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Catholic Social Services Conference, 21 - 23 February 2018

Early bird bookings are now open for the 2018 national Catholic social services conference:

Hearing, Healing, Hope
Evening of Wednesday 21, all day Thursday 22 and Friday 23 February 2018  at the Catholic Leadership Centre, East Melbourne.

The 2018 Catholic social services national conference will address key issues facing our society and our sector, and at each stage looking at the implications for us as individuals, for our organisations, and for our sector.  The conference poster is available here.

Features of the program include:
  • A forum on ecological conversion - 'the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth'
  • Changing the economic paradigm, with Joe Zabar, Ged Kearney and John Roskam.
  • A forum on responding to abuse, ensuring safe environments and dedication to service 
  • A masterclass on social media for mission 
  • Geraldine Doogue presenting the Mary MacKillop Oration  
Workshop topics are still being finalised.  They will include current issues relating to NDIS, housing, governance, human rights, regional development and aged care.  An email with workshop details will follow soon to those who have purchased tickets.
 
Click for an outline program, or for more detail
The conference will bring together leaders of today and tomorrow to strengthen the contribution of the Catholic social services sector in building strong and sustainable communities and in encouraging human flourishing.
 
It 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 and community 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.


Tickets are affordably priced

  • Early Bird All Conference Sessions is $385, plus $75 for Conference Dinner.
  • A group discount of 10% is available for four or more tickets.
  • Early Bird discount of 10% is available until 19 December. 
The Ecology Forum is available as a single session for $50; other single sessions are priced at $100.  

Click here to book:  https://www.trybooking.com/SWXQ


Click here for accommodation options. Click here for transport and parking options.

 For enquiries etc please contact Lucia Brick:  Tel: (03) 9287 5566, lucia.brick@css.org.au 

STAY CONNECTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA: #HearHealHope
Updates will be highlighted on: Twitter @CathSocServVic; Facebook @CathSocServVic

With thanks to our sponsors: 

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CONFERENCE THEMES

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

We will focus 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 of 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

What can we learn from the marginalisation of the Church in Australian society today? We'll focus on our response to the Royal Commission into Responding to Child Sexual Abuse, including:
* what should we do to maintain outreach and advocacy?
* how do we 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 and for societal change.

(4) Listening to the spirit to build a sustainable and equitable future

 
We will focus on:

* 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?
* how do we include 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 and community 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.

STAY CONNECTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA: #HearHealHope


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

For any further enquiries 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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