Together We Can Go Far

Two people walking along a railroad track view from the hips down"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”—African Proverb

Fr. Bryan Massingale, PhD shared this proverb during his keynote presentation, “Courage for an Interim Time That Does Not Yet Know Its Name” at the 2019 Religious Formation Conference (RFC) Congress last week. His presentation was powerful from beginning to end, but these words were like thunder in my ears.

I wouldn’t have heard him speak had the Religious Formation Conference Board of Directors not welcomed NACAR members to join them in this 2019 Congress. RFC’s invitation was a blessing, a chance for us to go together, further.

At this same meeting, FSPA Affiliate Marci Madary, DMin presented a valuable, two-part seminar on mutuality. I knew it was desirable; I now understand the dynamics of mutuality and why it is a worthy pursuit for collaborators.

 Marci Madary in front of screen with "Moving toward Mutuality" projected on it

Marci Madary, DMin at the 2019 RFC Conference

I can’t imagine being a director of Associates without NACAR. I thrive on the resource sharing, training, and networking; more importantly, NACAR reminds me to raise my eyes, prayers and heart to the “not yet”. Otherwise, I might be occupied with the comparatively easy ‘busy work’ on my desk—so much so—that I don’t have time to be the leader these times call us to be and to dream into the future. I can do this with NACAR’s rich membership, regional communities and encouragement.

Let’s not take it for granted, okay? If you know others who care about associate way of life as a means to carry all manner of charisms to the very ends of the earth—encourage them to be members of NACAR. Who in your community could serve on a NACAR committee or on the Board? As all of us are experiencing crises of finance and human resources to continue our work—so is NACAR. Does it matter? If so, how will you step up?

You can go faster alone. But together, we can go far …

(See more photos of the Religious Formation Conference Congress here!)


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