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.
(1) Moving the margins is our marketised service economy?
* 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.
On social media platforms, the following hashtag will be used: #HearHealHope
Updates will be highlighted on:
Twitter: @CathSocServVicEmail: @CathSocServVic
Accommodation and Parking, speakers and program information 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.