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Catholic Social Services Conference, 21 - 23 February 2018

We're looking forward to welcoming many from the Catholic Social Services community across Australia, including current and future leaders, as well as other parts of the Church with whom we work to the Hearing, Healing, Hope national conference, 21-23 February 2018, at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne.

Purpose of the Conference

The conference will bring together leaders of today and tomorrow:
* to strengthen the contribution of the Church and our organisations to human flourishing and building supportive communities
* working with each other in identifying collective and organisational responses to key issues faced by Catholic agencies in carrying out their mission today.

Conference Themes

(1) Moving to the margins in our marketised service economy

Focussing on:
* Pope Francis’ agenda of ‘moving to the margins’
* What is the heart of Catholic mission and identity in Australia today?
* Working together as a Church (health, parishes, schools, social services, and with the community.
* The encroachment if the market: challenges and opportunities
* partnership with Government, but retaining agency
* affordable housing/ disability/ aged care for those on the margins

(2) A Church on the margins

Learning from the marginalisation of the Church in Australian society today.
Responding to the Royal Commission into responses to child sexual abuse:
* what should we do to maintain outreach, advocacy?
* what should be we as part of the Church?
* how to ensure safety for children and vulnerable people.

(3) Finding hope in our troubled society

Looking at the impact of drugs, alcohol, mental health, violence and popularism.
Learning from our Catholic social services experience on:
* how should we respond as a society?
* priorities for advocacy, for societal change

(4) Listening to the spirit to build a sustainable and equitable future
* Laudato Si and its call for ecological conversion
* in how we live and how our organisations operate
* protecting people on the margins and in poverty in Australia
* listening to Indigenous Australians
* Impacting on public policy settings

Over-arching the four themes listed above is that of formation and developing our people in mission:

* modelling: why is it important that our people have a lived understanding of mission?
* what characteristics do we need in our leaders, and our people generally?
* including young people in our formation and leadership development

Who is this conference for?

The conference will achieve its potential with engagement from Catholic social service providers (including health and education), from across the country - board members, trustees, CEO’s and executives, staff, leaders at all levels, parish priests, seminarians and those involved in other faith-based organisations.

The contribution of future leaders and participants who reflect the diversity of our Church and our society will enrich the conference for everyone, and will help us to collectively build a sound future.

Get Social

On social media platforms, the following hashtag will be used: #HearHealHope

Updates will be highlighted on:
Twitter: @CathSocServVic
Facebook: @CathSocServVic

Accommodation and Parking, speakers and program information, including costs, will be posted soon!

For any further questions, please contact Lucia Brick: 
Tel: (03) 9287 5566
Review information about the 2015 Review, Reimagine, Renew national Catholic social services conference here.
Catholic Social Services Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the Communities where we work.
Cardinal Knox Centre. 383 Albert Street (PO Box 146), East Melbourne Vic 3002
Tel: (03) 9287 5566 Fax: (03) 9287 5567 Email: office@css.org.au
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