Sister Joan Mumaw, IHM, executive director of Friends in Solidarity, attended the recent assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sister Joan represented Friends in Solidarity as an exhibitor at the assembly.
Sister Patricia Murray, IBVM, the first executive director of Solidarity with South Sudan, gave the keynote address at the assembly. Sister Pat is currently executive secretary for the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) in Rome, Italy. Her presentation, “Imagining Leadership in a Global Community,” referenced the founding of Solidarity with South Sudan:
“The Mennonite theologian and peace activist John Paul Lederach has much to teach us about processes of leadership in today’s world… Lederach presents a number of important concepts which can help us be part of leadership at a global level. He speaks about weaving webs, noticing turning points, being yeast and establishing platforms… In many emerging global religious life initiatives, we can see these elements at work. I’m thinking in particular of the Solidarity with South Sudan project which emerged at the end of decades of civil war because a small group of people wove a web of local, international, interagency and inter-faith relationships.” Read full text of Sister Pat’s presentation
At the assembly, Sister Joan enjoyed the opportunity to meet with many sisters from congregations of women religious who are supporting Solidarity with South Sudan.
Above photo: Sister Joan (right) with Sister Pat Eck, CBS, a supporter of Friends in Solidarity and a member of the corporation.