Integrated Approach to Mission Effectiveness

Integrated Approach to Mission Effectiveness


Session 4 – Partnership / Co-Responsibility and Formation

This last session for 2021 on Integral Ecology on Partnership / Co-responsibility and Formation was well attended by more than 160 persons from all the units in Asia Pacific. The gathering was hosted by Sashi Natarajan, Gendrie Klein-Breteler and Theresa Symons; with reflective sharings by Sr Jane Nway Nway, Sr Salomi Cruz and Cecilia Ee on Partnership / Co-responsibility and by Sr Josita Corera on Formation.

The presentation (link below) is beautiful to explore, retracing the journey of 400 years to today.  It concludes with the message:  

Let's do our part to co-create the future.

Let's go out and do something good...

you, me, we can work together!

Click here - Integral Ecology - Partnership / Co-responsibility and Formation

YouTube link


Next session 27 January 2022

The next session to conclude the year-long Integral Ecology initiative for Asia Pacific will be held on 27 January 2022 @ 11am Malaysian time when we will come together to share our stories on implementing our respective Integral Ecology initiative.

Look out for more information.


Explore the new Towards Integration website 

Towards Integration website.

We encourage everyone to use the Towards Integration website as a resource tool in our individual and collective journey towards mission effectiveness.  It can be used for initial and ongoing formation for sisters as well as capacity development of mission partners into the integrated approach to mission effectiveness. Please share the Towards Integration website to all your units and beyond.  It is meant to be used widely by all in GS mission.


Revisit previous sessions

Session 1 - “The Good Shepherd Position on Integration: Introducing the Integral Ecology Initiative.”

Ms Theresa Symons, Asia Pacific Regional Manager GSIF hosted this first session on 19 February 2021. 220 persons registered for the session.

Many who reached out after the session shared that it was enriching and deep, the content / resource booklet helpful in assisting the units in implementing their province direction statements. 

Some have reached out for the Towards Integration Resource Tool which can be downloaded here.

Joan Lopez, Gendrie Klein-Breteler, Sashi Natarajan and Theresa Symons are available to journey with Units on the integrated approach.

Material for your reference and sharing in your units

Slides used for the session: the response to the two poll questions have been added to the respective slide.  It is interesting to note that all units in Asia Pacific have integral ecology / care for the earth and integrated approach to mission effectiveness as part of their Province Direction Statements.

Click here - Integral Ecology: Using the Integrated Approach to Mission Effectiveness

YouTube link


Related Session on Integral Ecology - Sr Winifred Doherty

This is an interesting 10 minute sharing which can be accessed from this link The video is 2 hours in length and Winifred’s session is from 1:16:00 to 1:27:06.

Winifred mentions our efforts as Asia Pacific to deepen our understanding of the GS Position Papers and to progress the Integrated Approach to Integral Ecology.


Session 2 - "Good Ministry Practice, Spirituality and Justice: An Introduction to Theory of Change."

Held on April 8, the session was participated by about 106 sisters and partners-in-mission from all the AP units.  As preparation, the units shared their respective plans to implement Integral Ecology using the Integrated Approach to Mission Effectiveness. They followed the integrated process of (i) listening to their own inner wisdom, (ii) entering into the experience of the other and (iii) touching the reality of those at the margins.  We look forward to the overall impact this initiative will have on each unit and the AP region as a whole.

The focus of the session was on Good Ministry Practice - the Theory of Change as a step-by-step guide to assist the units map their own process of change (impact -> outcome -> output -> activities -> input) to achieve their desired goals Integral Ecology. 

Click here - Good Ministry Practice, Spirituality and Justice: An Introduction to Theory of Change

Slides to session and overall image of initiatives to be carried in Asia Pacific.

YouTube link 


Session 3 - "Integral Ecology - Spirituality" 

This session was held on 21 July 2021.  It was amazing to welcome 219 registrants for this Integral Ecology Session on Spirituality.  At the session there were 160+ Zoom connections with many sites having multiple attendees.   Joan Lopez, Paula Sgherza and Theresa Symons express appreciation to many who approached them after the session to share that they were touched by the sharing on spirituality. 

You are invited to explore 

1. Slides that were used during the session.  

Click here - Integral Ecology - Spirituality

2. Flyer from GS Indonesia on Integral Ecology

Click here - Spirituality, Transformation, Connection

3. Sharing on Resistance – a powerful sharing that will lead us into the next session on Partnership / Co-responsibility and Formation

Click here - Sharing on Resistance

Break out group responses.  It is encouraging to see that many have moved in their understanding of integral ecology.

YouTube link

Integral Ecology – Spirituality -


Invitation to all to participate in your Units

We encourage everyone to come together in your units to collectively envision the change you want to see in your Units by the end of 2021 using the integrated approach.  It is a process… so take your time to listen to your inner wisdom, enter into the experience of the other and touch the reality of those at the margins.  


Overall impact for Asia Pacific - chart

Click here - Overall impact for Asia Pacific - chart


Theresa Symons

Asia Pacific Regional Manager

Good Shepherd International Foundation Onlus