- 17 August 2019 - 16 November 2019
9:30AM - 12:30PM
A joint venture of Aquinas Academy and Catalyst for Renewal
August 17th – Rev Gerard Kelly
“The Way of Dialogue in the Future Church”
The basic premise of this talk is that the church is a community of dialogue. At various points in our history this has not been obvious, but the 20th century saw dialogue emerge as a source of ecclesial renewal. It was then that the dialogue between different churches or Christian traditions began to flourish. In these early decades of the 21st century, we need a broader dialogue. Already we recognise the importance of dialogue with other religions. But we also need a dialogue with the world. This talk will consider “the signs of the times” in order to discern more carefully the range of our dialogue partners. But we also need to set some ideas about the basis for dialogue. This will help us to look at different types of dialogue and what they mean for us in practice.
Gerard Kelly is a Catholic priest from Sydney. The focus of his ministry has been theological education. He has a long engagement with other churches in ecumenical dialogue. He is currently the co-chair of the Lutheran–Roman Catholic Dialogue in Australia, and is chair of the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia.
September 21st – Jenny Washington
“Using Lamentations to Lament: Exploring healing for ourselves and others through sorrow-filled stories”
Jenny Washington is the Pastoral Care Manager at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst. She is passionate about her work in assisting Chaplains and Pastoral Care Practitioners to develop their capacity to provide thoughtful and sensitive spiritual care to people faced with a health crisis. She believes that experience has a great deal to teach us if only we take the time to critically reflect and particularly, to reflect within a community of practice. Jenny believes that our spirituality is what enlivens us, enabling us to be creative and thoughtful in our responses to the various challenges of our time. Jenny is a keen cyclist who looks forward to meeting new people and challenges.
During the workshop participants will
1. Be introduced to the place of ‘lament in our Spiritual journey’ through exploring the Book of Lamentations
2. Be provided the opportunity to write their own laments, and give expressionto the messier, unwelcome parts of life, to the moments of death and resurrection that awaken our souls
October 19th – Sr Leone Pallisier osu
“Come and See. Being a Disciple in our time and place”
Early in John’s gospel those interested in Jesus and his message are invited to ‘Come and See’. Some of these become followers and in turn encourage others to ‘Come and see’. We too are invited in our time to ‘Come and see’. We do this by sitting with scripture, pondering the stories Jesus told, reflecting upon the encounters with people Jesus met along the way. We are also invited to look at our times and let the gospel message invite us into a journey of transform where the promise
of the gospel – fullness of life, is a possibility for all. Jesus questioned unjust social and religious structures, laws…. That mission has also been passed on to us.
So in our time together we will ponder some encounters in the gospel and let them call us to deepen our personal response to Jesus’ call to come and see, and discern if there are ways I can question the status quo in both church and society in a way that leads to transformation. The Plenary Council has given us a structure through which we can ‘claim voice’.
Leone is an Ursuline sister who has been involved in secondary education as teacher and principal. She also has a background in spiritual and leadership formation. For the last 18 years she has been engaged in a women’s group which over time has come to be known as The Piazza ‘House Church’ after it was discovered that women were leading ‘house churches’ in the early years of our faith tradition.
November 16th – Patricia Powell & Sally Neaves
“Comprehensive Compassion in the Earth Community: The mission and worldview of Rahamim Ecology Centre”
Rahamim, a Hebrew word for mercy meaning ‘womb compassion’, was chosen as the name of the ecological learning community founded in 2007 by the Sisters of Mercy in Bathurst, NSW. This session will explore a little of the worldview that gave rise to this ministry and the extensive scope of its reach today in challenging times. Participants will also be invited to experience some of the practices which are central to their work in eco-spirituality.
Patricia Powell OAM is a Sister of Mercy who, after many years in education, leadership, and work with Indigenous communities, came to study the new cosmology (as revealed by Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme) and co-founded Rahamim Ecology Centre in 2007. In 2018 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for distinguished service to the Catholic Church.
Sally Neaves is the Eco-Education Coordinator at Rahamim Ecology Centre, an environmental education spirituality and advocacy ministry of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. Her work involves designing
Earth literacy programs and contemplative practices for reconnection with Earth and imaginative action for our times. Her background includes qualifications in ecological theology, philosophy, spirituality and permaculture.
Entry by donation. Morning tea is provided, no need to book.
For more information contact Carol Teodori: 02 4758 7549
Venue: Lawson (Blue Mountains)
Reflection mornings are held in Lawson (in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney); and are usually held from 9:30am to 12:30pm on the third Saturday of a month in which a presenter has been scheduled. The venue is 400m east of Lawson Railway Station, next to the car park of Our Lady of the Nativity Catholic Church. To gain access to the car park please exit the Great Western Highway onto Somers Road immediately before the church.
For railway travellers to Lawson:
Go east on the Great Western Highway. Turn right at Orient St., left into Mary St. Walk to the end. (10 min. walk)