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Inspiring vision and looking to the future: The One Heart, Many Voices Conference

Over a weekend in May, 450 people came together at the One Heart, Many Voices conference to listen, converse and experience the many diverse voices that make up the one heart of mission.

​Each year, thousands of Catholics commit to missions that help families and communities in need all over the world. The One Heart, Many Voices conference is an opportunity for Catholics to come together and share their visions and hope for the future.

 

Jointly organised by Catholic Mission and Catholic Religious Australia, people from a wide variety of sectors including education, social services, healthcare, and parishes gathered in Sydney to consider new and emerging Church needs.

 

Guided by the teachings of Pope Francis, the workshops, masterclasses and keynote presentations focused on topics critical in determining how the Church will evolve in the next 5, 10 and 30 years.

 

There was also a strong focus on stepping out of the comfort zone and challenging the status quo. The topics covered the themes of inclusivity, crossing borders, reconciliation, mercy and leadership for mission among others. The conference heard from many different voices, each with a different perspective, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholics, Christian and Muslim relations, people working to end human trafficking, South African reconciliation, and Catholic social services.

 

Keynote presenter Catholic Social Services Australia CEO Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO, said, the conference was an opportunity to come together.

 

"To stand together in solidarity, to know that they have a lot of like-minded people who support them and want to see this as the mission of the Church and that they've got a capacity to come together and dream about what a better church might look like. I think that's very inspiring for all of us."

 

CCI is a proud supporter of the One Heart, Many Voices conference. Find out more about the conference here.

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