Meeting sometimes can be pretty boring!! Not the one we're participating in these days. About 240 of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa and some of our associates are gathered at Green Lake Conference Center in Wisconsin for what we call a General Chapter. A Chapter is an important event in the life of our community. Every five years we gather to review the past five years, decide on our focus for the next five years and elect our leaders to help take us there. In addition, we have a chance to re-connect with one another, pray together, and enjoy one another's company.
Today is Day 3 of 8 days!!! There's lots of energy in the group!! Yesterday, today, and in the days ahead, we are engaged in "sacred conversations," deep listening to one another and speaking from our hearts about what is most important to us. It's through those conversations that we decide our common direction or focus. As we listened to summaries from each table at the end of the day yesterday, these were some of the words that were heard: courage, holy and just society, speak truth in love, what do we have to lose, gospel living, letting go, collective power as women, oneness of all, sustainability, Dominican, and so much more.
We pray "Fire of Love, creating us anew" and ask that you pray with us that we will open ourselves to the Spirit as we continue our conversations and make decisions in the days ahead.
Sr. Mary Ann Nelson, OP