Rev James Wood and Fr Constantine Osuchukwu are inviting interested lay people and clerics to a ZOOM conversation that seeks to reflect ‘faith in action’ during a COVID / post-COVID church. It  is an opportunity for people to engage in dialogue regarding the relevance of our faith community for the modern world, and our need and desire to serve those beyond the comfort of our sacred buildings.

Much like the biblical story of the Road to Emmaus, how can we as faithful people of God remain outward looking and Eucharistic in our theology and practice? How can you and I be companions ‘on the way’ for those around us?

The ‘conversation’ will take place over three days beginning 03rd September 2020, then 17th September and a final day to be decided later in the year. On each day, three sessions will be offered: Session One 2.00-3.30pm & Session Two 4.00-5.30pm – will be linked and participants will be encouraged to join both sessions.

Session Three 7.30-8.45pm – will follow same theme – and is offered for those who work or have other commitments during the day.

Registrations will be required so that we can send appropriate literature and program schedule.

Please contact Rev James Wood: to register. Any further enquiries please call Rev James 0438 233 630 or Fr Constantine 0435 750 155

Encounter Days – 2020 – Conducted via ZOOM

Three days:
Day 1 – 03 September 2020
Day 2 – 17 September 2020
Day 3 – to be decided

Day One: Thurs: 03 September 20
AIM – ‘Opening the Topic’ for conversation:
Explore the issues facing the church post-COVID & future itself.
Set the scene for a wider conversation.
Gauge interest in the ‘topic’ and highlight direction of further conversation.

Day Two: Thurs: 17 September 20
AIM – ‘Pursuing the Issues’:Understanding the urgency of this conversation and need for action.
Discuss ‘models for ministry’ that will help Australian / Diocesan context.
Where is the need? Urban / rural / specific parishes / specific ministries?
Robust ‘rumbling with vulnerability’ – bold discussion etc.

Day Three: Thurs: to be decided
AIM – ‘Moving toward ACTION’:
PRAXIS! PRAXIS! PRAXIS! – the post-COVID necessity.
Developing a ‘Toolbox’ for ministry practitioners.
Further training / seminars etc / resourcing needed to ‘reimagine’ with confidence.
Movement of ‘EMPOWERMENT’ – including cleric & laity.
Plan of Action for 2021.


Three Sessions will be provided each day.

Session One: 2.00-3.30pm (will go no longer)
Session Two: 4.00-5.30pm (will go no longer)
These two sessions will be linked and people are encouraged to join for both to ‘follow the conversation.’

Session Three: 7.30-8.45pm
Session Three is designed for those who cannot attend during the day due to work or other commitments.

Session One

14.00-14.10 Intro and Opening

14.10-14.30 Breakout rooms (discuss document)

14.30-14.45 Feedback

14.45-15.05 Breakout rooms (discuss Q’s or issues that arise)

15.05-15.15 Feedback

15.15-15.25 Breakout room – summary and ‘points for action’

15.25-15.30 Wrap up

Session Two

16.00-17.30 Session II (structure as above)

Session Three

19.30-19.45 Introduction & Opening

19.45-20.05 Breakout rooms (discussion)

20.05-20.20 Feedback

20.20-20.35 Breakout rooms (discuss & Q’s etc)

20.35-20.45 Wrap up

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