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Newsletter Winter 2001

Women in Church Leadership Anchor Meeting

The Women in Church Leadership (WICL) anchors met in Cleveland October 20 - 22, 2000 to share successful strategies for the WICL caucus held in November at the Call to Action conference in Milwaukee. This was the third gathering of anchors since the program's inception in 1999.

The WICL anchors are a group of thirty-four women and men committed to promoting the goals of the Women in Church Leadership project in their locale. These anchors came to the meeting with concrete actions they've instituted and items for discussion.

Jeanne Grammens Hidalgo (Grosse Hamburg, NY) developed a program for family rituals to facilitate a child's focus on God's love and Jesus around the holiday. Karen Hnat (New Hartford, NY) shared her story of a parish losing its wonderful pastor and support staff in spite of organized efforts by parishioners to keep them. The on-going battle has divided the parish. Meg Summersgill (East Aurora, NY) reported on a new program she organized called "Conversations," a gathering of women from area colleges in Buffalo. Also, the VOICES project, aimed at nurturing the spiritual life of girls and yougn women, will publish six manuals in 2002. Nancy Bloch (St. Clair Shores, MI) sent along a program on facilitating meaningful prayers for children.

Barbara Ballenger and Fr. Steve Krupa SJ gave a preview of the coming FutureChurch Celebrating Women Witnesses (CWW) project by telling the group about the Beguines and Dorothy Day. These and descriptions of the lives of ten other women will be included in the CWW project packet.

On November 5, twenty women representing parishes from coast to caost gathered for a WICL caucus at the Call to Action national conference. Our anchors shared their experiences and recruited more members.

The consensus from both meetings was that there is a lot of good work happening on the local level. FutureChurch is working to ensure and promote this networking on an ongoing basis. The next meeting of the WICL anchors will be held at St. Mary's College in South Bend, IN and will coincide with the annual Madaleva lecture in April.


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