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.
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.
Each assembly is organised around a topical theme. Some of the themes that have been featured over the past few years include:
"Creating a future together – How will we be prophetic?", 2017 National Assembly, Melbourne, 20 (Tuesday)-22 (Thursday) June 2017
The gathering focused on this year's theme: "Creating a future together – How will we be prophetic?". The keynote speakers were Sister of Notre Dame Mary Sujita snd and Passionist Father Christopher Monaghan. Sr Sujita is a missionary and mass media educator and has spent most of her time serving the most marginalized people in North India, particularly rural poor women and girls. She has served two terms as Superior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Rome and now works as a speaker and facilitator in Chapers both nationally and internationally.
Fr Christopher is President of Yarra Theological Union (YTU) and since 1987 has been lecturing at YTU in both Old and New Testament. The major focus of his teaching throughout these years has been Matthew, Luke-Acts and the letters of Paul. During this period Chris has been engaged in adult education programs through schools, parishes and ministry to priests. Making the Bible in its richness accessible to people at all levels is his enduring passion.
Previous National Assemblies (Archive)
Click on the links for proceedings from previous National Assemblies:
- Creation: The Constant Outpouring of God's Love and Mercy (2016)
- 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)