Transformation Talks

Session 1. Transformation Talks

Being a Leader When You are Not in Charge

Mary Jo Nelson
Mary Jo Nelson, OLVM


This session is based on the belief that leadership is a way of being before it is a role or position.  JPIC leaders are expert staff to a congregation and its leadership and can experience tension between the ideal of their ministry and the reality of the  “changing”  congregation whom they serve. We will explore ways of leading when you are not in charge.

 “May The Force Be With Us:” Engaging Charism in Justice-Making

Arlene Flaherty, SSND
Arlene Flaherty, OP
School Sisters of Notre Dame

Charism is a gift of God’s Spirit to the life-form that is religious life and to each religious institute. As a transforming power, charism has a critical role to play in the work of religious institutes to advance Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation.

What is the charism that is religious life?
What is the charism of our individual religious institutes?How can we integrate and draw the transforming power of charism into the mission of JPIC?

This session will consist of a presentation, reflection, and sharing of ideas of how best to tap and integrate charism into JPIC work.


Economic Justice:
Exploring Our Individual and Collective Power for Change

Susan Mika, OSB
Susan Mika, OSB



In our everyday lives we have tremendous power. How can we use it or lose it in our thoughts, speech, and actions? Let’s explore old and new ways to engage our individual and collective power to effect change in our rapidly-changing world, and engage consumer actions beyond corporate responsibility.




 Creatively Engaging Others in JPIC Efforts: “It Takes a Movement”

Rose Marie Tresp, RSM
Rose Marie Tresp, RSM


Email advocacy has made it easier to enable sisters and others to respond to “one click” action alerts, but much more is needed if we are going to build and sustain movements for social change.This workshop will delve into creative ways to reach out to, educate, inspire and engage sisters, associates and co-ministers. Strategies to organize for social change so as to ramp up our efforts and be more effective will be shared.



Session 2. Transformation Talks

Social Justice and Social Media: Peacemaking Across the Digital Divide

Christopher Matthias Adrian Dominican Sisters
Christopher Matthias
Adrian Dominican Sisters


As we enter the transforming future, there is much we need to do in the transforming now. The call of the peacemaker is to meet people where they are and to speak in a language that is understood. Today, the location and the language is social media. This session attempts to address technological fears, answer common questions, and give participants the crash course needed to be a voice for justice and a presence for peace during the age of social media.




Incorporating Gender Justice into Our Ministry

Dorothy Pagosa, SSJ-TOSF
Dorothy Pagosa, SSJ-TOSF
Kathleen Desautels, SP
Kathleen Desautels, SP
Arlene Ashack, IBVM
Arlene Ashack, IBVM

Women make only $.77 for every $1 a man makes. Access to women’s reproductive health care continues to be limited. LGBQT communities still face hate crimes and discrimination globally.  The presentation will introduce a systems analysis process addressing the root causes of gender injustice.

Delaying the Proposed Bluegrass Pipeline:
How Citizen Action Made a Difference

Joetta Vennemann
Joetta Vennemann, PBVM
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, KY
Judy Morris, OP
Judy Morris, OP










Kentucky citizens’ self organized to oppose a proposed natural gas liquids (NGLs) pipeline to be built by 2015 by Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, a large national energy company. A diverse group of citizens brought forth a range of issues surrounding the proposed pipeline and went to work educating their neighbors, the public, and government leaders of their concerns. In addition to these actions, keeping the issue in the media, legal efforts and advocacy at the state level have currently delayed the proposed pipeline.

 Justice-Seekers’ Forecast for the 114th Congress

Shantha Ready Alonso
Shantha Ready Alonso
NETWORK: Catholic Social Justice Lobby


With the elections behind us, let’s take a look at what we can expect from the 114th Congress on the issues justice-seekers care about most. Get political analysis to inform your advocacy plans on economic justice, immigration, and other issues.

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