45 Good Shepherd sisters from 8 Provinces and 11 countries of the Asia Pacific region are gathered at the Haven Resort Hotel, Ipoh, Malaysia from 4-30 October 2017. This Transformational Leadership for Mission programme offers the opportunity for participants to renew and reenergize to become more effective as spiritual leaders and equip themselves for the Mission in the rapidly changing world.
List of participants
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Photo shows the decorated spiral symbol representing diverse culture and relevance of an integrated approach to leadership.
Opening Ritual - 'Coming Together'
Participants gathered on the 5th October around the decorated spiral symbol representing the diverse culture and relevance of integrated approach to leadership. The facilitators led the participants into a meaningful prayer and reflection on 'Coming Together'. It was a moment of getting in touch with our deeper selves, our Units and Congregation. The ritual concluded with an arch dance which invited us to experience the divine presence within us and among us.
Process of facilitation
The reflective questions posed by the facilitators Ms Jill McCorquodale and Srs Elaine Basinger and Josita Corera moved the participants into the sacred space of ‘birthing to be midwives to one another, reminding each other to trust the process of becoming spiritual leaders’.
The Asia Pacific Formation Core Team, Coordinator, Sr Florence Soe welcomed the participants in a spirit of hope that they would commit themselves during the program to renew and reenergize to become more effective as spiritual leaders and equip themselves for the mission in the rapidly changing world.
Message from Asia Pacific Circle
Sr Joan Lopez, Province Leader, Singapore/Malaysia read the message of Srs Francine Muthugala and Regina Htoo Htoo on behalf of the Asia Pacific Unit Leaders. In their message they reminded the participants of the components of the program that are designed as holistic, experiential and co-learning, and of new understanding of Leadership. They envisage the time to be a process of reflecting, engaging in contemplative dialogue, and gathering wisdom in the group towards transformation within oneself for mission.
Reflection and sharing on leadership
The participants spent qualitative time on reflecting and sharing the experience and understanding of leadership of their own culture and how it has influenced the leadership of Church, Organisations, Government and other Institutions in their country. Though the participants are from 11 countries it appears that there are many similarities/ commonalities such as patriarchal system and male domination in the society. It was also felt that in spite of negative influence many movements building up today in Asia Pacific Region are towards awareness/conscientization.
Module 1 - Finding my place in the New Story
The planet earth is our home, living, breathing, and self-organizing. All creation is the manifestation of God’s unique incarnation and the expression of the Holy One. Each creature in the universe has its own unique place in the web of life. Thus, all the beings in the universe are interconnected and are interdependent. We asked:
How do we experience this in our lives?
We shared our stories though each is unique.
The three principles of the universe - diversity, interiority, communion - can make a difference in formation, spirituality and in our ministry.
For diversity to be beautiful and life giving, there must be deep interiority - only then can true communion happen.
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