Be a part of the 2018-19 The Life panel

Imagine creating a panel of 20 sisters from all over the world and from many different religious congregations. And then imagine asking them questions (from the lighthearted to the complex) about their lives from the standpoint of their own cultures and congregational charisms.

We did! It's called The Life. And we had so much fun last year that we are going to do it again. Our 2017-18 panel — with sisters from Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Oceania — shared their thoughts and expertise in the popular monthly feature.

We want to recruit another group of panelists for 2018-19, beginning in June. The commitment is for one year. During that year, we will ask you to submit a written response of 250 to 400 words about four times. You will receive a onetime honorarium for your participation, but best of all, you will enjoy being part of a global collaboration.

Here's how The Life works: Every month, GSR will pose a question on spirituality, formation, ministry, leadership or other topics. You don't have to write a response every month, just three to four times a year. You can also suggest a question for our panelists.

We hope to find some new voices for GSR, but we also invite sisters who have written for us to consider participating.

If you would like to be considered for the panel, send an email to with the following by March 23:

  • Your contact information
  • A brief description of your ministry and background (you can include a resume or CV if you have one)
  • A writing sample of 250 to 400 words on the following topic: Describe a key lesson you have learned from your work or life as a sister. (This could be in your personal, spiritual, or ministerial life.)

The selection committee will choose sisters from a variety of communities, geographical areas, ages, and ministry backgrounds. Panelists will be notified of their selection by the end of April.

We think this is one way to meet our goal of fostering the global sisterhood in pursuit of a better world. Apply, nominate someone else as a potential panelist, or send questions you would like for us to pose for the panel to

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