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Directional Statements

BVM Assembly 2021

Directional Statement 1: Spirituality/Worldview

We, together as BVM Sisters and Associates, drawn by grace

  • into living more profoundly into the mystery of God
  • into living more consciously our interconnectedness with all of creation
  • into living more intensely our understanding of freedom
  • into living more acutely and publicly values aligned with the Gospel

commit ourselves humbly, boldly, and courageously

  • to participate and join others in profound institutional shifts transforming our congregation, church, and society toward a more just, inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world for all
  • to engage and collaborate with those suffering injustices and a lack of resources for all life to flourish
  • to seek conversation with and listen deeply to people with divergent perspectives, cultures, and experiences
  • to widen our global awareness and connections.

Directional Statement 2: Inequality

There is a deep grief for the current situations of injustice in our world that calls us to be and become the face of an inclusive, welcoming, and merciful Church working for a just, equitable, and sustainable world in which all flourish.

We therefore commit ourselves to:

  • being led by the spirit of God to listen to the people we have hurt and humbly acknowledge what we have done and failed to do
  • reflecting in dialogue with all concerned on how our prejudices and biases are present in BVM policies and practices and making revisions that build relationships
  • confronting inequities we have caused and acting boldly in the company of others to repair injustices and make communal acts of reparation
  • educating ourselves about systemic issues of injustice in all its forms, especially racism, and letting our study change us and move us to action
  • exploring the abundance provided by our own privilege and evaluating our processes for making financial distributions from our abundance
  • raising our communal voice for justice in collaboration with other women and men religious and other organizations in the US and internationally when appropriate
  • engaging in a congregation-wide conversation around how much we are willing to risk by publicly challenging the continued exclusion within our Church of various groups (women; LGBTQ+; etc.) around language, governance, ministry, and sacrament.



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