Communicating with Passion
February 18, 2021
IN THIS ISSUE
- A Prayer for Leadership
- Leading Into the Future
- Transformative Communities: Passionately Committed to Learning (Part 2)
- Join Us for Visioning on Tap
- The Passion of the Earth: Weekly Lenten Gatherings for the Passionist Family
- A Prayer from St. Paul of the Cross
A Prayer for Leadership
Leadership is hard to define.
Lord, let us be the ones to define it with justice.
Leadership is like a handful of water.
Lord, let us be the people to share it with those who thirst.
Leadership is not about watching and correcting.
Lord, let us remember it is about listening and connecting.
Leadership is not about telling people what to do.
Lord, let us find out what people want.
Leadership is less about the love of power and more about the power of love.
Lord, as we continue to undertake the role of leader,
Let us be affirmed by the servant leadership we witness in your son Jesus.
Let us walk in the path He has set and let those who will, follow.
Let our greatest passion be compassion.
Our greatest strength is love.
Our greatest victory is the reward of peace.
In leading, let us never fail to follow.
In loving, let us never fail. Amen.
Leading Into the Future
By Tim O'Brien
To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues."
1 Corinthians 12:8-10 NABRE
This scripture passage reminds us that we are all called by God in some way, unique to ourselves, to serve the mission of the Church in general and the mission of The Passionist Congregation in particular.
Holy Cross Province has been engaged in a Visioning Process for the past five years. Working Groups developed a series of proposals covering many areas of Mission and Ministry. Vision Fulfillment Teams have been working on the initiatives that came from the Chapter, including an initiative to examine the development of leaders throughout the Province.
In the past, the Provincial and Council were given the sole responsibility for implementing Chapter initiatives. By creating Vision Fulfillment Teams that were given the responsibility for moving these initiatives to Resource Groups in the Province, or by creating Resource Groups where none existed, leadership is taking on a new meaning. The concept of distributed leadership has been initiated at the Province level.
In response to the initiative of examining leadership development, a leadership commission was formed and has been meeting. The commission is working to define leadership traits and characteristics related to Passionist leadership. The commission is developing essential and foundational ideas that can be converted into curriculum for leadership development training that is envisioned going forward. This planning is being undertaken during a time when, due to necessity brought on by the pandemic, the Passionist Family of Holy Cross Province has created innovations addressing the signs of the times and bringing Passionist ministry to a hurting world.
Our Visioning Process has revealed to us that visioning and leadership are closely related. Actions of our Passionist Family in addressing the current challenges are acts of leadership. Serving on a committee that is developing strategies for the future of the Province is also an act of leadership. In many ways, looking at Passionist leadership is coming to a deeper understanding of what is already at work.
Holy Cross Province is not alone in this development. An organization called The Leadership Roundtable was created to envision a new culture of leadership in the Church. In this process, they recognize the need for a culture of co-responsible Governance and Leadership. Holy Cross Province had already answered this call by creating lay-led governance of all our retreat centers. The guiding principles of the Leadership Roundtable include following Pope Francis’ lead in promoting change through dialogue and fostering the gifts of the laity. This organization is dedicated to greater incorporation of the expertise of all the faithful. “By virtue of baptism, lay people have not only the right but the duty to offer their gifts and talents to the Church.”
May we move forward in the spirit of mutuality and through the lens of the Charism of St. Paul of the Cross to serve God and one another.
Passionately Committed to Learning (Part 2)
By Mark Clarke, Community Works, Inc.
The by-product of being a learning community is the consistent development of new competencies and action-oriented approaches. It leads to the establishment of a flexible and adaptive organization. Thus, in our context, learning communities must become transformative communities. Transformative Communities live by the Talmudic precept of “grow, grow, grow.” They foster a pioneer spirit through establishing an internal culture of learning and ongoing transformation.
Communities that engage in a continuous discernment process become mediums of God’s co-creative process. These attitudinal anchors create underpinnings which direct their collective energy toward society's renewal. They have an energetic thirst for learning that fosters a synergy for creative imagination that leads to action.
The speed of such societal disruptions as the pandemic, social unrest, technology, etc. continually raise new questions, social concerns, and opportunities to explore new models. Religious communities today must ask these questions:
How can we become transformative agents in our current culture and context?
How can we embrace God’s invitation for change in
our time of the pandemic, social unrest, and economic disparity?
The reflective exploration of these questions opens them to God's call to become representatives of transformative change. The word “transformation” is not a theoretical construct, but rather an active component within the organization. It is not wishful thinking; it is an imperative.
The significance of an evolving renewing organization is crucial in our world, which has no simple solutions to complex issues. The issues currently surfacing have been festering under the surface for decades. Thomas Friedman, an internationally recognized author, reporter and columnist on society social issues and emerging trends, comments in his May 30, 2020, New York Times editorial:
"And we're the ones who made it that way with our own hands. Just look around. Over the past 20 years, we've been steadily removing man- made and natural buffers, redundancies, regulations and norms that provide resilience and protection when big systems — be they ecological, geopolitical, or financial — get stressed. We've been recklessly removing these buffers out of an obsession with short-term efficiency and growth, or without thinking at all. At the same time, we've been behaving in extreme ways — pushing against, and breaching, common- sense political, financial, and planetary boundaries."
Friedman reaffirms the importance of having an adaptable organizational culture to explore and take the long view regarding these issues. He verifies the vital significance of Transformative Communities being life-long Learning Communities collectively searching and exploring new ideas. This zeal stimulates the imagination to seek innovative solutions.
Transformative Communities are living in a social environment that summons us to co- create with God. Illia Delio, who specializes in the intersection of science and theology, states, "the whole Creation, beginning with the Big Bang, is Incarnation. Evolution is the process of unfolding life, from matter to spirit.... The God of evolution is the God of adventure, a God who loves to do new things and is always new" (O’Leary 21). These words are the foundation of a transformative learning community to co-create with God the world ever new.
Critical Considerations and Reflections
Historical moments of significant change that create social disruptions place every organization in the cauldron of fire. The events of the past few months of 2020 have ripped open the fiber of society's soul and exposed societal wounds and scars that seek collective healing. This crisis has called on every entity to reflect on how it has contributed to the problem. Groups are induced to explore how their relationships are oppressive and to formulate a change strategy. To better understand this, it is helpful to examine the critical components of a learning and/or transforming organizational culture: Safe Emotional Container; Foresight; Capacity.
Join Us for Visioning on Tap!
Visioning on Tap is an innovative way to engage in The Passionists of Holy Cross Province’s Vision Fulfillment Process, as well as consider how the topics to be presented impact your personal life!
Each 60 minute virtual session will include prayer, small and large group conversation and a short presentation highlighting a Vision Fulfillment initiative. It is time for you to ask questions and add your voice to the larger Visioning conversation.
The first Visioning on Tap session is Moving toward Mutuality: Leadership Development.
Mutuality is an interpersonal dynamic where everyone is respected, authority is shared, and gifts are freely given. Join us and reflect on how you live in mutuality and how the Vision Fulfillment Process is manifesting mutuality in the area of Leadership Development. Tim O’Brien will be our guest speaker.
Visioning on Tap will be held via Zoom on Thursday, February 18 at the following times:
- 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Pacific;
- 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Central; and
- 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Eastern.
The session will also be repeated on Tuesday, February 23 at these times:
- 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Pacific;
- 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Central; and
- 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Eastern.
Here are the Zoom links for you:
Future Visioning on Tap dates and topics are as followed:
Growing in Faith: Passionist Rule for Laity and Online Spiritual Direction
Thursday, March 18 at 4:00 pm, Pacific; 6:00 pm, Central; 7:00 pm, Eastern
Tuesday, March 23 at 12:00 pm, Pacific; 2:00 pm, Central; 3:00 pm, Eastern
Being Passionist in the World: Laudato Si Happenings
Thursday, April 15 at 4:00 pm, Pacific; 6:00 pm, Central; 7:00 pm, Eastern
Tuesday, April 20 at 12:00 pm, Pacific; 2:00 pm, Central; 3:00 pm, Eastern
Sharing the Good News: Marketing Ideas
Thursday, May 13 at 4:00 pm, Pacific; 6:00 pm, Central; 7:00 pm, Eastern
Tuesday, May 18 at 12:00 pm, Pacific; 2:00 pm, Central; 3:00 pm, Eastern
The Passion of the Earth:
Weekly Lenten Gatherings for the Passionist Family
Wednesday, February 24
to Good Friday, April 2
11:00 am-12:00 pm, Pacific
1:00 pm-2:00 pm, Central
2:00 pm-3:00 pm, Eastern
Six sessions: the first five sessions will be every Wednesday, February 24 through Wednesday, March 24; our final session will be an Ecological Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 2.
A series of weekly gatherings during Lent are available for the Passionist Family exploring Laudato Si’ and the Passion of the Earth as we journey together toward the Passion of our Lord. Each meeting will be grounded in prayer and the Passionist charism, and will make use of a recent series of videos on climate feedback loops. We will connect to issues facing the communities in which Passionists are located (like the drought and fires in CA, the Flint water crisis for Detroit, etc.). Opportunities to live into Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving will be offered. In our final Holy Week gathering, we will accompany each other on an ecological Stations of the Cross. The series is for the whole Passionist Family and will include individual and small group opportunities for reflection.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the sessions.
"Lights from God, when they are truly from him, often cause in the beginning a holy fear, a holy uneasiness, though not always. This comes from the awareness God gives the soul of his own greatness. These lights then bring peace and union with God."
"Lord, I want always to live in faith and optimism. But these are such difficult times. I find myself worrying in ways that I never have about the future. Such anxiety starts to take its toll on my whole outlook on the world and its possibilities. I don’t want to live in fear of what misfortune may be coming. Remind me that worry and fear are always the work of evil."
Holy Cross Province Vision Statement
Guided by the Holy Spirit and the signs of the times,
we create and carry out ministry that reaches
the suffering of today and form community
that spiritually nourishes the
Passionist Family of Holy Cross Province.
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