Writing Workshops

Handing the pen to sisters: Uganda

Global Sisters Report is not just a news hub. We are also a platform for sisters to find their own voice. "I don't know how to write!" the sisters usually say when they hear about GSR for the first time and we encourage them to write for us. But that's no excuse. For the eighth time, GSR is handing the pen to African sisters, proving that every person is a writer, and every person has a story to tell.

Sharing voices of African sisters

In October, when nearly 150 sisters came together in Nairobi from across Africa for the Hilton Foundation and African Sisters Education Collaborative Convening, most of the time was devoted to exploring the future of sisters and their ministries. But before looking forward, it is essential to look back at the stories that shaped each sister. Global Sisters Report led a writing workshop in Nairobi and, here, the sisters tell their stories.

Sharing voices of sisters in Tanzania and Kenya

There are hundreds of local languages across Africa, filled with sonorous tones that have exact words for the color of the earth after the rain or the time of day when the sun is just peaking over the horizon. To honor the diversity of these languages, Global Sisters Report reached out to non-English-speaking sisters for the first time with a writing workshop in Tanzania that was simultaneously translated into Swahili. Here is some of what they wrote.

Sharing new voices of sisters in Kenya, 5

As Global Sisters Report celebrates our one-year anniversary, we are also celebrating the connections we have made with sisters in Africa. While in Kenya in January, I ran two writing workshops for more than 100 sisters. Here is one final essay about facing the extreme challenges of "where to begin" in ministering to people living in the Kipsongo slum in Kitale diocese. You can read more of sisters' work from these sessions here at the Writing Workshop series page.

Sharing new voices of sisters in Kenya, 4

As Global Sisters Report celebrates our one-year anniversary, we are also celebrating the connections we have made with sisters in Africa. While in Kenya in January, I ran two writing workshops for more than 100 sisters. Here are three more short essays from the sisters who participated. You can read more of sisters' work from these sessions here at the Writing Workshop series page.

Sharing new voices of sisters in Kenya, 3

As Global Sisters Report celebrates our one-year anniversary, we are also celebrating the connections we have made with sisters in Africa. While in Kenya in January, I ran two writing workshops for more than 100 sisters. Here is an insightful reflection from one of the sisters who participated. You can read more of sisters' work from these sessions here at the Writing Workshop series page.

Sharing new voices of sisters in Kenya

As Global Sisters Report celebrates our one-year anniversary, we are also celebrating the connections we have made with sisters in Africa, where women have even less of a voice in the global conversation. In Kenya, due to more widespread Internet usage, sisters are becoming more and more familiar with Global Sisters Report. While in Kenya in January, I ran two writing workshops for more than 100 sisters.

Sharing new voices of sisters in Uganda

One aspect of the mission of Global Sisters Report is providing a place for sisters themselves to speak: about their challenges, success, dreams, hopes and fears. As in Nigeria, most of the sisters I met in Uganda politely declined when I asked them if they’d be interested in writing. Toward the end of my stay, I led another writing workshop to help the sisters put their stories on paper. Here are excerpts from the work of five sisters.

Sharing new voices from Nigerian sisters

On a recent trip to Nigeria, I stayed with the Nigeria Conference of Women Religious, who were holding a personal development program for sisters about to take their final vows. Using the story of Jesus and Simon casting out the net on the Sea of Galilee as a literary guide, GSR ran our first writing workshop there with good results. Here are excerpts from the work of four sisters.