Aug
27
to Aug 29

Health and integrity in church and in ministry by the University of Divinity

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An ecumenical conversation on the task of rebuilding and renewal after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

At a time when Australia’s churches are still in an early phase of absorbing and responding to the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, this two-and-a-half-day symposium aims to begin an inclusive, ecumenical and interdisciplinary conversation about the task of cultural change and renewal that lies ahead.

There are significant questions that need to be taken up in light of the Royal Commission’s final report:

  • What are the theological implications of the child sexual abuse crisis and indeed the theological learnings to be gained from the Royal Commission?
  • How do we support those who have been harmed, confront the damage that has been caused within the ecclesial community, and rebuild trust?
  • How do we build ecclesial communities and ministerial practice marked by health and integrity?
  • What are the neuralgic issues that need to be faced and addressed, and how can resistance to change be confronted positively and transformed for the good of the ecclesial community?
  • What questions require further research?
  • In responding to the Royal Commission, what can the various Christian faith traditions learn from each other?

This conference aims to bring together a broad cross section of voices: church leaders, academics, people in religious and pastoral ministry, representatives of Church agencies, together with those who rarely get a voice, including survivors of abuse and their supporters, members of the laity, women, and church reform groups.

SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:
former child abuse royal commissioner Robert Fitzgerald
Anglican Bishop Alison Taylor
a leading member of the Franciscan Friars, Brother John Wong
clinical psychologist and former Greens Senator Christabel Chamarette
Newcastle University academic Dr Kathleen McPhillips
Dr Peter Wilkinson and
his co-author of a study on Catholic child sexual abuse, Professor Des Cahill.

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Sep
11
7:30 PM19:30

PUBLIC FORUM Bishop Vincent Long

Bishop Vincent Long, Diocese of Parramatta will address the next public forum hosted by Concerned Catholic Canberra-Goulburn.

7:00pm for 7:30pm start
Tuesday 11 September 2018

The Chapel
Centre for Christianity and Culture
55 Blackall Street, BARTON ACT

All are welcome. Supper will be provided.
Admission is free but donations welcome.

PARKING
Limited parking is available at the venue
Additional parking is available in the Wilson carpark at the back of the Ottoman Restaurant

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Jun
19
to Jun 21

2020 SYNOD PREPARATION Listening and Dialogue Sessions

The Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese is hosting a number of listening sessions as part of consultation ahead of the 2020 Plenary Council.

19 June 2018
10:00am Gungahlin Club, Gungahlin
7:00pm Gungahlin Club, Gungahlin

21 June 2018
10:00am Eastlake Football Club, Kingston
7:00pm Eastlake Football Club, Kingston

For more detail visit the Archdiocesan website

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Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

BOOK LAUNCH Absolute Power How the Pope became the most influential man in the world

BOOK LAUNCH: IN CONVERSATION
Absolute Power: How the Pope became the most influential man in the world
By Paul Collins

"What is different about Pope Francis? How has the papacy become so influential in the modern world? Come and hear noted author and media commentator PAUL COLLINS speak about his new book with leading journalist PAUL BONGIORNO in the chair.  

Wednesday 6 June 2018
7:00pm-8:00pm

Parish Hall
Holy Trinity Church
3 Strangways Street, Curtin, ACT

All are welcome. Supper provided. 

Copies of the book will be available for sale.

Enquiries: Concerned Catholics Canberra-Goulburn: 0439 498 283

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Apr
8
3:00 PM15:00

PRAYER GATHERING St Matthew's Church in Page responds to Royal Commission and its own history

A Prayer Gathering will be held to remember and acknowledge the people who have come forward with their stories of sexual abuse in the then parish of St Matthew’s in Page

The gathering will be held on Sunday 8 April at 3pm at St Matthew’s Church in Page and will be open to all people who wish to attend.

The gathering will take the form of a prayer service, followed by the planting of a weeping cherry tree and the blessing of a plaque. The tree is deciduous and has been chosen specifically to reflect the great sadness of the abuse and the hope of healing. The tree will also bear white flowers in Spring to signify the innocence of the children and hope for the future.

The purpose of this prayer gathering is to create a space in the garden at St Matthew's Church Page where people who told their stories of sexual abuse can be assured they have been heard and acknowledged. It is also a space where families and friends of those children can feel remembered. The space will be an ongoing sign to the general parish community and others, that the betrayals and failures of the past will not be forgotten, nor repeated.

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Mar
22
7:30 PM19:30

PUBLIC FORUM Francis Sullivan

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Media Release

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its final report to government on 15 December 2017 after five years of investigation.

At our third public forum Francis Sullivan, CEO, Truth Justice and Healing Council, will provide an analysis of the Commission's final report.

Concerned Catholics Chair, Professor John Warhurst will also provide a report on Concerned Catholic's liaison with the Canberra Goulburn Archdiocese and the 2020 Synod.

7:00pm for 7:30pm
Thursday 22 March 1018
Centre for Christianity and Culture
15 Blackall Street, Barton, ACT

PARKING
Limited parking is available at the venue
Additional parking is available in the Wilson carpark at the back of the Ottoman Restaurant

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Nov
22
6:00 PM18:00

BOOK LAUNCH Trapped in a Closed World: Catholic Culture and Sexual Abuse

FLYER

Pearls and Irritations: The Dangers of a Feminine Touch: Kevin Peoples

Trapped in a Closed World is Kevin Peoples' first-hand account of the harmful clerical culture that dominated Catholic seminary life in Australia in the 1960s. This is more that just a memoir, It is an insightful and compelling examination of clerical culture and its link to sexual abuse in Catholic institutions.

6:00pm Wednesday 22 November

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, 15 Blackall Street, Barton ACT

Please Note: Due to current court proceedings, Trapped is not available for sale in Victoria.

PARKING
Limited parking is available at the venue
Additional parking is available in the Wilson carpark at the back of the Ottoman Restaurant

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Aug
31
7:30 PM19:30

PUBLIC FORUM Sr Ruth Durick & Fr Peter Day

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Media Release: CC Public Forum 31 August 2017 Canberra

The Chapel
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
55 Blackall Street BARTON ACT
(Parking: See details below)

SPEAKERS
Sr Ruth Durick OSU
President Catholic Religious Australia
Member representative Catholic Professional Standards

Fr Peter Day
Associate Priest, Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Braidwood
Founder 'Home' in Queanbeyan

Dr John Falzon
CEO St Vincent de Paul Society
National Council of Australia

PROGRAM
7:00pm                Refreshments
7:30pm                Introduction and Welcome: John Warhurst
7:40pm                Sr Ruth Durick
7:50pm                Fr Peter Day
8:00pm                Dr John Falzon
8:10pm                 Q&A
8:30pm                2020 Plenary Council
                             National and Local Update (chaired by Robyn Beetham)
                             Monica Phelan
                             John Warhurst
8:45pm                 Q&A
9:30pm                 Close

PARKING
Limited parking is available at the venue
Additional parking is available in the Wilson carpark at the back of the Ottoman Restaurant

DONATIONS
Admission is free but donations are welcome on the night
 

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Apr
27
7:30 PM19:30

PUBLIC FORUM Kristina Keneally, Marilyn Hatton, Francis Sullivan

Read Francis Sullivan's speech
Read Marilyn Hatton's speech
Media Release: Canberra Catholics call for reform at watershed meeting of laity
The Canberra Times: Canberra Catholics push for more power in church decision-making

Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture
55 Blackall Street BARTON ACT 2600

Presenters
Francis Sullivan CEO Truth Justice and Healing Council
Kristina Keneally former NSW Premier
Marilyn Hatton, Convenor Australian Catholic Coalition for Church Renewal

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