Teleconference: Developing a Strategy to Ensure the Future of Religious Life with Sr. Linda Romey

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Erie Benedictine Linda Romey has been focused on the evolution religious life for a number of years. In this telecast she will be presenting the open source movement as a model for facilitating the growth of new offshoots of traditional religious life and the important role of networking in the growth process. Linda will also discuss how the ways we think and speak about religious life influence the perceptions of the wider church and culture. She will close with a few thoughts on the importance of think tanks, public relations and media campaigns to change negative perceptions.

Prior to becoming a Benedictine Sister of Erie, Linda was a member of an intentional lay community, modeled on the Catholic Worker, in the early 1980s. She left this community to be a lay missioner in Colombia, South America, where she was actively involved with Comunidades Ecclesiales de Base from mid-80s to 1993. Currently Linda is the web developer/designer and does marketing for the Erie Benedictines, Monasteries of the Heart and Benetvision. Linda holds a B.A. in Theology and French from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, and an MBA from DeVry University, Keller Graduate School of Management.