News and Info

Jane Forni, SSND, NACAR Board member

The newest edition of The Associate is now available to registered users for download here . Beginning with this issue, we are introducing a new feature. We will be publishing a feature article on our website for anyone to read. We are also inviting NACAR members who have registered for the website to submit comments, questions and opinions in response to this article. The intent is to initiate an online conversation where participants are able to see and respond to each other as well as to the article. To submit responses, be sure to login and then go to the bottom of the article and click on "Add new comment" or reply to any comment that has already been posted by going to the existing comment and adding a new one.

In the reorganization of NACAR and the NACAR Board over the past months, board members have frequently discussed questions about the meaning of association and the nature of the relationship between associates and their respective congregations. Vatican II established the original foundation for what has become the associate movement in North America fifty years ago by "shining a spotlight" on lay persons in the church and emphasizing the baptismal call of all Christians to be in mission in the world.

During the ensuing years, the answers to questions about association and associates have shifted and evolved as congregations and their associates have grappled with the practical realities of developing and implementing formal programs. There are numerous forms of association and a variety of ways in which associates and congregations establish and live out their mutual commitments. What seems to me to be core to association, however, are two interrelated notions, call and the relationship that flows from that call.

JesterWherever this finds you, my NACAR board colleagues, staff and I hope and pray you are doing well, and that your associate ministry continues to thrive!

We are happy to report that this month's workshop in Burlingame, California, is sold out! This is wonderful news because it offers all participants an opportunity to gain much more from the workshop experience than if otherwise is the case. Each brings their gifts and wisdom to share in the presence of the Holy Spirit, and we grow and transform the associate movement as a result! Board members Kathy Herrington and I look forward to co-hosting.

On the opposite side of the country, we anticipate another NACAR workshop sell out: Contemporary Spirituality of Association. The venue is Notre Dame of Maryland University, Baltimore. Dates: June 14 – 16, 2012. Check out the details, and start making plans to attend!

The Spring 2012 issue of the The Associate  is now available!!!

If you are a current member of NACAR and have registered on the website, you will be able to access it.

In order to register click on the word Register on the left side of the page and follow the steps for setting up your own user name and password. We will approve your registration, if you are a current member of NACAR and then you are ready to go. If you are uncertain about these instructions, contact us.

The link to The Associate, Spring 2012, Volume 17, Number 1 is on the right side of the page. You can also go download it directly here

There is an important article on regionalization written by Board Member, Joe Connell. We encourage you to read and consider its implications before the Conference in June.

Read about the Lay Associates Open Conference that was held in Tennessee in January, the Elizabeth Ann Seton Award recipient, a new section of the Leadership Manual being published and so much more!

Thanks to Board Member Jane Forni, SSND and David Lavender, CDP Associate and Volunteer Editor, for all of their work in putting this issue together.

Blessings,

The NACAR Board of Directors and the Management Team

We are getting excited for the NACAR Conference "A Journey of Blessings" to be held June 1-3, 2012, in Chicago, IL, with Joyce Rupp as the keynote speaker. If you haven't had a chance to register, it is easy. First read the registration packet on our website and then register.

An Email was sent out in mid-January letting you know that NACAR's Annual Report  can be seen on our website. If you haven't had a chance to read it, please take some time to do so. The content is worthwhile, and it even has pie charts. Cool!

Also posted on the website are the benefits of being a congregational or individual NACAR member. If you are unaware of them, follow the link. A new benefit for Congregational Members is Job Posting on the NACAR website. If you would like a Position posted, please contact us and we will post it for 30 days at no charge.

A new issue of The Associate is in the works. Articles are due today - February 1. If you have an article to submit, including upcoming events, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The NACAR Board of Directors and Management Team