"Small but vital" became the buzz word of the 2002 Chapter following a late-entry and brief paper by Fr. Larry Lewis. We recognized this as the underlying issue underpinning all other topics. It went on to dominate the post-Chapter process. We read papers, we broke out in small groups, we broke out in hives and I am happy to report that after seven years of discussion on "Small but vital" we have achieved half of our objective.
Now comes John's suggestion we assemble and discuss "diminishment". I got a better idea: why not discuss what it means to be "vital"? It seems like the first is going to happen no matter how many committees we form. How we remain alive and responsive, creative and involved without giving in to cynicism and grouchiness, now THERE is a challenge.