This past week the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) expressed their commitment to continued prayerful and open diaglogue with the Vatican delegation charged with oversight of their organization.
According to a statement issued from LCWR, the assembly of 900 women religious leaders who had gathered in St. Louis articulated their "belief that religious life, as it is lived by the women religious who comprise LCWR [nearly 80 percent of all women religious], is an authentic expression of this life that must not be compromised. The theology, ecclesiology, and spirituality of the Second Vatican Council serve as the foundation of this form of religious life – and while those who live it must always be open to conversion – this life form should not be discounted.
"The members reiterated the importance and value of LCWR’s mission to its members and its role as a voice for justice in the world."
Tools for navigating change in the church and the world were suggested by outgoing LCWR president Sister Pat Farrell, OSF: "Contemplation, use of the prophetic voice, solidarity with the marginalized, community, nonviolent responses, and the capacity to live in joyful hope."
Those are certianly tools we can all use as we make our way in the world and find our place in the church.