.On August 14, participants at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious annual 2019 conference sent a letter to President Trump. Affirmed by all 663 LCWR members gathered in assembly in Scottsdale, Ariz., the letter calls upon the president to end all divisive rhetoric. Read the full text at LCWR.org, https://lcwr.org/media/news/more-660-lcwr-members-call-president-trump-stop-all-divisive-and-polarizing-rhetoric.
Individual congregations were encouraged to mount their own media efforts to draw attention to the issue. In the Sisters of Providence Mother Joseph Province, Sister Judith Desmarais, provincial leader, garnered attention from several major Washington state media outlets with her letter to the editor:
I recently returned home from the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious where I joined 662 other leaders of orders of Catholic sisters who sent a letter to President Trump beseeching him to end all divisive rhetoric (full text at https://bit.ly/2YQNUAz). We added our voices to this letter because we believe the leaders of our country have a responsibility, a moral obligation, to be mindful of the common good and the dignity of each and every person. Language that fuels intolerance, fear and hatred toward our brothers and sisters of different races, religions, national origins, and so on, has no place in our democracy. We implored the president to stop using language that disrespects, dehumanizes or demonizes others and, rather, to use his unique position to inspire the best in everyone. These are times that require each of us to examine our own words and actions, to bring forth the grace and strength to avoid labeling or judging those who are different from us. Along with 35,000 sisters who minister throughout this nation, we will never cease raising our voices in prayer and on behalf of the common good.