|The conference theme was taken from closing words in the Eucharist|
On the frontier of Church and world. This sums up the ministry of our Licensed Lay Ministers (a.k.a Readers).
From 19 to 22 May in Cologne, Readers and those in training for this ministry from across the diocese gathered for a conference to consider the challenge of frontier ministry. Licensed Lay Ministers are in the position of having a listening ear in two camps: the Church and the world that the Church is called to serve. "Double listening" is how this was summed this up in one of our sessions. Listening to the Word and listening to the world: this is the ministry of the Reader and it is a key role in our diocese.
The conference was bracketed by two liturgical moments: We began as scattered individuals around the edges of St Edith Stein chapel at Kardinal Schulte House, symbolising our dispersal across the islands and continent we serve. We came together to form community around the Word and Sacrament. At the conclusion of the event we carried lit candles and scattered out to the edges of the chapel again, to mark our journey as disciples back to the world where we live and serve.
|The Conference Design Team|
During the meeting we sat at the feet of 4 resource persons who formed us into a learning and listening community.
|Fr Nicholas King SJ|
Fr Nicholas King SJ, led bible studies on Church and Politics in the Old Testament and New Testament. Fr Nicholas currently teaches at Heythrop College in the University of London, and has recently completed his own translation of the Greek Scriptures, Septuagint and New Testament.
|Dr Kathy Galloway (l) is introduced by Victoria Wadsworth-Hansen|
|Prof. David Wilkinson|
|The 4 resource persons for the conference|