W O R K S H O P S

Monday 24 August 

Workshop 1

Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Of Pearls and Prodigals – Prof Amy-Jill Levine

Understanding Jesus’ parables requires understanding Jesus’ Jewish context. How would those short stories by Jesus have been heard by their original Jewish listeners, how have Christians over the centuries misread the parables by misunderstanding Jewish tradition, and how might the parables speak to Jews, Christians, and everyone else today?

 

Journeying through the hard times: Dark nights of the soul – Fr Ron Rolheiser omi

Karl Rahner once said “in the torment of the insufficiency of everything attainable, we learn that here, in this life, there is no finished symphony.”How do we live with and journey through the frustrations, shortcomings, wounds, inadequacies of life? Where are God and faith in all this? What wisdom can be drawn from is scripture and in the deep wells of Christian history to help us here? Some Commandments for the Long Haul.

 

Wine and Dine with Jesus: The greatest invitation of your life – Sr Kathleen Bryant rsc

Jesus is the ultimate host and invites us to the table. Jesus modelled for us hospitality of the heart. We cannot sit at the table to relax and enjoy each other without recognizing how we are all part of the entire human family. How do we wait on each other? We are called by Jesus to widen the space of our hearts. Hospitality of the heart expands our horizons beyond our present biases and prejudices. How do we gather others, expanding ourselves into the heart of Christ where each person is welcome? 

 

The Wounded Artist – The Brilliance

Your congregational identity is shaped by the traditions and practices in your worship gatherings. These gatherings can be especially meaningful when you combine the best of traditions handed down to you and the unique creativity of your gathered community.

 

Join musicians and songwriters David Gungor and John Arndt as they help you explore different approaches to using creativity and imagination. These approaches will help you curate and create meaningful art and

will help you become more creative through:

 

Understanding the creative process.

Learning how to curate creativity in your congregation.

You'll also learn how to get inspiration and how to take risks.

 

This workshop is for anyone involved with the planning and presentation of worship gatherings, including musicians, speakers and artists. This workshop is not focused on one style of music or worship, but rather encourages people to think more creatively about their practice.

 

The Way of Encounter: Aiming at Depth and Creativity in Religious Learning – Fr Kevin Lenehan

How can religious educators respond to the challenges of the technological, cultural and religious shifts underway in our globalising world? This workshop explores features of religious learning in the era of the Fourth Revolution, and suggests some opportunities for enhancing the quality of students' engagement in their learning arising from today's context. In particular we will reflect on pedagogies of dialogue in the plurality of worldviews, learning and relating in a digital culture, and personalising learning in an increasingly impersonal world.

 

Encountering the hope of Catholic Education in Iraq – Hanar Keka

From Middle East, Our Lord Jesus prayed Our Father in Aramaic, a dream of better education and better life to build and maintain a society which is affected by the of tragedy international policies. A mission of preserving the Christianity in Iraq not to strive, but to thrive.

 

Encountering Christ in Formation: Created By Love – ValLimar Jansen

Each day, if we allow ourselves, we are created, renewed and formed by God’s love. Using her unique style of storytelling, music and inspirational message, ValLimar will lead participants through a journey in which they meet people of Holy Scripture and tradition who help us understand what it means to encounter Christ. What can we learn from them? What can they reveal to us about our daily encounter with Jesus?

 

"This Day" Music and Daily Prayer: Music for special occasions and liturgies in the life of a school – Andrew Chinn

This workshop provides classroom teachers with a range of strategies and songs to enhance students' understanding of prayer and the many different ways of praying through song. Activities include simple artwork, prayer and songwriting with children of all ages, liturgical movement, story telling, welcome and farewell rites, whole school celebrations, multimedia presentations, both creating and using.

 

 

Workshop 2

 

Incredible forgiveness: A renewed Christian understanding of good and evil for our time – Prof Didier Pollefeyt

When good people do evil, we grapple to find a lens that makes sense to us and in our faith to understand and respond. How can we engage our concepts of God, the human person and the (post)modern world, as well as our understanding of ecology, politics, education, sacred texts, Christology, interreligious dialogue, forgiveness and reconciliation and eschatology to provide the basis for a renewed Christian understanding of good and evil for our time.

 

Encountering the way through neuroscience and spirituality: Self-compassion: Caring for ourselves to care for others – Anne Kertz Kernion

Jesus’ command “Love your neighbour as yourself” implies that we love ourselves. But do we? Or are we harshly critical of our mistakes and imperfections? Our workshop will draw upon recent findings in neuroscience and psychology, illuminating self-care and spiritual practices that nurture gentleness, kindness and patience towards ourselves. Far from being self-centered or selfish, these practices also generate deeper understanding of others, enhancing our relationships.

 

Encounter the Way Through Sacrament: Imagine that! – Anne Frawley-Mangan

Through the sacraments, Catholics are given an awesome opportunity to encounter our God. In Anne's workshop we will explore how our sacramental imagination animates and allows us to enter fully into sacramental living. Be prepared to move, play and enjoy!

 

On Mission with Christ – Fr Richard Leonard sj

Christianity is not a private feel-good collective. We are sent out to live and proclaim our spirituality. What does the world look like to which we are sent? What questions is the world posing to us, and what questions do we have as we go out?

 

Let the Children Come - Principles for Music & Liturgy in Primary School Masses – Michael Mangan

Come and explore the crucial role of appropriate music in vibrant, engaging and inclusive liturgies with children. Michael will unpack the "Directory for Masses with Children" and unlock the amazing suggestions and encouragement it gives all of us who prepare liturgies for children so that they may "readily and joyfully ... encounter Christ together in the Eucharistic celebration." (DMC#55)

 

 

Workshop 3

 

The Wounded Artist – The Brilliance

Your congregational identity is shaped by the traditions and practices in your worship gatherings. These gatherings can be especially meaningful when you combine the best of traditions handed down to you and the unique creativity of your gathered community.

 

Join musicians and songwriters David Gungor and John Arndt as they help you explore different approaches to using creativity and imagination. These approaches will help you curate and create meaningful art and

will help you become more creative through:

 

Understanding the creative process.

Learning how to curate creativity in your congregation.

You'll also learn how to get inspiration and how to take risks.

 

This workshop is for anyone involved with the planning and presentation of worship gatherings, including musicians, speakers and artists. This workshop is not focused on one style of music or worship, but rather encourages people to think more creatively about their practice.

 

Be who you are: The power of vulnerable leadership – David Wells

It is not surprising that in an era of unrelenting accountability and intolerance of failure the search for leaders has become problematic. Most leaders will tell you that they thought they knew what their role would be until they day they met with the reality. In this session we explore leadership in a faith context. Could leadership be more exciting, rewarding and daring than we first imagined? Drawing upon scripture, tradition, the mystics and contemporary spiritual writers to help us discern the unique contribution leaders are called to make we consider how the Gospels can inspire and help sustain and strengthen us in the face of the unexpected.

 

Singing the Liturgy: What We Sing and Why We Sing It – Diana Macalintal

This workshop will explore the role of music in the Eucharist. It will challenge the participants to revisit the old four-hymn syndrome. It will explore the catechesis necessary for this change of paradigm: the centrality of music in the Mass; what to sing and what not to sing; and why we sing what we sing in the liturgy.

 

Encountering Christ in Transformation: Transformed and Filled By Love – ValLimar Jansen

After being created and formed by love, for God’s purpose, we are transformed and filled by God’s love. Using her unique style of storytelling, music and inspirational message, ValLimar will lead participants through a journey in which they meet people of Holy Scripture and tradition who help us understand what it means to encounter Christ. What can we learn from them? What can they reveal to us about our daily encounter with Jesus?

 

Sing! Learn! Celebrate! Encountering the way through song – John Burland

Using song, composer and teacher John Burland will show how music can enrich learning, enhance celebration and support the understanding of our faith. Join John as he shares music that enlivens the learning of Scripture, doctrine and sacraments.

 

Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Of Pearls and Prodigals – Prof Amy-Jill Levine

Understanding Jesus’ parables requires understanding Jesus’ Jewish context. How would those short stories by Jesus have been heard by their original Jewish listeners, how have Christians over the centuries misread the parables by misunderstanding Jewish tradition, and how might the parables speak to Jews, Christians, and everyone else today?

 

Encountering the hope of Catholic Education in Iraq – Hanar Keka

From Middle East, Our Lord Jesus prayed Our Father in Aramaic, a dream of better education and better life to build and maintain a society which is affected by the of tragedy international policies. A mission of preserving the Christianity in Iraq not to strive, but to thrive.

 

The Way of Encounter: Aiming at Depth and Creativity in Religious Learning – Fr Kevin Lenehan

How can religious educators respond to the challenges of the technological, cultural and religious shifts underway in our globalising world? This workshop explores features of religious learning in the era of the Fourth Revolution, and suggests some opportunities for enhancing the quality of students' engagement in their learning arising from today's context. In particular we will reflect on pedagogies of dialogue in the plurality of worldviews, learning and relating in a digital culture, and personalising learning in an increasingly impersonal world.

 

 

 

Tuesday 25 August 2020

 

Workshop 4

 

Women Encountering Jesus in the Gospel of Mark – Dr Michele Connolly rsj

Each encounter between a woman and Jesus in the Gospel of Mark is a distinct, unique event. Some women are healed but others are challenged or they challenge Jesus or his friends. Learn to read these stories as invitations to a grounded, mature relationship with Jesus.

 

Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Of Pearls and Prodigals – Prof Amy-Jill Levine

Understanding Jesus’ parables requires understanding Jesus’ Jewish context. How would those short stories by Jesus have been heard by their original Jewish listeners, how have Christians over the centuries misread the parables by misunderstanding Jewish tradition, and how might the parables speak to Jews, Christians, and everyone else today?

 

Journeying through the hard times: Dark nights of the soul – Fr Ron Rolheiser omi

Karl Rahner once said “in the torment of the insufficiency of everything attainable, we learn that here, in this life, there is no finished symphony.”How do we live with and journey through the frustrations, shortcomings, wounds, inadequacies of life? Where are God and faith in all this? What wisdom can be drawn from is scripture and in the deep wells of Christian history to help us here? Some Commandments for the Long Haul.

 

Be who you are: The power of vulnerable leadership – David Wells

It is not surprising that in an era of unrelenting accountability and intolerance of failure the search for leaders has become problematic. Most leaders will tell you that they thought they knew what their role would be until they day they met with the reality. In this session we explore leadership in a faith context. Could leadership be more exciting, rewarding and daring than we first imagined? Drawing upon scripture, tradition, the mystics and contemporary spiritual writers to help us discern the unique contribution leaders are called to make we consider how the Gospels can inspire and help sustain and strengthen us in the face of the unexpected.

 

Contemporary Religious Music that supports the RE Curriculum and the Religious Life of the School – Music Fire

This energetic and talented group of musicians and vocalists will introduce a wide range of songs which will not only support the teaching of concepts found in the RE Curriculum, but also provide a selection of music to be used in Prayer and Liturgy that can have the power to transform, strengthen and enhance the spirituality of individuals and communities.

 

Encountering the hope of Catholic Education in Iraq – Hanar Keka

From Middle East, Our Lord Jesus prayed Our Father in Aramaic, a dream of better education and better life to build and maintain a society which is affected by the of tragedy international policies. A mission of preserving the Christianity in Iraq not to strive, but to thrive.

 

Encountering Christ in the Great Commission – ValLimar Jansen

We are created and formed by love, for God’s purpose. We are transformed and filled by God’s love and then sent forth by love, to be God’s love to all of Earth. Using her unique style of storytelling, music and inspirational message, ValLimar will lead participants through a journey in which they meet people of Holy Scripture and tradition who help us understand what it means to encounter Christ. What can we learn from them? What can they reveal to us about our daily encounter with Jesus?

 

 

Workshop 5

 

Incredible forgiveness: A renewed Christian understanding of good and evil for our time – Prof Didier Pollefeyt

When good people do evil, we grapple to find a lens that makes sense to us and in our faith to understand and respond. How can we engage our concepts of God, the human person and the (post)modern world, as well as our understanding of ecology, politics, education, sacred texts, Christology, interreligious dialogue, forgiveness and reconciliation and eschatology to provide the basis for a renewed Christian understanding of good and evil for our time.

 

The world in our face: How do people of faith download the best and leave the rest? – Fr Richard Leonard sj

 Many people now spend more time looking at small screens than they spend looking at trees and books combined. Many of us have friends we have never even met; our big stories are often on discs. This workshop is a chance for us to how the pluses and minus of the role the internet now plays in our lives. 

 

Wine and Dine with Jesus: The greatest invitation of your life – Sr Kathleen Bryant rsc

Jesus is the ultimate host and invites us to the table. Jesus modelled for us hospitality of the heart. We cannot sit at the table to relax and enjoy each other without recognizing how we are all part of the entire human family. How do we wait on each other? We are called by Jesus to widen the space of our hearts. Hospitality of the heart expands our horizons beyond our present biases and prejudices. How do we gather others, expanding ourselves into the heart of Christ where each person is welcome? 

 

Singing the Liturgy: What We Sing and Why We Sing It – Diana Macalintal

This workshop will explore the role of music in the Eucharist. It will challenge the participants to revisit the old four-hymn syndrome. It will explore the catechesis necessary for this change of paradigm: the centrality of music in the Mass; what to sing and what not to sing; and why we sing what we sing in the liturgy.

 

Encountering the message of Jesus through song – John Burland

Join John as he shares practical strategies for energising RE lessons across a range of catechetical themes. Learn new and engaging songs that meet your RE needs! Come gather with John as we raise our voice to proclaim and evangelise the message of Jesus.

 

Encountering the way through neuroscience and spirituality: Technology, our brains, and spiritual practices – Anne Kertz Kernion

Our smartphones and computers are wonders, but they bring some not-so-wonderful consequences to our bodies, brains, and spiritual lives. We explore the ramifications of tech overuse and how several spiritual practices have been shown to help thwart those deleterious effects. We'll uncover helpful strategies to limit the pitfalls of online activity and nurture our journeys.

 

Speak My Word Today - Bringing Scripture to Life through Song – Andrew Chinn

This workshop provides classroom teachers with a range of strategies using music to enhance students' understanding of, and involvement in, scripture.

Activities include frozen tableaux, dance, movement, ideas for Holy Week, teaching Gospel values through song.

 

 

Workshop 6

 

Conflict of Powers in the Gospel of Mark: Their Role in Causing the Death of Jesus – Dr Michele Connolly rsj

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is depicted as confronting evil in both the spiritual and the material worlds. Discover how the conflict between Jesus and evil in various forms contributes to his condemnation to the death from which he is raised by God.

 

The Way of Encounter: Aiming at Depth and Creativity in Religious Learning – Fr Kevin Lenehan

How can religious educators respond to the challenges of the technological, cultural and religious shifts underway in our globalising world? This workshop explores features of religious learning in the era of the Fourth Revolution, and suggests some opportunities for enhancing the quality of students' engagement in their learning arising from today's context. In particular we will reflect on pedagogies of dialogue in the plurality of worldviews, learning and relating in a digital culture, and personalising learning in an increasingly impersonal world.

 

Be who you are: The power of vulnerable leadership – David Wells

It is not surprising that in an era of unrelenting accountability and intolerance of failure the search for leaders has become problematic. Most leaders will tell you that they thought they knew what their role would be until they day they met with the reality. In this session we explore leadership in a faith context. Could leadership be more exciting, rewarding and daring than we first imagined? Drawing upon scripture, tradition, the mystics and contemporary spiritual writers to help us discern the unique contribution leaders are called to make we consider how the Gospels can inspire and help sustain and strengthen us in the face of the unexpected.

 

Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Of Pearls and Prodigals – Prof Amy-Jill Levine

Understanding Jesus’ parables requires understanding Jesus’ Jewish context. How would those short stories by Jesus have been heard by their original Jewish listeners, how have Christians over the centuries misread the parables by misunderstanding Jewish tradition, and how might the parables speak to Jews, Christians, and everyone else today?

 

Journeying through the hard times: Dark nights of the soul – Fr Ron Rolheiser omi

Karl Rahner once said “in the torment of the insufficiency of everything attainable, we learn that here, in this life, there is no finished symphony.”How do we live with and journey through the frustrations, shortcomings, wounds, inadequacies of life? Where are God and faith in all this? What wisdom can be drawn from is scripture and in the deep wells of Christian history to help us here? Some Commandments for the Long Haul.

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