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Dominican Sisters of Peace is a US-based congregation of Catholic Dominicans that includes about 600 Sisters and 500 Associates living and serving in 37 states and in eight additional countries. As part of the worldwide Order of Preachers (Order of St. Dominic), the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace strive to preach the Gospel of Christ Jesus through word and action, serving God's people in many ministerial areas, including education, health care, spirituality, pastoral care, prison ministry, and care of creation, among others.

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The Gift of Dominican Collaboration

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One of the privileges of being the justice promoter for the community is the opportunity to meet with justice promoters from the midwest and south each year. This provides a forum to share experiences, ideas, and goals around a number of justice concerns. This year we met at the Motherhouse of the Houston Dominicans and focused on immigration reform, human trafficking, and economic justice and participated in the Dominican Sisters Conference web seminar, "What is Earth Asking of the Order?"

Everyone came away not only with the challenges each of these justice concerns brings, but the opportunities that collaboration has provided. The corporate voice of Dominicans is impressive, as shown in the DSI web seminar.

How Can One of Us Be Happy If The Other Ones Are Sad?

Monday, April 14, 2014

"An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run, they all took each other's hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that, they said, "UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if the other ones are sad?"
- Tom R. The Annual Black Male Summit, The University of Akron, 2014

Leadership for Peace - What's Up?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

When was the last time you were in conflict with another person? How did you resolve the issue or did you?

The women in the Leadership for Peace project spent several hours on Saturday, April 5, practicing mediation skills of listening, reframing, identifying conflict issues in a situation, and helping those in conflict to come to some type of acceptable solutions. Even though role playing, the women could easily find themselves able to understand the emotions and walk in the shoes of the persons described in the case studies.

Leadership for Peace is a collaborative project of Dominican Sisters of Peace and Ohio Dominican University in which the students learn peace building skills related to interpersonal negotiation and mediation, addressing injustices, and forgiveness and reconciliation. Professor Julie Hart teaches the three hour credit class.

The Sacramental Imagination

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Preparing for today's seminary class, I was going over the material from Cathy Hilkert's book Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination, that I had assigned them to read. Immersed, too, in readings on the new cosmology with its emphasis on our connectedness to one another and all in the cosmos, the following paragraph from Cathy's book hit me with force. Preachers can and must preach that God is active in human history, but not in neat patterns or uninterrupted narratives. What is most amazing about the sacramental imagination also remains most troubling. The promise is given, the power is given, but the enfleshment of the vision in history depends on human beings. If preachers are to point to God's continued action in human history, the incarnational principle remains central: God is active in and through humankind.

When Did the United States Become an Oligarchy?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"We have the best government money can buy."
- Mark Twain

Just when we thought the Supreme Court had finished their work on dismantling responsible campaign finance reform with their Citizens United decision, they knock down all barriers to the distorting power of money in US elections. In their recent decision on McCutchen vs. Federal Elections Commission, they determined "the sky's the limit" when it comes to political donations. By chipping away at campaign finance regulations, the court has given billionaires and millionaires the loudest voice in politics.

God in an Evolving Universe

Monday, April 7, 2014

The Dominican Sisters of Peace Midwest Mission Group had their spring meeting at the St. Catharine Motherhouse in Kentucky this past weekend. The day began cool and cloudy outside, but inside St.Catharine Hall a "Fire was burning" - the energy and enthusiasm was inspiring as we listened and learned from the morning presentation of Sr. Helen Cahill on "The Mystery of God in an Evolving Universe." She began with the question "Who is God and what is this God quest all about?" Then she developed the concept that the new cosmology challenges us to reinterpret our understanding of God as a nurturing partner in the continuing evolution of the Universe.

A Day in the Life of a Sister

Thursday, April 3, 2014

"She's not heavy, she's my sister."

Recently I had the privilege of accompanying one of my Dominican Sisters of Peace to a family funeral. This Sister and I are an unlikely pair. She is over 90, wears the full Dominican Habit, grew up in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, is bi-lingual, and can read St. Theresa de Avila in the original language. I am in my 40s, usually wear pants or a skirt, grew up in Virginia, only know a little Spanish, and have a great love for Celtic Christian Spirituality. We have been sisters and friends for more than 23 years.

God's Love is Forever

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Akron Congregation is focusing this Lent on learning more about theology in relation to the new cosmological discoveries. Many of you may be watching the new episodes of Cosmos on the National Geographics channel. This series leads us to an understanding of the vastness - and that is a weak term! - of the universe. Robert Barron's description of God as somehow else not somewhere else, for me, becomes more and more real. I know of no other term to use for our God but awesome but it too is weak. Franciscan sister Ilia Delio, professor of religion and science and author of several books on cosmology and religion, speaks to this awesomeness in the following: "A foundational love undergirds all forms of evolution. God is not the divine mechanic above but the power of love within...God is beyond us, within us, around us...moving us to a new ultra humanity.

Celebrating Earth Day 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

As we approach Earth Day, what can we celebrate as earth-friendly progress in the last year? I recently viewed some snapshots of less visible, yet important examples of progress.

What Color is a Flower? What is an Associate?

Monday, March 31, 2014

People frequently ask the question "what is an Associate?" An easy enough question, but difficult to answer. It's like the question "what color is a flower?" The obvious difficulty is that it depends on the flower or the Associate.

The dictionary definition of the word Associate is "a person joined or connected with an organization." The Dominicans of Peace website states "a Dominican Associate is an individual who is called to live out the charism and continue the mission of the Dominican order in relationship with the Dominican Sisters of Peace - to praise, to bless, to preach." Both of these definitions however lack the substance and essence of the specific person who becomes an Associate.

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