IFE is sponsoring two events with Prof Gaillardetz in Brisbane. Details on both of these events are provided below:

From Vatican II to Pope Francis: Re-imagining the Church for our time 

IFE Conference

Tuesday 7th August 2018, 9:00am – 3:30pm

ACU Leadership Centre

What happens when you get a pope advanced in years but with his ear surprisingly close to the ground and attuned to the concerns of ordinary Catholics? What you get is Vatican II. The Second Vatican Council was an event of unparalleled significance in the history of modern Catholicism. Yet in spite of its impact, Vatican II was in many ways an unfinished council. The council bishops were able to establish key pillars in the construction of a new vision for the church of our time, but, for various reasons, they were not able to draw those pillars together into a coherent, unified structure. This conference provides the opportunity to explore both the council’s building project itself and the challenges facing the church today if we are to complete the project begun more than fifty years ago.

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Conference programme

From 8:30am Registration. Complimentary tea and coffee
9:00 – 9:30am Welcome & Conference Opening
9:30 – 11:00am Vatican II: The Council that Almost Failed
11:00 – 11:30am Morning tea
11:30 – 1:00pm Vatican II’s Vision for the Church
1:00 – 1:45pm Lunch
1:45 – 3:15pm Pope Francis’ Bold Reception and Implementation of the Council
3:15 – 3:30pm Conference close

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Wrestling with Tradition: Critical belonging in a church facing challenges

Public lecture, in collaboration with Evangelisation Brisbane and ACU

Wednesday 8th August 2018, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

ACU Leadership Centre

This talk will explore what it means to belong to a church as an adult believer.  This belonging cannot any longer be based on a child-model of unquestioning obedience, but neither can it be based on a consumerist model of merely picking and choosing from a tradition whatever is appealing and comfortable while dismissing everything else.  An adult model of “critical belonging” needs to make a space for search, doubt, questioning and critical engagement.  We need to help people learn how to “wrestle with their tradition.”