WISE Talks

Sunday 23 August 

 

Peacemaking as Discipleship: Creativity and Curiosity Embodied – The Brilliance

What does discipleship look like in the 21st century? This session will explore practices of peacemaking, and possibly discovering the Divine in the stranger and enemy.

 

Creating a culture of faith – Fr Richard Leonard sj

In the context of increasing secularity, rising unbelief and hostility to religious faith, our Catholic schools witness to a faith in a God of mercy & compassion, marked by inclusion, generosity and love. What demands does that mission make on us, and why does it matter?

 

Catholic Education in Australia: Strengths and challenges into the future! – Prof Didier Pollefeyt

In this presentation, Professor Pollefeyt will reflect on the challenges that the research data, collected during more than ten years of ECSI-research, present for the future of Catholic Education in Australia, and worldwide. What are the strengths and the challenges of the current situation and how do we understand the underlying strategies and developments? The presentation will culminate in ten concrete recommendations to strengthen the identity of Catholic schools for the future.

 

Called to Participate: How We Encounter and Embody the True Christian Spirit – Diana Macalintal

It takes more than just showing up to Mass to genuinely encounter and embody the true Christian spirit. To put it bluntly, we need to ask ourselves: What good is it if the bread and wine change, but we don’t? Together we will explore three levels of liturgical participation that will help us and those we form in faith to enter more deeply into the life-changing encounter with Christ who invites us at every liturgy to be formed by the Spirit to give glory to the Father by our lives.

Neuroscience and well-being: How spirituality affects our health and DNA – Anne Kertz Kernion

Our spiritual habits affect our physical and emotional health in a variety of ways. We explore findings in neuroscience and positive psychology, showing how particular spiritual practices slow aging in our cells, keep our brains healthy and nimble, reduce stress, and bring more health, happiness and compassion into our lives. Come enjoy this multimedia presentation sure to inspire your journey!

Monday 24 August 

Stepping Into The Dark: The Mystical Spiritual Path – The Brilliance

This session will explore the three fold path of converting yourself to your true self.

 

Creating a culture of hope – Fr Richard Leonard sj

In the context of meaningless and youth suicide our Catholic schools are communities of hope. What is the difference between optimism and Christian hope? How can we express in contemporary terms, a hope in this world and, unashamedly and unapologetically, hope in the next world as well?

 

Catholic Education in Australia: Strengths and challenges into the future! – Prof Didier Pollefeyt

In this presentation, Professor Pollefeyt will reflect on the challenges that the research data, collected during more than ten years of ECSI-research, present for the future of Catholic Education in Australia, and worldwide. What are the strengths and the challenges of the current situation and how do we understand the underlying strategies and developments? The presentation will culminate in ten concrete recommendations to strengthen the identity of Catholic schools for the future.

 

Called to Participate: How We Encounter and Embody the True Christian Spirit – Diana Macalintal

It takes more than just showing up to Mass to genuinely encounter and embody the true Christian spirit. To put it bluntly, we need to ask ourselves: What good is it if the bread and wine change, but we don’t? Together we will explore three levels of liturgical participation that will help us and those we form in faith to enter more deeply into the life-changing encounter with Christ who invites us at every liturgy to be formed by the Spirit to give glory to the Father by our lives.

 

Neuroscience and well-being: How spirituality affects our health and DNA – Anne Kertz Kernion

Our spiritual habits affect our physical and emotional health in a variety of ways. We explore findings in neuroscience and positive psychology, showing how particular spiritual practices slow aging in our cells, keep our brains healthy and nimble, reduce stress, and bring more health, happiness and compassion into our lives. Come enjoy this multimedia presentation sure to inspire your journey!

 

 

Tuesday 25 August 2020

 

Identity through Encounter: Opportunities and Risks in Catholic Tradition – Fr Kevin Lenehan

Recent statements on the mission of Catholic Education from the Vatican and national Catholic bodies have emphasised the relational and dialogical character of identity formation, as humans and as Christians. Yet not every encounter with others leads to human flourishing and there are conditions that make dialogue very challenging. In social contexts marked by pluralisation and secularisation, both within and beyond the Catholic community, it is necessary for faith formation and religious education to promote strategies for healthy and discerning encounters with other people and their worldviews, and to reflect on these encounters in the light of the Gospel vision for humanity and all creation. What can we learn from the richness and diversity of Catholic tradition to help educators navigate the risks of and enhance the opportunities for Gospel-based and authentically-human encounters, and for the Christian identity formation these encounters offer.

 

Creating a culture of love – Fr Richard Leonard sj

In the context of Married at First Sight, Island of Last Resort and The Bachelor, our Catholic schools witness to a love that is faithful and endures. How do we live out a sacrificial love that forgives and can respectfully disagree.

 

Called to Participate: How We Encounter and Embody the True Christian Spirit – Diana Macalintal

It takes more than just showing up to Mass to genuinely encounter and embody the true Christian spirit. To put it bluntly, we need to ask ourselves: What good is it if the bread and wine change, but we don’t? Together we will explore three levels of liturgical participation that will help us and those we form in faith to enter more deeply into the life-changing encounter with Christ who invites us at every liturgy to be formed by the Spirit to give glory to the Father by our lives.

 

Neuroscience and well-being: How spirituality affects our health and DNA – Anne Kertz Kernion

Our spiritual habits affect our physical and emotional health in a variety of ways. We explore findings in neuroscience and positive psychology, showing how particular spiritual practices slow aging in our cells, keep our brains healthy and nimble, reduce stress, and bring more health, happiness and compassion into our lives. Come enjoy this multimedia presentation sure to inspire your journey!

 

Disorderly Women and the Order of God – Dr Michele Connolly rsj

In the Gospel of Mark, women are at the edge of the plot, rarely speak and can be seen to obstruct orderly male projects, including Jesus' task of proclaiming the reign of God. How can we read this Gospel to see women as valued in God’s view of the world?

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