Witness & Grace Conversations: Nuns and Nones

Presented by Annmarie Sanders, IHM, and Brittany Koteles   

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

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An interfaith and intergenerational movement, Nuns and Nones unites Catholic sisters and spiritually-curious millennials in a mutual exchange of creative contemplation, social justice, and community practices. (Some prefer to call it Sisters and Seekers, as not all millennials in the network identify as "none" for their religion.) What began as informal, small-group conversations in late 2016 has flourished into a close-knit and growing movement that engages hundreds of participants across the country in regular, meaningful conversations. While the guiding conversational themes have remained largely unchanged throughout the pandemic, their prescience and relevance amid the rampant anxiety today indicate that the movement is striking a fundamental chord.



Sr. Annmarie Sanders, IHM, serves as the director of communications for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She had previously worked in communications for her congregation (Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scranton, Pennsylvania), Marywood College and in Lima, Peru for Latinamerica Press/Noticias Aliadas. Prior to this she was a medical social worker. She holds a bachelor of social work degree from Marywood College and a master of arts degree in public communications from Fordham University. She offers retreats and presentations on religious life, communications, spirituality, and other topics. She has authored several articles on religious life in America Magazine, Human Development, Review for Religious and other publications, and edited Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times: Presidential Addresses of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (Orbis Books, 2014), Transformational Leadership: Conversations with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (2015), and However Long the Night: Making Meaning in a Time of Crisis (LCWR, 2018).

Brittany Koteles serves on the leadership team of Nuns & Nones, an alliance of spiritually diverse young people and women religious to create prophetic communities of care and contemplation that incite courageous action. Previously, she led the U.S. Fellowship program for Ashoka, a global network of social entrepreneurs. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a writer, facilitator, runner, and improvisor. Raised Catholic but identifying as a seeker, Brittany was drawn to work with sisters because of their radical commitments and their structure of community life, something she feels millennials continue to desire today. She authored Stories of Scale, a collection of case studies about social entrepreneurs in Spain, during her research with ESADE as a Fulbright Scholar. She lives out her calling as auntie and neighbor in her community home, on Potawatomi lands in Milwaukee, WI.

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