Judith Lund, OP, was featured in a Dec. 9 NBC Montana (KECI, KCFW, KTVM) news story titled “Volunteers sleep out to raise money, awareness for homeless youth.” While it’s not common to see people camping in December, more than 30 volunteers from Kalispell slept outside for Sparrow’s Nest of Northwest Montana’s largest annual fundraiser to help students experiencing homelessness. Judith has participated from the start five years ago. “We had 12 people when we first started and it was cold and rainy, but people stuck through it,” she said. There are about 350 homeless students in Flathead Valley. “It’s a matter of awareness that touches these young people’s hearts who need a chance,” said Judith. “It’s about having a feeling of what our homeless students go though.” Click here to honor this Sister.
Toni Harris, OP, had an article published recently in Intercultural Living: Explorations in Missiology, edited by Lazar Stanislaus and Martin Ueffing, and published by Orbis Books, 2018. Toni’s article, “More or Less in the Divine Image? Gender Justice in an Intercultural Context,” investigates the implications of gender in efforts of global justice. “Effective efforts to promote the Reign of God—God’s dream for the world—in our globalized reality must recognize the importance of gender and culture,” Toni writes. Her five sections address the Meanings of Key Terms, Scriptures and Social Teaching, Unjust Conditions for Women, Responses: Civil and Ecclesial, and LGBTQIA Persons and Gender Justice. Toni concludes, “Gender justice requires everyone’s efforts . . . Women and ‘gender-variant’ persons must assert that they, too, are created in God’s image. . . . Respect for human dignity must be in the forefront of our intercultural exchanges” (226). Click here to honor this Sister.