Friday's "meeting" was an all day workshop on non-violence, a.k.a. "Peace Building." A side column of my notes from that day restates non-violence or peace building in yet other ways: the love that does justice, not just looking at the violence but building a culture of peace and love, relieving suffering--enhancing potential, difference without division. One of the thoughts offered for reflection was, "If I were not afraid I would..."
No meetings would be complete without a social gathering (as if that's not the real purpose of the whole gathering). So, Friday night a group of us came together for root beer floats, Bunco, and a game called Things. Any excuse to get together and play.
Saturday was the business side of things. We actually began with prayer that capped off this past year dedicated to reconciliation. In various stages we had contributed threads to the healing hoop that was completed, blessed, and hung as part of the prayer. We got a rousing invitation from the vocation/formation team to continue to INVITE people to share the charism with us. We heard from our province team as well as our congregation leadership and did some shared visioning for the future. Different committees gave brief progress updates, etc., etc. The day ended with a cemetery blessing at the new plot where our sisters are buried. It was an awesome, tear-filled, celebration of life that has been and continues to be.