Innovation Thrives in Challenging Times
Throughout history, difficult circumstances have led to creativity and development. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many people were not convinced that remote work was feasible, but now thousands, if not millions, of people are working remotely and doing so successfully. Before, telehealth was just emerging and not seen as an everyday option; today, telehealth is emerging as a frontline solution. Factories throughout the world are retooling to address healthcare-related needs, restaurants are redesigning service models to provide meals to customers in a safe way, and teachers and parents are diving deep into their imaginations to create new and entertaining ways to engage with children.
What is happening now with the pandemic in a way mirrors the disruption seen in the world of women religious. Times are changing. Internal and external forces are affecting the future that was expected by the women religious who took their vows years ago. These women now have the opportunity to create their own, new future.
Remote communication that is required today can be used to facilitate enrichment and ongoing formation tomorrow. Efficiencies needed now in this new economy can lead to streamlined and effective processes and partnerships in the future. Personal and intimate leadership desired now can drive behaviors around the necessary change management we all will face in times to come.
This is our time to unite and collaborate, to see ourselves stronger, to work even harder to forge new paths and create a new future for us all. To help us come together, the Wisconsin Religious Collaborative invited members of our religious communities to share their inspirational readings. Please check out these recommendations at https://www.wrcollaborative.org/resources/ongoing-formation.cfm and share your recommendations as well (send to Lyn@WRCollaborative.org). Together, we can find strength, support, and inspiration for these challenging times and into the future.