NCR Forward Member Series


December 8: An Advent retreat with Sr. Nancy Sylvester, IHM
Sr. Nancy Sylvester, founder and director of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue, will lead us through a one-hour Advent retreat.
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November 11: Biden and the Bishops: Culture Wars or Communion?
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NCR Forward members are invited to a panel discussion held in partnership with the Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University.
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October 28: Recalibration: Moving to a preferred, grace-filled future
This NCR Forward member event is for those in the wisdom generation that are considering their next stage in life, contemplating both transition and how you will journey from busy days that belong mostly to others to days you can fully call your own.
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September 29: An Estate Plan for the Earth  
As they live out their commitment to care for creation, women's religious communities have become leaders in local land conservation. To mark this monthlong Season of Creation, EarthBeat and Global Sisters Report hosted a virtual conversation with representatives of two communities that have made different decisions about how to preserve their land for future generations.
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June 24: What Black Lives Matter Can Mean for Catholics
Presented by Olga Segura
Olga Segura, joined us to discuss her book, Birth of a Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church (Orbis Books, 2021). Olga identified common values held by both the BLM movement and the Catholic Church. By embracing this reality, Catholics can learn how to build a Church characterized by racial equality, a Church in which truly, all are welcome.
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Singing the Holy Week Journey
Presented by Fr. J. Michael Joncas
For our Lenten retreat, Fr. Mike shared with us some of his work from We Contemplate the Mystery: Lent and Triduum. We look at the readings of Palm Sunday and the Triduum, connecting the readings to the “hymn of the day.”  
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January 21: Human Trafficking: It’s Closer than You Think
Presented by Sr. Maryann Agnes Mueller and Jennifer Reyes Lay
The exploitation of the human person takes on many forms, and knows no barriers or socio-economic borders. Citizens who are informed and alert, and know what to do with what they observe, help protect their families, neighborhoods and communities.
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January 19: A Conversation on Anti-Human Trafficking
Presented by Sr. Gabriella Bottani and Sr. Jean Schafer
Srs. Gabriella Bottani and Jean Schafer, both leaders among Catholic sisters working against human trafficking, help us to understand the multiple ways that trafficking manifests itself around the world and how networking and spirituality buoy the sisters who work to stop this evil.
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December 18: An Advent Retreat: Incarnational Encounter
Presented by Sr. Julia Walsh and ValLimar Jansen
Sr. Julia and ValLimar offered us an opportunity to pause amidst everything going on, and connect with the presence of God in our lives.
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November 19: Three Black Catholics Continuing the Journey
Presented by Dr. Ansel Augustine, Msgr. Ray East, ValLimar  
Each a national leader in their own ministry, our guests shared their reflections on how their ministries, entrusted to them by God, continue the journey of Black Catholics in the U.S. Catholic Church.
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November 17: Selma Sisters
Presented by Carol Colburn, Sr. Patricia McCann, Therese Stawowy
Our guests shared their experiences in this part of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, how it influenced their lives and ministries, and their insights on the parallels and differences with the ongoing struggle to counter structural racism today. 
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October 29: For All the Saints
Presented by Dan Schutte
Dan invited us to look a true holiness, which is born from our ability to see this world with the eyes of God, who sees everything and everyone as holy. When we begin to see like that, we treat each other differently. We treat creation differently. We begin to see the face of God everywhere.
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September 24: Laudato Si': The End or The Beginning?
Presented by Fr. Dan Horan
Fr. Dan spoke about Laudato Si’ as a “liminal text,” standing in-between the useful but still inadequate “stewardship model” of creation and the call to embrace a “kinship model” of creation that recognizes humanity’s true place within and part of God’s broader community of creation. 
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September 17: Understanding Our Place in Creation: A Call to Ecospirituality
Presented by Sr. Caroljean Willie
Sr. Caroljean invited us to a deeper understanding of ecospirituality and offered practical ideas to enhance our understanding of the role we play as an integral part of creation.
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August 27: The Catholic Vote: Is It Still Decisive?
Presented by Michael Sean Winters
Michael shared his thoughts on the Catholic vote and the 2020 presidential election
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August 13: Pope Francis After Year Seven
Presented by Joshua McElwee
Josh shared his thoughts on the defining decisions made by Pope Francis in his first seven years, and what we may see next.
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July 23: On the Road with Sisters
Presented by Soli Salgado
What are memorable experiences or stories Soli wasn't able to write about? What has Soli learned and kept from sisters through her travels?
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July 9: Five Years with Laudato Si’ -- Where Are We?  
Presented by Brian Roewe
Brian spoke about Pope Francis' ecological encyclical, focusing on its impact to date, and where do we go from here.
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June 26: Coffee and Conversation with Heidi Schlumpf
Presented by Heidi Schlumpf
Heidi shared her thoughts on current issues in the Church and in our country, as well as some of her plans and ideas for NCR’s future. 
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