The conference began on Saturday morning with discussion in small groups focused on members’ specific service. There was a welcome from the Executive Director, Adrienne Andrews, followed by an address by Barbara Stewart, the CEO of the Corporation of National and Community Service. Sister Kristin Matthes, SNDdeN and Atlanta Site Director, Alison Sheldon, then shared their experiences with the Hallmarks and led a creative reflective activity for the large group.
The following days centered around eighteen different workshops ranging from Tai Chi, Healing Through Art and Re-examining Social Justice Language. Members had the opportunity to attend four workshop sessions and learn from experts in the field. The goal was to enhance skills and bring new tools back to their service sites with them. The third day opened with a keynote speech from Erricka Bridgeford of the Baltimore Ceasefire movement. Her passion for service in the community and ensuring love has the final say radiated from her every word and deeply connected with our members.
The weekend provided members with practical tools to bring to their sites, and a refreshed dedication to service. Many also left with new friends in other cities and a personal connection to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and their mission. Together, we are all visionaries and working towards a more just future.