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Spiritual Gathering for those working in Indigenous Ministry
Mon., 03/04/2017, 1:00 pm – Thu., 06/04/2017, 2:00 pm AEST
NATSICC presents an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics (and those working in Ministry with our people) to come together on Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) to explore faith and culture in a Catholic context.
From the 3 - 6 April, participants will explore the ways in which Catholic faith and traditional culture can complement and grow our spiritual foundations. The retreat will take place in the most relaxing and tranquil of settings - the Moreton Bay Research Station in Dunwich.
Many of us work in remote locations, and can often feel isolated so the Gathering is an opportunity to build networks and learn from one another is a caring and encouraging environment.
Program (subject to change)
Day 1: Recollection
Starting at 1pm, delegates will learn about the Island and its Traditional Custodians. Renowned presenter Matt Burns will share the spiritual richness of Minjerribah and place people in the context of culture. A reflective scriptural session will give delegates the opportunity to reflect and leave 'baggage' behind and create a positive mindset for the gathering.
Day 2: Formation
Formation is the key to building the capacity of those working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ministry. Presenters and delegates will explore the following topics:
- Meeting the Holy Spirit in Faith and Culture
Day 3: Pilgrimage
Hosted by Evelyn Parkin, delegates will visit Lake Bummeria (Brown Lake), Point Lookout, and the Stradbroke Island Museum. An optional evening session will be also take place after dinner.
Day 4: Reflection
Concluding after lunch, the final day will give delegates the opportunity to reflect on their experiences during the week and work towards ways of implementing their new found knowledge and experience.