NACAR Mission Statement

The North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) is a membership organization that acts as a catalyst to serve, empower and promote the Associate-Religious relationship.

NACAR Vision Statement

A vibrant, viable organization that collaborates with regional partners to promote association in all its forms.

November 2013

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Noella painting in Brudenell Provincial Park, PEI

Noella painting in Brudenell Provincial Park, PEI

artfestivalI had the pleasure of attending the Plein Air Art Festival on Prince Edward Island, Canada and watched each morning as the painters gathered in one location, selected the view they wished to recreate on their canvas and set up their easels. The artists worked in watercolour, acrylic and oil, capturing the sleepy harbours and sweeping beaches, the high blue skies and the wind-blown trees and grasses of PEI, yielding 158 paintings.  Each canvas captured the unique perspective of a talented artist as expressed through his/her personal style. 

I came to understand that this type of art-making challenges the artist to be true to a personal vision while embracing a common subject matter. It draws upon the talent of the individual, inviting each painter to give expression to her/his experience of the “place”. It means dealing with the wind and finding enough shade, ignoring the bugs and being aware of the changing light conditions. The results are varied, dynamic, exciting and diverse.

And so it has been for me as a member of the NACAR Board.

At each Board meeting I am struck by the creative variety and vibrant diversity within the associate movement. As NACAR members we share the associate experience but we each bring to our conversations and efforts the richness of the charisms of our many individual Congregations and the diverse graces of our personal giftedness.

Like the Plein Air Art Festival, NACAR invites us to explore the many and varied expressions of our shared experience of associate relationship. It provides an opportunity to gather in one place and gives us a way to support one another as we face together the challenges of our lived reality. It offers us a chance to showcase our work, to display and celebrate the attractiveness and joys of associate life. 

NACAR is for us our “gallery space.” Thanks to all who are creatively expressing their vision and sharing their enthusiasm for the associate movement through NACAR.

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