An ecumenical conversation on the task of rebuilding and renewal after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
At a time when Australia’s churches are still in an early phase of absorbing and responding to the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, this two-and-a-half-day symposium aims to begin an inclusive, ecumenical and interdisciplinary conversation about the task of cultural change and renewal that lies ahead.
There are significant questions that need to be taken up in light of the Royal Commission’s final report:
This conference aims to bring together a broad cross section of voices: church leaders, academics, people in religious and pastoral ministry, representatives of Church agencies, together with those who rarely get a voice, including survivors of abuse and their supporters, members of the laity, women, and church reform groups.
SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:
former child abuse royal commissioner Robert Fitzgerald
Anglican Bishop Alison Taylor
a leading member of the Franciscan Friars, Brother John Wong
clinical psychologist and former Greens Senator Christabel Chamarette
Newcastle University academic Dr Kathleen McPhillips
Dr Peter Wilkinson and
his co-author of a study on Catholic child sexual abuse, Professor Des Cahill.