Sister Jean Leahy
I can think of many examples of nurturing...
The first thing to consider is how much I have been nurtured in community over these years. Great thanks are due for all that has been received through community.
I can think of many examples of nurturing — and being nurtured — in the communities in the various high schools in which I taught and also in the parishes where I served as Pastoral Assistant.
However I think I will focus on the present and my involvement with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. Here I am involved with community on a variety of levels — local, diocesan, national and international. In the first three levels, nurturing community is important as we are all engaged in support for the interest of the fourth level, i.e. solidarity (another name for community) with peoples in the Global South (developing countries) which is brought about by partnerships with various groups there.
I was privileged to experience this in a more active way by taking part in a D&P trip to Bolivia and joining with partners there as they nurture community with the poor. This kind of community is also part of KAIROS, the Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives which unites 11 churches and religious organizations in faithful action for ecological justice and human rights. I belong to a local KAIROS group which adds the ecumenical dimension.