As we approach the end of the submission period for ideas and proposals to Bishops' Conference, we have a further 3 webinars to assist us as we think about how to best engage young people in the Synod journey.
Wednesday May 5th @ 2-3pm
"Navigating the Dialogue Journey" with Paul Jarzembowski
Incorporating the experiences of the United States’ National Dialogue on Catholic Pastoral Ministry with Youth and Young Adults (2017-2021), this session will share some of the key lessons of engaging in synodal dialogue and the process of building towards unity across cultural, ecclesial, political, geographical, and generational boundaries in the Church. These insights are helpful for church leaders, especially in engaging with young people in the twenty-first century who naturally possess a global, intercultural, expansive, and keenly synodal understanding of our world and our faith communities.
Wednesday May 12th @ 10-11am
The Australian Experience with Malcom Hart, Australian Bishop's Conference
The Catholic Church in Australia is currently preparing for a Plenary Council (A Synod-like event, read more here) and have completed their "Listening and Dialogue" stage. Malcolm will offer an insight to the experience of the Australian Church in reaching young people during this process.
Wednesday May 19th @ 2-3pm
Workshop Session on Synod Submissions to IEC
As the deadline (23rd May) for submissions to the Bishops' Conference on what methods/models to adopt in these coming two years of conversations approaches, we will come together to distill what we heard in our previous webinars on the experience of listening to the young church in similar situations across the world.
Taking some time as a community of youth ministers to look at our situation using a 'wide angle lens', thinking about the vast array of settings that the Church encounters, accompanies and ministers to young people. Also, that consideration must be given to engaging young people who are not involved in, or see themselves as part of the Church, in this process.
This time of sharing and collaboration will allow our submissions to reflect the broad spectrum of youth ministry activities and engagement that we undertake in our parishes, dioceses and organisations. To realise that each of these areas of our ministry may need to employ distinctly different approaches and resources, to effectively listen to, and hear the voice of the young church, and those young people in our communities who currently do not engage with us as Church.
In coming together and collaborating, we hope that our submissions to Bishop's Conference will reflect the need for a broad set of resources specifically designed for young people taking into consideration where we encounter them and where they are on their journey of faith and relationship with Jesus.
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