18 DEC, 2013. The biennial Extended Leadership Meeting took place from December 5-13 near Atlanta, Georgia and was attended by 23 Sisters of St Louis from Leadership Teams across the globe.
We arrived from three continents into Atlanta airport, allegedly the biggest airport in the world, and went straight to The Lodge at Simpsonwood, 30 miles from the airport, deep in the very heart of Georgia. The Lodge has its own massive grounds - not a house or shop for miles. It is heavily forested and has lots of delightful walking trails. The trees were in their autumn beauty and we often had deer and squirrels to excite us on our walks. Our rooms were very comfortable, spacious and warm. They were in the same building as our meeting room. The dining room was a five-minute walk away, so we got lots of exercise. The food was delicious, wholesome and abundant, definitely not frugal, and calorie-counting was the order of the day!
After an inspiring opening ritual, each area shared their particular reality, and right from the beginning, a clear picture began to emerge of the totality of our Institute. The contrast between the older and younger parts was very striking. Europe and California are ageing and diminishing, while Africa is flourishing and growing. That fact became central to much of what followed and, not surprisingly, led us into reflection on our charism, Sint Unum.
For the full article, check out Issue 26 of Musings.