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Q & A with Sr. Jayne Helmlinger, new president-elect of Leadership Conference of Women Religious

At LCWR's 2018 annual assembly, St. Joseph Sr. Jayne Helmlinger became president-elect. Speaking with GSR, Helmlinger said that while in leadership, she'll combine her community's charism — "Unity in Reconciliation" — with her "ability to think systemically." She told GSR she is eager to connect LCWR with the rest of the world and reimagine the conference to fit a globalized future.

'Clout that comes with sisterhood': final notes from the 2018 LCWR assembly

GSR Today - The four days the Leadership Conference of Women Religious spent in St. Louis included a discussion of how to abolish the death penalty, reflections on diversity and asking hard questions about racist pasts, and a fidget spinner. Here are some more snippets we couldn't include in our full coverage of the assembly.

LCWR wraps up assembly with reflection on the Trinity and diversity

On the final day of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly Aug. 10, sisters explored the diversity within the image of God and lessons for religious life, marched to the Old Courthouse in St. Louis and bore witness against systemic racism, and honored Daughter of the Heart of Mary Sr. Anita Baird, the first black recipient of LCWR's Outstanding Leadership Award.

Sr. Teresa Maya challenges LCWR assembly to go forth amid changing times

In her presidential address at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly, Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word Teresa Maya told attendees a " 'change of epoch' is upon us in full force." She specified sisters' challenges — leading as a community regardless of numbers, working with younger sisters and confronting institutional racism — and instructed them to reach beyond with "eyes of faith."

'Time for togetherness': National Black Sisters' Conference celebrates 50 years, honors founder

The National Black Sisters' Conference celebrated its 50th anniversary Aug. 1 by honoring its founder, Patricia Grey. "The Holy Spirit was working through me. I was just the vessel," Grey said, at the closing banquet of a joint conference of several black clergy and religious groups.