I had the chance to chat with one of the event planners. Because the lunch items were just delicious and so nicely presented, I wanted to thank the planners.

Paying attention

See for Yourself - As I was organizing music for the inter-faith Christian Sunday afternoon service in the chapel of a local physical therapy and rehab center, an older couple walked in. Lou was pushing his wife, Anna, in a wheelchair. They came over to the piano where I was and asked, "Is there a church service this afternoon?"