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April 2013 ASSEMBLY Fall 2013 Consultation …

Page | 1 Fall 2013 Consultation Network Agenda Formation 11 Issue Areas -- April 2013 ASSEMBLY Fall 2013 Consultation Network Agenda Formation Eleven (11) Issue Areas 1. VIBRANT COMMUNITY LIFE This area of interest involves our lived community life as Sisters of Mercy. It is also the next topic of the Institute s contemplative dialogue process: Women of Mercy, Women of Hope that will be introduced this coming Advent season. 2. FINANCE / HUMAN RESOURCES This area covers everything from sharing financial information within the WMW to developing a plan to share the WMW Community s finances with the other five Communities that make up the Institute. It covers the acquisition and sale of property, the amount and use of personal budgets, as well as to the process for sharing offices and cars. Also included are development, the use of technology and travel, living arrangements, and the use of personnel. 3. MINISTRY WITH THE POOR This topic covers financial methods for supporting ministry with the poor, especially the economically poor that we meet in our ministries.

Page | 2 Fall 2013 Consultation Network Agenda Formation 11 Issue Areas -- 8.5.13 (WMW) Community has a means of relating both individually and corporately within the formal bonds of Community membership” (WMW Governance Plan)? 6. COMMUNICATION / CONSULTATION NETWORKS / CONVENERS

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1 Page | 1 Fall 2013 Consultation Network Agenda Formation 11 Issue Areas -- April 2013 ASSEMBLY Fall 2013 Consultation Network Agenda Formation Eleven (11) Issue Areas 1. VIBRANT COMMUNITY LIFE This area of interest involves our lived community life as Sisters of Mercy. It is also the next topic of the Institute s contemplative dialogue process: Women of Mercy, Women of Hope that will be introduced this coming Advent season. 2. FINANCE / HUMAN RESOURCES This area covers everything from sharing financial information within the WMW to developing a plan to share the WMW Community s finances with the other five Communities that make up the Institute. It covers the acquisition and sale of property, the amount and use of personal budgets, as well as to the process for sharing offices and cars. Also included are development, the use of technology and travel, living arrangements, and the use of personnel. 3. MINISTRY WITH THE POOR This topic covers financial methods for supporting ministry with the poor, especially the economically poor that we meet in our ministries.

2 It also includes the concern about identifying specific Sisters who are willing to work with the economically poor and how we might better support them. 4. NEW MEMBERSHIP This group discussed ways to expand our personal understanding of the new membership process and how to further our charism of Mercy. It also includes suggestions about specific steps that the WMW Community might take, , the use of websites, retreats, days of prayer, creating "junior" associations, and creating "houses of hospitality" to enhance our vocation program. This is a topic of the Institute s contemplative dialogue process: Women of Mercy, Women of Hope that will be introduced in the 2014 Advent season. 5. GOVERNANCE What is working with the WMW Governance Plan? What is not? What amendments to the Governance Plan might we consider to ensure that each Sister of Mercy in the West Midwest Page | 2 Fall 2013 Consultation Network Agenda Formation 11 Issue Areas -- (WMW) Community has a means of relating both individually and corporately within the formal bonds of Community membership (WMW Governance Plan)?

3 6. COMMUNICATION / Consultation NETWORKS / CONVENERS What needs to be done to make the Consultation Network meetings more meaningful and the Networks more vibrant? 7. TRANSPARENCY What might we do to involve more Sisters in decision-making and in the communication of decisions? How might we develop more open communication processes that would invite member participation and Consultation ? How might we use technology to serve us better? 8. CRITICAL CONCERNS The list of Critical Concerns begs for validation and meaningful follow-up. How might we better address them as the WMW Community? Individually? With others in our ministries? 9. CHARISM Both now and beyond us, how might we extend, promote, and ensure that the Mercy charism is apparent in our ministries? 10. ASSOCIATION What are our current understandings about the various forms of association with Mercy, including Mercy Associates, Companions in Mercy and Mercy Volunteer Corps? What are the areas of mutual growth and relationship, and what are the appropriate boundaries?

4 11. CHURCH Our issues and concerns related to the Church typically have far-reaching consequences and involve not only the WMW Community but also the Institute. What types of planning, action plans and timelines are needed? This is the current topic of the Institute s contemplative dialogue process: Women of Mercy, Women of Hope.


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