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Rev Graham Long, Pastor and CEO of Sydney’s Wayside Chapel, will visit Newcastle in May to speak at the Spiritual Care Australia (SCA) National Conference. Long’s topic seems set to challenge the cult of individualism that has long held sway, and there is no disputing his credibility in terms of ‘hands on’ experience with those most in need of support.

The conference theme is “Towards New Horizons” and this is a good indicator of the scope of the program. While there will be professional carers in abundance participating, the organising committee, chaired by Tony Hassett, President, SCA Hunter, is keen for members of the Hunter community who have an interest in the domain of spiritual care to feel welcome to come − to the whole conference or for just a day.

“Spiritual care may not be a term in common use but there are many, many people in this area who are caring spiritually for others, professionally or as a volunteer. Being with others of like mind, hearing thought-provoking addresses and participating in workshops will, I believe, be enriching and encouraging,” said Tony.

University of Newcastle Senior Lecturer, Dr Kathleen McPhillips, will speak on “Silence, Secrecy and Power: Understanding the Royal Commission findings into the failure of institutional cultures in Australia”. Sadly, this topic has great resonance for local churches and other institutions and all those affected by sexual abuse, directly or indirectly.

The topic chosen by University of Newcastle Emeritus Professor Terry Lovat is “The Challenges of our times: Reimagining spirituality in the public square”.

Spiritual Care Australia is the professional association for organisations and individual practitioners in spiritual care services.

Spiritual Care Australia seeks to unify, consolidate, support, promote & encourage the development of spiritual care within contemporary multi-faith, multi-cultural Australia.

Spiritual Care Australia is committed to the values of respect, integrity, compassion and excellence.

“Towards New Horizons” will be held on 6-9 May 2018 at City Hall, Newcastle. Please click here to enquire or register.


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Tracey Edstein is a member of the Raymond Terrace Parish and a freelance writer with a particular interest in church matters.

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