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Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:44

Mission conference to embrace a green “revolution of tenderness”

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MOHMV2015 logo150With Pope Francis soon to issue an encyclical on the environment, Australia’s premier conference on mission will adopt a very green hue when it begins in Sydney in May.

The ‘Mission: one heart many voices’ conference, to be held at the SMC Conference Centre in Sydney’s CBD, is set to be a stirring exchange of ideas, boasting some of the world’s forefront minds on mission, theology and ecology.

A raft of experts will lead the conference, including the world-renowned missiologist Father Stephen Bevans; Catholic Earthcare Australia National Director Jacqui Remond; science and theology expert Fr Denis Edwards; Indigenous leader Professor Patrick Dodson; and highly-respected theologian and archaeologist Fr Eugene Stockton.

The conference, presented by Catholic Mission and Catholic Religious Australia, will take place amidst an air of anticipation surrounding Pope Francis’ eagerly awaited encyclical on the environment, expected to be released in coming months.

Catholic Mission Deputy National Director Peter Gates says the conference will combine both reflection and foresight. “As did its inaugural version in 2013, ‘Mission: one heart many voices’ will draw heavily on the words of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium,” he says.

“In particular we are called to ‘run the risk of a face-to-face encounter with others’. The conference embraces this calling ahead of the coming encyclical, with multi-sector dialogue that aims to contribute to the ‘revolution of tenderness’, to which Pope Francis claims we are all summoned. This revolution of tenderness is never more critical than in our interaction with each other and our environment.”

Mr Gates says that, with a slate of thoroughly engaging keynote addresses and workshops, the conference is a must for leaders of mission across the many ministries of the Church, including the parish, health and aged care, education and social services sectors. “This is the premier conference on living the Joy of the Gospel and leading mission in the context of today,” says Mr Gates.

“This year promises to be an even more dynamic and engaging event, especially in tackling one of the most important issues of our time: the environment. What better time to bring together so many brilliant voices than in anticipation of an historic encyclical on that very issue?”

The ‘Mission: one heart many voices’ conference will run in Sydney from 18-20 May 2015. Registrations are still open for this groundbreaking event. For more information, or to register, visit www.mohmv.com.au or call 1800 257 296.

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