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2017 CNWE Conference

Eleanor McCloskey, CND

2017 CNWE Conference was held May 26-29 at St. Paul University in Ottawa. Over 50 keeners from all across the country spent the weekend exploring the broad theme of Honouring the Past, Keeping Faith in the Present and Shaping the Future. The keynote speaker was Sister Christine Schenk, CSJ, founder of Future Church. Sister Christine is also known for her writing and for her work efforts to have Medicaid extended and expanded to include low-income women and children. ( Jessica Heatherington spoke on "More than Care for Creation: Ecotheology and Churches into the Future.” She had some deep questions to offer: What does resurrection look like in a world that promotes massive deforestation and continues ocean pollution? Earth is being crucified. Louise Courville shared her research of courageous women of faith in past times, emphasizing Saint Mary Magdalen, and Sainte Marie de l'Incarnation, intense mystic and artist. Joelle Morgan spoke of “Settler Christians: Facing the Colonial Wound.”

Our divided sessions offered rich choices and voices: “Women Religious Insights on Gender (In) Justice,” “Working for Church: Reform at Home - and in Rome,” “Sex, Gender and Cyberviolence,” “Women's Contributions to the Second Vatican Council,” and more.

After 36 years in Canada, CNWE is now envisioning a restructuring process to respond to new times and new opportunities. 


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