On July 17 and 18, 2018, seven congregations of women religious from across the country will meet at the 7 ½ acre compound of the Maryknoll Sisters in Monrovia, CA to help rethink the connection between mission, resources, and properties in light of a vision of integral ecology as outlined in Pope Francis’s encyclical to the world, Laudato Si’. (Please note that this Blitz event is by invitation only.)
We describe the reimagining process as nothing less than Thinking Wrong. Legendary designer John Bielenberg, author of Think Wrong, the book, will lead the two-day event.
Philosophical theologian John B. Cobb, Jr., member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-editor of the first volume of responses to appear on Laudato Si’, will frame the conference in philosophical perspective. Additional collaborators associated with Pando will participate as facilitators for the Think Wrong exercises and provide further perspective.
The July convening will be the second in a series of what we call PANDOTOPIA Blitzes – opportunities to think wrong in the company of the most passionate, informed, and creative people we can bring together to focus on integral ecology. The first event, tracing to December 1, 2017, gathered visionaries of every sort to conceive a proposal for reimagining the Maryknoll Monrovia compound as a test-case model for incarnating the vision of Laudato Si’. The ideas conceived at that time have recently been green-lighted for experimental implementation in Monrovia.
The July conference will discuss these plans, seek broad input, and imagine the applicability and potential impact of Thinking Wrong on communities of religious nationwide and on the local communities of those attending. This opportunity comes at a time when religious communities are re-imagining how their resources can be connected in service to the future of their mission, charism, and legacy.
The conference is for members of religious communities and is by invitation only.