The Life - Too far away. Too close. Culture or charism? Church changes. Lifestyle changes. Holding preferences lightly. The panelists relate what they found most difficult about religious life, both when they entered community and — for some — even now. Influences of culture, of charism, of age all play a role. They addressed this question: What was your most challenging adjustment to religious life?
The Life is a monthly feature about the unique, challenging and very specific lives of women religious around the world. The format is simple: GSR poses a question and publishes responses from several sisters who are part of a panel of 20. Read more about the project.
The Life - This month, the panelists consider the unique charisms of their particular congregations and discuss how their individual ministries reflect that charism. They addressed this question: How does your personal ministry reflect your congregation's charism?
GSR Today - We set up The Life to further the global sisterhood by sharing approaches and solutions in pursuit of a better world. Twenty sisters from around the world share their thoughts and expertise by answering a question posed to the panel each month. What would you like to ask them?
The Life - Liturgy. Togetherness. Soccer. Devotions. Food. Customs. Charitable actions. This month, sisters around the world let us peek into their homes and convents to see how they celebrate Advent or Christmas with customs and celebrations characteristic of their different communities and countries.
The Life - New roles. Social analysis. Diversification. Growth and decline. Collaboration. Freedom. Widened horizons. The Life panelists discuss the creative ways the ministries of their congregations are evolving and how they are moving to ministries of presence, empowerment and systemic change — yet in all their ministries, they see the persistence of their charism.
The Life - Silence. Community. Nature. Prayer. Scripture. Music. Journaling. This month, the panelists share their own coping mechanisms for the stresses of their life and ministry. As religious deal with trauma globally, they have found ways to stay focused on their missions.
The Life - Openness to cultures. Psychological shifts. Economic differences. Succession planning. Forgiveness. This month our sister-panelists from all over the world speculate on the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing demographics of religious life, as the shift from global North to South becomes more evident. They addressed this question: What challenges and opportunities do you see as leadership shifts from the global North to the global South?
The Life - Collaboration against trafficking. Speaking out on national issues. Sharing formation resources and promoting vocations. In this month's installment of GSR's feature about the lives of women religious around the world, our panelists write about how they are networking within their communities and among congregations and how this collaboration enriches and supports their life and ministry.
The Life - Good coffee. A walk in the bush. A catechism class for sixth-graders. But also prayer, parish visits and cherished time spent in community. In this latest installment of The Life, our global panel of sisters talk about how Sundays become days of physical and spiritual rejuvenation, of dreaming and visioning.
The Life - Since its start three years ago, Global Sisters Report has provided a forum to "give voice" to women religious from around the world. We're taking that part of our mission a step further in a new monthly feature called The Life, an international panel of 20 sisters who write short reflections on various topics. The second anniversary of Pope Francis' environmental encyclical Laudato Si' inspires the first question for women religious from around the world in GSR's new feature.
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