A key theme that emerged from the recent consultation process for the Plenary Council was the need for the Church in Australia to be open to conversion, renewal and reform. Among the issues highlighted in the process were the need to promote a culture of reform through renewed governance structure and procedures, a desire to strengthen faith communities for the mission of the Gospel through faith formation, participation in parish life and the support of young people, and a willingness to embed the Gospel mission in the soil of the people and conditions of Australia. This talk will address the important role that conversion, renewal and reform play in a mission-focused Australian Catholic Church that strives towards cultural change and responds to Pope Francis’ call for unity, collaboration and synodality. CEWA Ongoing Renewal: this course has been approved for Faith Formation
Dr Chris Cotter is a Catholic educator with experience as a teacher, leader and administrator in schools and system offices, including Assistant Director of Schools in the Diocese of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales. Prior to joining CEWA he was employed as a Mission Consultant for the Oceania Province of the Redemptorist Congregation. Chris has tertiary qualifications in Teaching, Theology and Religious Education, most recently completing the degree of Doctor of Theology through the University of Divinity, Melbourne. His research thesis explored a theological approach to the transformation of the human experience of conflict as a pathway for new insights into the evangelising mission of Australian Catholic schools.