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Dr. Ted Dunn's Recent Published Articles

Journey of Transformation

Insights and challenges from younger members

The Religious Formation Conference  has published Dr. Ted Dunn's article in the March, 2017 issue of InFormation. The survey of younger religious provided a number of insights and challenges for their respective communities and religious life as a whole. This article describes several of these themes.

Transformation of Religious Life

Contemplative reflections of “younger” members

LCWR's Occasional Papers (Winter, 2017) has published Dr. Dunn's review of responses to his national survey for “younger” sisters in the United States. This survey tapped the experience and reflections of sisters under 50 years of age regarding their own community’s efforts to discern God’s call to new life through various transformative processes.

Discerning Choices for New Life

A survey of Options

Communities were surveyed as the kinds of choices they were discerning (e.g., Refounding, Reconfiguring or Restructuring). They offered their reflections on the costs and benefits of their efforts, and insights. Their collective learning and recommendations are discussed in the article providing guidance for communities exploring these possibilities.

Gather the Wisdom, Weave a Dream

Transformative Visioning as a Refounding Process

"Gather the Wisdom, Weave a Dream" discusses Transformative Visioning, one of the dynamic elements of Transformation or Refounding.

Refounding Religious Life

A choice for Transformational Change

Refounding Religious life discusses the five dynamic elements of transformation or refounding:

  1. Transformation of Consciousness;

  2. Re-authentication of your Charism (or the soul of community);

  3. Reconciliation and Conversion;

  4. Experimentation and Learning;

  5. Transformative Visioning.

Interior Freedom: A reflective Guide

Creating a space to listen to God

The notion of interior freedom is a core principle of Ignatian discernment. The article discusses concrete ways of achieving it.

Circular Models of Leadership

Birthing a New Way of Being

The shift from hierarchical to circular models of leadership is often mentioned, but rarely described. Different models of leadership, including circular models, are described here along with their pros and cons.

Don't Resist Resistance

The heart-work of change

This article reframes resistance as the doorway to change, not the barrier.

Triangulation and the Misuse of Power

Victims, Villians and Martyrs

This article discusses the all to frequent experience of triangulation. Its basis is conflict avoidance, which quickly leads to camps (group triangulation), with Victims, Villains and Martyrs forming the basic triangle. 

Election and Communal Discernment: Goals, Myths, and Gifts

Chapter walls have memories

Communal discernment of leadership has its goals, myths and challenges. This article discusses all three.

Where two or more are gathered

There is politics

While where two or more are gathered can bring Jesus among them, it often brings politics as well. This article discusses ways to minimize the politics.

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