Our First Pilot Residency!
The first Nuns & Nones residency took place from November 2018-May 2019. Five younger activists, educators, and organizers moved into Mercy Center in Burlingame, California, to live alongside the Sisters of Mercy for six months of shared learning and relationship-building. Stories from this experiment—and a harvest of learnings to inform future residencies—will be posted here soon.
In the meantime, you can find written reflections from resident sisters and millennials in this edition of Viva Mercy. You can also learn more about this groundbreaking effort on the Mercy Center website, in this National Catholic Reporter article, and on our blog.
Here are some images and words from our residents.
Search for a Partner Community
[NOTE: We will be issuing additional invitations for partner communities in 2019. For now, we are leaving up this text from the call that led to our first Pilot Residency with the Sisters of Mercy. If you are interested in learning about future opportunities, be sure to sign up on our email list at the bottom of the page. We’d also be happy to hear from you anytime! Drop a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.]
We are searching for one or more partner communities with which to build deeper relationships and explore creative, intergenerational approaches to forwarding and stewarding mission, charism, and sacred space.
To start, we are looking for a value-aligned community of women religious, asking questions about the future, that would be excited about inviting in 4-8 millennials for a 3-9 month learning residency—a period of listening, sharing, and relationship-building.
During this time, we imagine:
Creating a local hub for learning, contemplation, and action together, co-inhabiting living space or simply concentrating members of our team together nearby.
Creating spacious time for listening, discerning, and learning alongside one another.
Inviting other like-hearted allies with relevant models or skills to share for visits or small gatherings.
In the longer-term, we have all kinds of big dreams!
Click the button below to learn more about us, the invitation, and explore whether this might be a fit for your community!