Pathways to Deep Change and Transformation
Ted Dunn's newest book is now published!
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Pathways to Deep Change and Transformation
By Ted Dunn
Catholic religious communities, like many faith-based organizations, are at a crossroads. They are experiencing a seismic transition not only in their demographics but also in their identity, integrity, and relevancy, indeed, their very soul. Dr. Ted Dunn explores these Graced Crossroads addressing four central questions:
What are the graced crossroads religious communities are now facing and the deeper invitations calling them to the inner work of transformation?
What are the challenges and opportunities in our world and within Religious Life that have brought communities to these graced crossroads?
How might communities assess their capacity to engage in communal transformation, what will it ask of them, and what can they expect to come from it?
What does a Journey of Transformation truly involve and how can communities proactively engage in this Divine Mystery?
Dr. Ted Dunn offers a comprehensive and innovative approach that integrates the pragmatic work of planning and visioning with the inner work of transformation, an approach he calls a Journey of Transformation. The foundation of this approach comes from his in-depth examination of the nature of transformation and his 30 years of experience guiding communities through these crossroads. Looking through the lenses of different disciplines, he arrives at the guiding principles and dynamic elements of transformation. These are integrated into the Journey of Transformation and illustrated throughout the book.
Dr. Ted Dunn will be presenting at NRRO (National Religious Retirement Office) in May, 2021 (exact date and title to be determined).
Dr. Ted Dunn will be presenting and teaching at Forest Dwelling: Spirituality for our Wisdom Years, a program sponsored by Ronald Rolheiser and the Oblate School of Theology (2021, exact dates and title to be determined).
"The Role of Meaning-Making in Transitional Times." Published in the Fall, 2019 issue of the The Occasional Papers.
Ted Dunn, Ph.D. addresses three relevant questions for our times:
Why is meaning important in our lives?
Why is meaning-making especially important in times of transition?
How can communities and leaders, in particular, attend to this meaning-making effort?
Facilitation Training Workshops
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Journey of Transformation
Dr. Ted Dunn, Sr. Toni Harris, OP and Mr. Patrick Del Ponte presented at the 2019 RCRI National Conference in Dallas.
Religious life is going through a Great Turning – an enormous transition driven by the forces of change and drawn into the future by the lure and love of God. Demographic changes alone demand that communities adapt their structures and approaches to mission, community and stewardship of resources. Yet, beyond the need for change lies a deeper invitation: God’s call to choose life. This session presents an integrated approach to planning and visioning that addresses not only the personal, communal and systemic demands for change, but a means for engaging the deeper, inner and interpersonal work of transformation. This session places strategic planning in the context of a Journey of Transformation. We address the type of leadership, processes and visioning structures needed to help communities address the complex issues of organizational change within the context of a faith journey and drawing upon the experience of the Sinsinawa Dominicans.
Over the last few years, Dr. Dunn has introduced his work, guiding communities through a “Journey of Transformation” to religious leaders and communities throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Central America. His efforts to assist communities through processes of deep change and transformation are inviting communities to open their boundaries and include more laity in the visioning processes. This seeds the processes with new energy, imagination and talent. As a result, these communities are opening up “new life,” discovering new energy, and reaching across differences and develop a shared vision for the future.
People want to “choose” life, but they need a way forward, across the desert, amidst the inherent ambiguity and challenges of such a journey. While there is no blueprint, plenty of “pitfalls,” and each community must make its own path, there are processes that help communities stay on the path of transformation. Dr. Dunn, and his wife/partner, Dr. Beth Lipsmeyer, assist communities seeking to create their path to the future and remain faithful to the journey.
We will NOT be Silent Anymore!
“We will not be silent anymore!” was the chant at the rally on behalf of immigrants in downtown San Antonio. The Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence, a catholic religious community in San Antonio, sponsored a rally on behalf of all Hispanic immigrants, and the silent majority of U.S. citizens, who wish to welcome the stranger. Over 100 people came to pray, sing, peacefully march the streets, and hear from several speakers about the plight of immigrants and what we could do about it.
As a result of this rally, and as a way to build upon what we began, we are inviting those who attended the rally, and others who share in this cause. Ted and Beth with be facilitating this gathering sponsored by the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence at their center in San Antonio. The purpose of the day will be to share our understandings, resources, ways in which we might be able to help, and to mobilize actions in support of the Hispanic immigrants. We will gather, put our heads and hearts together, and come up with creative ways to network, support, and create action steps that could be taken.