|Joni Paterson, M.Div. Ph.D. serves as Director of Development & Administration for CRUDEM. An ordained minister with the United Church of Christ, she was a hospital chaplain before joining CRUDEM in 2003 and has extensive experience in communications and strategic positioning. She lives in Western Massachusetts.|
These are Joni Paterson’s editorials from our Bon Nouvel Newsletters:
|Bat Tenèb: Beating Back the Darkness
2013: The Year of the Woman.
In the westernized world, women galvanize their gains forged over the past 100 years. Many congressional seats and governors’ mansions now have female occupants. Women marched into the ranks of most professions, if not with across the board equal pay, at least well positioned for exerting their experience and influence. read more…
|Finding Kinship in the Face of Difference
Once again, Haitians endured the brutality of natural forces as Tropical Storm Isaac took deadly aim at Hispaniola and left 29 and counting Haitians dead. As the storm churned through the Florida Straits, onward to the Gulf of Mexico, New Orleans and Gulf Coast communities took center position in the now hurricane’s crosshairs. read more…
|Can We Fix It?
An urgent question uttered around the world these days. “It” refers to the economy, the government (pick a country, any country,) political parties, storm ridden towns, educational systems (pick a system, any system,) cultural values, corporations (pick an organization, any organization) and on and on the list builds. read more…
|The Gift of Magdalene
Sister Ann stopped me in my tracks with the story of 5 year old Magdalene. One of six children, Magdalene lives in suffocating, extreme poverty with her parents, five siblings and blind grandparents.read more…
|The Birth of a Calling
1986 marks the official collaboration of CRUDEM/Hôpital Sacré Coeur. Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Ted Dubuque, Brother Yves Beausejour and first hospital administrator Annie Thelusmond ushered the small clinic into a new era of healthcare delivery.
|Partnering for Empowerment
A Native American tradition emphasizes the importance of ‘calling back your spirit,’ especially after a traumatic event. Without a spirit, the tradition claims, the body loses health, life loses purpose and joy, and death closes in.