At CNWE’s National Conference 2015 (May 29-31, Toronto), CNWE members continued the process of developing a Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Core Values. These new statements, ratified at our AGM on June 1, will serve to shape our way forward.
VISION Justice and equality for all persons manifested in word and action in the Catholic church and throughout the world.
MISSION As a Canadian organization, we connect, support and represent people who seek justice for all the baptized within the Catholic church, for women throughout the world and for all of creation.
Core values: inclusivity, creativity, celebration, solidarity, compassion, collaboration, dialogue
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