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February 18, 2021 - Community, identity, leadership, structure—the transformation of Association into an Institute reality is well underway even as it continues to be a work in progress.
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February 18, 2021 - In the first Institute-wide social media campaign by Advancement—held on Giving Tuesday, December 3—the Sisters of Mercy reached more than 17,000 individuals with social media content.
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February 18, 2021 - Board members of sponsored Mercy ministries carry a “sacred trust” for the “legacy, mission and values of the Sisters of Mercy into the future.”
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February 18, 2021 - February’s Mission Integration program designed for employees.
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January 21, 2021 - The arrival of 2021 has brought new unity to staff members across the Institute. All are now employees, not of Communities or sponsored institutions, but of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Inc., or the Mercy Ministry Corporation.
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November 24, 2020 - On Tuesday, December 1, the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy will join millions around the world by participating in the global generosity movement that is Giving Tuesday.
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November 12, 2020 - “Let’s do this more often.” That was a key outcome of this summer’s first-ever meet-and-greet, attended—virtually—by more than 200 Mercy associates. Responsive to that call, the Office of Association plans to hold quarterly “Associatio
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November 12, 2020 - Read updates about the consolidation of the former communities' advancement databases, the ongoing integration of advancement and finance's work, and the new expense management system, which will save time and paper and prevent lost in
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October 29, 2020 - Consolidating software and management systems is a critical step on the Journey of Oneness. Such consolidations eliminate duplication and enhance efficiency,...
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October 29, 2020 - Threespot, a D.C.-based design firm, has been hired to help redesign the Institute’s website. The project, which will take eight months, will begin in early November.
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October 1, 2020 - Communications marked an important milestone in July when all communicators became part of one team, reporting directly to the Institute communications officer.
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September 17, 2020 - Mercy transcends what appear to be obstacles to not only opportunities but also to delightful celebrations! No one imagined that an entirely virtual Welcoming Ceremony could be as warm and meaningful as the one experienced on Saturday
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September 17, 2020 - The email migration project has reached its first milestone just one month after it launched: 402 emails of sisters and staff moved to an Institute email with the sistersofmercy.org domain, reports Rich DiNapoli, regional director, te
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September 3, 2020 - Two staff members of the mission advancement office of the West Midwest—Lynn Poly and Amanda Doty—not only began working for Mercy on the same day in August 2012, but also share the same start date in 2020 for their new pos
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August 20, 2020 - The Human Resources Implementation Team recently conducted an Institute-wide survey of employees, asking for input on combined benefits as the Institute moves forward with the Journey of Oneness.
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August 20, 2020 - The Health and Wellness Implementation Team recently developed a wellness profile, an objective assessment tool that will be used with sisters 70 and older in the continental United States to evaluate their well-being.
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August 6, 2020 - With office work and travel curtailed across the Institute since March because of the pandemic, sisters and staff have adapted quickly to working and communicating remotely with one another. Technology has played a critical role in keepin
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July 23, 2020 - On August 3, a new technology project will start across the Institute. Each sister who currently receives information from the Institute or her Community via email will receive an Institute email address with the domain name sistersofmercy
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July 9, 2020 - As of July 1, 2020, eight of the Institute’s 11 key administrative functions are accountable to the Institute rather than to the former Communities.
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July 9, 2020 - The Information Technology team has hired Roslyn Davis as its technology trainer, effective July 13.
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July 9, 2020 - On July 1, 2020, Eric Ruff was named director of advancement for Northeast and NyPaW, assuming the direction and coordination of advancement activities for both the former Northeast and New York, Pennsylvania West Communities.
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June 25, 2020 - As the Church celebrated the feast of the Holy Trinity earlier this month, Mercy Association celebrated a “trinity” of its own—the appointment of three members to the first-ever Institute association staff.
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June 25, 2020 - Institute Communications Officer Cathleen Farrell has named Beth Thompson, communications strategist from South Central, and Debbi Della Porta, communications director of Mid-Atlantic, as Institute director of internal communications and d
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May 28, 2020 - The Human Resources Implementation Team and benefits subgroup are pleased to announce the selection of One Digital as our benefits broker of record as of June 1, 2020.
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May 14, 2020 - Recent updates from Institute key function implementation teams, shared during the April 16 Coordinating Committee/Project Coordinators virtual meeting, show Mercy’s responsiveness to the coronavirus pandemic. While ordinary Journey of On
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April 30, 2020 - The Human Resources Implementation Team and its payroll subgroup are pleased to announce a major step in bringing all the payrolls of the Sisters of Mercy into one unified system that will support our employees and satisfy all legal repor
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April 30, 2020 - Sister Christine (Tina) McCann and Jane Sprankel, who served as project coordinators for the Ministry Implementation Team, are the two new Institute co-directors for ministry, effective July 2020. As co-directors, Christine and Jane will
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March 5, 2020 - Two current staff members, Terri Magee from Mid-Atlantic and Kimberli Timmons from South Central, began serving as regional payroll managers for the Institute on March 1, 2020.
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February 20, 2020 - Communications and advancement staff from across the Institute met for three days in Belmont, North Carolina, last month to look at shared ways of doing work and to begin to take next steps in the implementation process of their respec
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February 20, 2020 - Ministry is beginning to take next steps in the implementation process of the Journey of Oneness.
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January 23, 2020 - These days, books and films have the attention of staff at the Mercy Heritage Center (MHC) in Belmont, North Carolina. That’s 1,800 books and 275 films gathered from local and regional Mercy sources across the Institute.
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January 9, 2020 - For the first time in the history of the Institute, Mercy Association will have a common covenant!
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January 9, 2020 - Read highlights from the group’s mid-December 2019 call and the big picture.
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December 12, 2019 - Colleen Maher, currently the director of development, Pennsylvania, for the Mid-Atlantic, was recently appointed the first advancement officer for the Institute.
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November 14, 2019 - Is this article for you? Maybe, if you’re interested in the emerging overall civil structure of the Institute. Or, maybe not, if you’re happy to leave such matters to others. But for those who want to read on, here’s an overview
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November 14, 2019 - All Community-based technology staff now form one collaborative Institute Technology Team, thanks to the careful planning of the Journey of Oneness Technology Implementation Team.
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November 14, 2019 - A goal of the team is to develop a single department, composed of current finance staff, by June 30, 2021.
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October 31, 2019 - Cathleen Farrell will join the staff in Silver Spring on December 2 as Institute Communications Officer.
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October 17, 2019 - Over the past two months, Institute New Membership Team (INMT) members have gathered with sisters, associates, companions and Mercy Volunteer Corps alums in different locations to share the new team’s design and receive feedback.
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September 19, 2019 - The Implementation Team is working on several recommendations and has accomplished three key initiatives.
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September 5, 2019 - At its first official planning days in August, the Institute New Membership Team (INMT) worked on ways sisters and associates could collaborate as animators in vocation work.
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September 5, 2019 - The Institute is both a canonical (Church) and a civil (legal) entity, the structures for these two parallel realities must be in harmony so that the Institute can carry out its responsibilities in both the ecclesial and the societal s
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August 22, 2019 - Jackie Gordon, the Institute’s human resources officer, spent 10 days on the road this summer covering more than 5,000 miles to visit the five U.S. geographic areas of the Institute.
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August 8, 2019 - As of July 7, 2019, Tylia (Ty) Barnes began serving as director of Mercy Association for both South Central and West Midwest.
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July 25, 2019 - The Integrating Sisters’ Life and Governance Committee sends 1,500 thank you for your overwhelming participation in the March–May consultations!
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June 27, 2019 - On Monday, July 1, 2019, the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas will pass into a new canonical reality: the congregation will have one center of authority.
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May 30, 2019 – An Institute ritual marking the transition to one elected leadership team and the first Institute-wide missioning of sisters will take place in a variety of local gatherings between June 15 and July 20.
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May 30, 2019 - The Information Technology Implementation Team is developing a centralized service delivery model for technology services that is flexible and will cover a broad range of needs.
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May 16, 2019 – The Mercy Heritage Center is standardizing archival practices to respond more efficiently to a broad range of inquiries, ultimately giving the Mercy story a broader reach.
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May 2, 2019 – The Association Design Team is working on a guidebook for association across the Institute and on mapping a decentralized structure for association that will complement the centralized structure at the Institute level.
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April 4, 2019 – The ILC met to clarify their future roles and responsibilities, refine the elements of the Mercy Fund for Ministry plan, and update one another on the life and mission of members.
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April 4, 2019 – The Extended Justice Team discussed how to coordinate as a team that communicates effectively and remains connected to those most impacted by systemic injustices.
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March 21, 2019 - An overview of the Institute's 11 key administrative functions and an introduction to the people who will help guide these functions through the Journey of Oneness.
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March 21, 2019 - The U.S. New Membership Team met for two days to discuss the practices, strategic topics, and opportunities for engagement for their work.
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March 7, 2019 - A special ritual with the theme “A Tapestry Unfolding: Re-weaving the Threads of Mercy” will mark the Journey of Oneness transition that will occur on July 1, 2019.
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March 7, 2019 - Following a “handoff” meeting with Development Team members, the Health and Wellness Implementation Team is now at work on two initial tasks.
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March 7, 2019 - As we continue our Journey of Oneness, we mark a new moment in the creation of a revised new membership model to support the incorporation of our new members.
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February 22, 2019 - Key facts about the Institute's new Human Resources Officer.
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February 22, 2019 - These new forms will create consistency and foster collaboration across the Institute.
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February 22, 2019 - An introduction to the new Novitiate minister, and to the specific resources that make Philadelphia a great place for the new Novitiate.
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February 8, 2019 - This letter provides a thorough overview of our findings and this important step in shaping our shared future, as well as discussion points for our March–April Consultations.
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February 7, 2019 - The Journey of Oneness moves forward, with many more updates ahead and many ways to stay on top of such updates.
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February 7, 2019 - The U.S. New Membership Team emerges out of a discernment process to begin its work: meet its members.
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February 7, 2019 - New elements emerged out of the last round of consultations, with more affirmation and discovery ahead for the next rounds.
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December 13, 2018 - Explains how the work to integrate the activities that support Mercy life and mission will continue.
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November 12, 2018 - This letter details the process by which decisions are being made about critical functions, as well as some of the initial outcomes.
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August 23, 2018 - Video and written updates about the key assumptions and processes that undergird the Institute's Justice work as it undertakes the Journey of Oneness.
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August 8, 2018 - Video and written updates about the key assumptions and processes that undergird the Institute's Ministry work as it undertakes the Journey of Oneness.
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August 8, 2018 - Video and written updates about the key assumptions and processes that undergird the Institute's Association work as it undertakes the Journey of Oneness.
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July 25, 2018 - Video and written updates about the key assumptions and processes that undergird the Institute's New Membership work as it undertakes the Journey of Oneness.
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July 25, 2018 - Video and written updates about the key assumptions and processes that undergird the Institute's Health and Wellness work as it undertakes the Journey of Oneness.
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July 10, 2018 - Video and written updates about the key assumptions and processes that undergird the Institute's Communications work as it undertakes the Journey of Oneness.
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June 27, 2018 - A series of three videos offering lessons learned by NyPPaW during its transition to one leadership team.
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April 5, 2018 - Attendees share sources of strength and areas of challenge as they journey step by step into Oneness, examining what that may mean for both individuals and Institute.
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April 5, 2018 – As part of the Journey of Oneness, the ILT is forming one New Membership Team and announcing a search for a new Institute Director of New Membership and a new minister for the canonical novitiate.
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March 23, 2018 – The Journey of Oneness inspires and helps to frame the conversations for the upcoming ILC meeting.
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March 8, 2018 – An invitation to share Journey of Oneness questions with the ILT (email link incl.).
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January 25, 2018 (Video) - This link will redirect you to YouTube.
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January 25, 2018 – An introduction to the Integrating Sisters’ Life and Governance Committee, including its goal, charge, methodology, timeline, proposed membership, and time commitment.
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January 11, 2018 – Sister Pat McDermott offers a reflection to help members ask energizing questions about change as they consider their own contributions to the Journey of Oneness.
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December 14, 2017 – Sister Pat McDermott offers a reflection to help members place the Journey of Oneness inside a larger context as they consider their own contributions to that journey.
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November 2, 2017 – An in-depth examination of the work of the development teams: what it is (and is not), how it’s organized, important considerations as the work begins, and reflections from new team members.
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October 19, 2017 – In a meeting to begin the next phase of the critical functions design process, the development teams learned more about their task and reviewed important considerations for their work.
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October 5, 2017 – Newly formed development teams (link incl.) will meet to begin their work on the next phase of the critical functions design process of the Journey of Oneness.
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July 27, 2017 – This letter from the ILT on the Journey of Oneness offers key learnings from the design phase, a broad timeline for the developmental phase, and a reiterated commitment to communication.
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June 1, 2017 – In this video (link incl.), Institute president Sister Pat McDermott reminds us why we as an Institute have embarked on the Journey of Oneness and offers a recap and future highlights.
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May 4, 2017 – Video interviews from several members of the critical functions design teams, recorded during their March 2017 meeting and highlighting the teams’ research and consultation process.
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Apr 19, 2017 – This link will redirect you to YouTube, where members of the critical functions design teams will share their perspectives on their process.
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April 19, 2017 – After three days of intense meetings, design teams revised and refined their initial recommendations; after ILT and ILC review, the development phase will move into more specific details.
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April 6, 2017 – The Institute Chapter Planning Team (ICPT) updated its list of Chapter FAQs (link incl.) to respond to member questions about the Journey of Oneness.
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March 23, 2017 – Design teams for the 13 critical functions will continue work on their recommendations, which afterwards will be submitted to the ILC for consideration.
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March 21, 2017 – Timeline for the three phases of the critical functions work: design, development, and implementation.
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March 9, 2017 – After broad consultation with Institute stakeholders, the design teams share their sense of both the challenges and the overarching spirit of cooperation and collaboration in their work.
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February 23, 2017 – Design teams for the 13 critical functions will meet to continue their work on recommendations regarding how their functions could be designed in support of future needs.
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February 20, 2017 – From March through May, the Institute Governance Work Group will attend U.S. based Community gatherings to consult on a draft governance model (link incl.) for the Institute.
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January 12, 2017 – The redesigned New York Pennsylvania West Community and the new Community of the Philippines lead the way in transitioning to delegated leadership under the ILT.
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October 20, 2016 – Design teams (link incl.) have been appointed for each of the 13 critical functions (link incl.) to think through how to adapt to a changed leadership structure.
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August 16, 2016 – An exploration of three key questions: 1) Where did the Journey of Oneness come from and why are we doing it? 2) What grounds us for this journey? 3) What are the key elements emerging in this journey?
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August 11, 2016 – The ILC shares its plans for the “design work” phase of the Journey of Oneness: 13 critical functions are to be redesigned in service of the movement to one leadership team.
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November 5, 2015 – The ILC share their recent discussions of four oneness-related areas: internationality, functions of life and mission, structures and processes for direction, and a phased transition of leadership.
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September 10, 2015 - Part of “Journey of Oneness through Chapter 2017 Member Engagement” materials, the first process for Chapter 2017.
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September 10, 2015 - Part of “Journey of Oneness through Chapter 2017 Member Engagement” materials, the first process for Chapter 2017.
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September 10, 2015 - Part of “Journey of Oneness through Chapter 2017 Member Engagement” materials, the first process for Chapter 2017.
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February 13, 2015 – In response to community engagement, the ILT shares a paper first prepared for the CLTs as both a reflection on the Institute’s journey and an invitation to a deeper transformation.
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January 15, 2015 – The ILT acknowledges community members for their engagement in the question of oneness and underscores the mission-centered vision behind the inquiry.
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November 20, 2014 – The ILC considers transitioning to one center of authority and one leadership team by 2023, and lays out its reasons and its prospective decision process.
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