Mark your calendar for the 2018 SCA Conference being held in Newcastle, in the beautiful Hunter Valley of NSW. With the theme “Towards New Horizons,” the Hunter branch of SCA are planning a conference that will speak to your spirit and to the practicalities of providing spiritual care in the 21st century.
When: Sunday 6 - Wednesday 9 May 2018
Where: Newcastle City Hall, NSW
In today’s society, people engage with religion and spirituality in traditional, new and diverse ways. Spiritual care is evolving too, exploring new horizons to meet contemporary needs.
Horizons from a distance are a constant,
they give us perspective,
they define and keep us safe,
they determine what is seen,
they alter as our reference point changes,
they invite exploration
and we wonder with anticipation what is beyond...
Keynote speakers already lined up include
• Eliane Miles, Director of Research and trend analyst at McCrindle social researchers, on the state of Australia’s spirituality as revealed in the latest Census and the Faith and Belief 2017 report;
• Cheryl Holmes, CEO of Spiritual Health Victoria and always a favourite with SCA, on the important moves being made toward national recognition of spiritual care as a profession;
• Kathleen McPhillips, an expert on gender, power and religion based at the University of Newcastle, on the implications for spiritual carers of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
• Also lined up are Graham Long, pastor of Sydney’s Wayside Chapel; Claire Dunn, author and educator on eco-spirituality and the human-nature connection; Prof Terry Lovat of University of Newcastle, a thought leader on religion in political/public life; Rob Sutherland, defence force chaplain speaking on moral injury; and Tim Mansfield with an interactive session on spiritual abuse.
More detail on all the speakers will be on the website soon!
Great workshops are being offered by your peers! If you attend every day, you’ll be able to choose five workshops. A taste of what’s on offer includes group PC work in a psychiatric ward, a contemplative approach to supervision, idealism and hard reality in NZ, spiritual care and well-being, using technology for PC in aged care and many more. As turn our gaze towards new horizons to meet the spiritual needs of people in the 21st Century, what is inviting us, what is challenging us? Plan to come to Newcastle in 2018 as we look to and move towards new horizons. Click here for more information.
Dates to remember:
Early Bird Registrations open 29 January – 16 March 2018. You will be able to register for the whole conference and choose your workshops.
30 April 2018 – Final day to register for the conference.
06 May 2018 – Opening event.
Things to know:
The Conference will be held in Newcastle’s beautiful and historic City Hall, with many accommodation options an easy walk from the Conference venue. Accommodation deals will be advised in coming months.
Newcastle is well served by air and train, and is an easy drive or train ride from Sydney. Newcastle has daily direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast are good transit points when travelling from other centres.
Please spread the word! Many people register because they hear about the Conference from someone they trust! Make that person you!