Each year CRA holds a National Assembly which all congregational leaders are invited to attend. The main focus of this annual conference is to gather religious leaders for sharing, support and networking. The event also provides an opportunity to inform leaders on current trends and concerns of relevance to them.
2016 National Assembly, Leura, 21 June (Tuesday) - 23 June (Thursday) 2016
The 2016 National Assembly was held in Leura NSW to reflect on the message of Laudato Si’ and the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the light of the Gospel.
The event featured Sister Elaine Wainwright rsm and Sister Anne Boyd csb as key speakers throughout the three days. Mercy Sister Elaine Wainwright is a biblical scholar committed to contextual interpretation. Brigidine Sister Anne Boyd is the editor of EarthSong Journal and a member of the coordinating team of EarthSong, a Melbourne-based educational project which offers programs in ecology and spirituality. Invitations to the Assembly were also extended to the representatives of Public Juridic Persons (PJPs) who have canonical and governance responsibility for many Education, Health, Aged Care and Community services formerly conducted by Religious Institutes. They were joined by the Apostolic Nuncio of Australia, Archbishop Adolfo Tito Yllana, lay partners and delegates of religious conferences of New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
For more materials and resources on the National Assembly, visit the 2016 National Assembly blog.
Previous National Assemblies
Each assembly is organised around a topical theme. Some of the themes that have been featured over the past few years include:
- Live with Gratitude, Hope and Passion: Celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life (2015)
- Living on the Fault Lines - Leading in a Climate of Change (2014)
- Leadership Beyond... (2013)
- Charism Beyond Borders (2012)
- 'See I am doing a new thing': the changing face of religious life and the challenges (2011)
- Commitment to ecology and the following of Jesus (2010)
- Australian Religious in a multi-faith society (2009)
- Our multicultural Australian Church (2008)
- Being neighbours in the Pacific (2007)
The assemblies include expert speakers and workshop presentations which aim to inform, challenge and inspire those attending. The annual gathering is an invaluable opportunity for leaders to focus on a particular topic in-depth and to propose projects and initiatives for the following two years.
Some of the outcomes of previous conferences have been the development of a program for newly arrived overseas Religious, which introduces them to the Australian church and culture. Other initiatives include a series of multi-faith talks throughout regional Australia, a canon law course for religious leaders, and establishing an ecology sub-committee to promote caring for creation and sustainable solutions among congregations and the wider community.