Nancy Sylvester is founder and director of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue. She served in leadership of her own religious community, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of Monroe, Michigan, as well as in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Prior to that, she was national coordinator of Network, the national Catholic social justice lobby. You may be interested in the current Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue program, "Enter the Chaos: Engage the Differences to Make a Difference." For information, go to

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This moment needs transformational leaders

Contemplate This - Our future does not need leaders who contribute to increasing breakdown by pretending we can go back. Our future needs transformational leadership that calls forth a renewed sense of altruism.

This moment calls for a new consciousness: embracing diverse worldviews

Contemplate This - We don't often talk about worldviews. Like the air we breathe, we aren't aware of them until something happens to make us stop and examine what we took for granted. All of us view the world with blinders on.

This moment calls for a new consciousness: becoming an anti-racist

Contemplate This - I sense this is a rare opportunity to awaken, to transform our collective consciousness in ways that are more anti-racist. And this means each of us must do our own individual work.

Imagining moving forward as we face a dual pandemic

Contemplate This - Our country is riddled with holes, silos that go deeply into the ground of our collective psyche. For example, there are holes hiding belief in law and order; survival and fear of the other.