Judi Neal proclaimed at the Dominican Sisters Conference Convocation in Chicago recently, that "Edgewalkers are people who have learned to walk between the visible and invisible worlds, and who are bridge builders who link different paradigms, cultures, and realities." (Read more on the first DSC Convocation). As Sr. Amy McFrederick and I travel to meet with Associates groups, we declare that there is real evidence that Dominican Associates of Peace in mission with the Sisters are edgewalkers in their work, family lives, community engagements, and participation in Associates life. Dominican Associates in states across the country, New Zealand, and in mission visits to other countries live lives of courageous thinking and action as they listen, draw near, and hear their God speaking. It is a blessed invitation to be called to the edge and live as Jesus did who, in Timothy Radcliff's words, was a "difficult, disconcerting chap" to many in His time!
One clear advantage that Dominican Associates of Peace have in our growing presence and participation, both with the Sisters and many times as individuals, is the Dominican community supporting us by their witness and prayer. We use our website, www.oppeace.org, to communicate the diversity of our ministries, active engagement in current issues, and study resources to inform our thinking. We have joint committee conference calls and in-person meetings to increase solidarity in our efforts. Email consultation facilitates statement/document development, quick updates, and easy interaction among Sisters and Associates. Then to be sensitive to those without the technology, we provide updates and information exchange through personal telephone calls and letters.