I have received a couple notes chiding me for picking on the LCWR and the NCR (aka Fishwrap) and taking me to task for suggesting that they were connected. I had written in one entry:
The group [LCWR] sent an email Thursday to the heads of each of the congregations it represents, explaining how the group became aware of the news.
That email, obtained by NCR, ["obtained" Great! I'll bet LCWR's office just cc's everything to NCR.] says LCWR leadership ….
I really apologize. Really, I do. I acknowledge that there is no formal connection of the LCWR and Fishwrap.
In the meantime, I found this on the site of the LCWR about their upcoming 2012 Assembly to be held in St. Louis.
LCWR Assembly 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 to Saturday, August 11, 2012
St. Louis, Missouri
Mystery Unfolding: Leading in the Evolutionary Now [?]
Keynote speaker: Barbara Marx Hubbard
Panelists: Tom Fox; [NCR editor] Jennifer Gordan, SCL; and Jamie Manson[NCR columnist]
Registration materials for LCWR members and associates are available in the Members area of this website.
Every August, LCWR holds a national assembly of its members. This gathering provides members with opportunities for education, reflection on issues pertinent to religious life leadership, networking, prayer and celebration. The assembly also provides time for the members to vote for officers and on resolutions.
The assemblies are open to members who may participate fully in all aspects of the assembly, associates who participate without vote, and guests invited by the conference. [Oddly, I have not been invited.]
The assembly is moved to various sites around the country.
But remember! There is no formal connection between the LCWR and NCR.
Moreover, you might want to check out their scheduled keynote speaker this year (my emphases):
Barbara Marx Hubbard has been called “the voice for conscious evolution of our time” by Deepak Chopra and is the subject of Neale Donald Walsch’s new book “The Mother of Invention.” A prolific author, visionary, social innovator, evolutionary thinker and educator, she is co-founder and chairperson of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. She is the producer and narrator of the award-winning documentary series entitled Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together and has recently partnered with The Shift Network as a global ambassador for the conscious evolution movement; a shift from evolution by chance towards evolution by choice. Along with Stephen Dinan, she has launched the “Agents of Conscious Evolution” training and is forming a global team to co-produce a global multi-media event entitled, “Birth 2012: Co-Creating a Planetary Shift in Time” on Dec. 22, 2012 (www.birth2012.com) — a historic, turning-point event; awakening the social, spiritual, scientific, and technological potential of humanity.
In 1984 her name was placed in nomination for the Vice Presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket, [They chose Geraldine Ferraro, if you recall.] calling for a “Peace Room” to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working in America and the world. Barbara also co-chaired a number of Soviet-American Citizen Summits, introducing a new concept called “SYNCON to foster synergistic convergence with opposing groups. [Hey! Maybe she could help the LCWR get along better with the CDF! ... Nah.] She developed SYNCON conferences to bring together opposing forces to discover the positive benefit of a long range earth-space development program [with or without the use of spaceships] where she worked with builders of the Space Shuttle and continued her passion for an expanded and peace generating space program.
She is a Fellow of The Club of Budapest, and has received an honorary PhD in Conscious Evolution from the Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University. [WHAT? He is a darling martyr for anti-Catholics. Here.] She has established a Chair in Conscious Evolution at Wisdom University and is member of many progressive organizations, including Evolutionary Leaders Group, Global New Thought (AGNT), as well as, The World Future Society.
This reminds me of the web of bizarre groups in The Father’s Tale.
The CDF would never have any problems with the LCWR receiving spiritual formation from her. Nooooo.