The national Catholic social services conference, Serving Communities with Courage and Compassion
, covered a range of topics that impact those working in the sector, and those we serve. They included sessions on Catholic social services journeying effectively with our First Peoples, housing and the homeless, children and vulnerable people, regional Australians and those impacted by domestic violence, disability and/or the justice system, and much more.
Coverage of conference topics, included:
Church governance needs to walk the walk, by Prof John Warhurst, EurekaStreet, 25 February 2020
- Catholic church governance suffers considerable dilemmas. The clue to its problems comes from the challenging recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to review ‘the governance and management structures of dioceses and parishes, including in relation to issues of transparency, accountability, consultation and the participation of lay men and women’. In doing so the RC noted with some approval the approaches to governance of largely lay-led Catholic health, community services and education agencies.
Embracing First Nations voices in the Church, by John Lochowiak, EurekaStreet, 24 February 2020
- Pope Francis’ 'Querida Amazonia' (Beloved Amazonia) has been warmly received by many members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic community. The tone of the exhortation is reflective of the position that underpins our vision for the Church in Australia — a Church that is open to the gifts of First Nations Catholics, honest to the past and embracing of a new way of thinking that utilizes the principle of subsidiarity.
Catholic Church's response to natural disasters, CSSV, 19 February 2020
- The Australian community is facing the challenge of recovering from a summer of natural disasters ― fires, floods and drought. Many Catholic agencies have been involved in providing relief to affected communities. Dr Ursula Stephens, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia; Jack de Groot, CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society NSW; and Janet Cribbes who headed up the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne's response to the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires (through CentaCare) present on this topic.
Parishes as centres of social services, CSSV, 13 February 2020
- This workshop, Parishes as an Integral Part of Social Services, will be led by Mark Phillips, CEO of CatholicCare Sydney; Cathy Hammond, Executive Manager Mission and Outreach, CatholicCare Sydney; and Alana Crouch, Director, Catholic Early EdCare. Former executive director of Catholic Social Services Victoria, Denis Fitzgerald, will chair the workshop on Thursday 27th February, from 3:30pm - 5:00pm.
Hopeful vision for a better NDIS by Helen Burt, EurekaStreet, 10 February
- The Royal Commission into Family Violence conducted by the Victorian Government in 2015, told many of us what we fundamentally already knew — that family violence is a widespread issue for many women across this state, and that our services, systems, institutions and communities are not doing enough to effectively support victim survivors.
The bastard subsidiarity of bushfires responses by Andrew Hamilton SJ, EurekaStreet, 28 January 2020
- After disasters the media generally focus on the courage of the people affected by them and the compassion of the public response to them. That focus often changes to complaints about how slow, inadequate and flawed are the responses to it. The change of attention is natural as the energy needed to meet the immediate crisis wanes, and the scale of what has been lost and must be rebuilt becomes clear.
Looking forward to the national Catholic social services conference, focussing on the opening Wednesday night forum, CSSV, 1 December 2020
- This plenary, from 6:00pm - 8:30pm, will draw on the enduring wisdom, strength and resilience of our First Peoples. It will capture the lessons learned from the past ten years of Closing the Gap and will address how each of the targets are interconnected. Speakers include Helen Christensen, Indigenous Education Officer, Catholic Education Melbourne; Helen Kennedy, Chief Operations Officer, Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation; and Henry Williams, Reintegration Team Leader, Centacare Kimberley.
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