Women Rising: Shaping a Way Forward is the theme of CNWE’s twentieth national conference to be hosted at Seneca College in Toronto this coming weekend, May 29-31, 2015. The conference planning committee is excited to welcome members from far across the country and nearer to Toronto.
The weekend will include prayer, song, dance, workshops on domestic violence, deliberations about our mission and vision, the annual general meeting and lots of time to renew relationships.
Things get started on Friday night at 7:00 pm with a keynote address by Sally Armstrong.
In preparation for the Synod in Rome in October, CNWE members are sharing their reflections on Catholic Family Life with their local clergy. These reflections are based on a process of reflection on our personal experiences of family, many of which are articulated in a report that was shared with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops last year. To read the report, please click CNWE Reflections on Family Life Final.
CNWE members from Toronto, Peterborough and Sudbury came out last night for the world premiere of ‘Radical Grace’, a fantastic documentary about Simone Campbell, Christine Schenk and Jean Hughes, three women religious who tell their stories of working for justice, health care and women’s full participation in the church while under the shadow of the Vatican’s investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) for among other spurious claims, their ‘radical feminism’. The Vatican has just recently announced the end of their oversight of LCWR – two years early. Read more about the film here and plan to attend one of the screenings on Thursday April 30 at 4:30 and Friday May 1 at 3:30 at TIFF. Tickets at www.hotdocs.ca
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2015, the Vatican hosted a panel discussion. The panel was moderated by Deborah Rose-Milavec, the executive director of Future Church and included theologians Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala of India and Dr. Tina Beattie of the UK, former diplomat Ulla Gudmonsson of Sweden and journalist Gudrun Sailer.
For a full transcript of the discussion click here.