Once again, we were proud to show our support for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious at their national Assembly in Nashville. This year we enjoyed our special status as the "official" publisher of their presidential addresses, Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times, edited by Annmarie Sanders. In a recent review in the NCR Ken Briggs observed, "The depth of thought and creativity by the [LCWR] presidents affirm again the extraordinary qualities of erudition, conscience and character that distinguish American sisters. These speeches are cultured meditations that render the Gospel authentic."
The presentations at this assembly were certainly worthy of a future volume, including the speech by Elizabeth Johnson (whose "writings for the people of God" we look forward to publishing in the spring). As she noted, in language borrowed from Pope Francis, "Certainly the LCWR and the Sisters they lead are far from perfect. But they've got the 'smell of the sheep' on them, embodying a church 'that knows how to open her arms and welcome everyone.'"