This workshop aims to provide confidence, content, and skills to help those involved in parish and other ministries to speak about ‘those’ areas of Catholic faith that we can sometimes avoid or find difficult to address. It will demonstrate that with careful planning, appropriate delivery, and an underlying approach of good pastoral care it is possible to dialogue with others about our Catholic faith in an interesting, inviting and exciting way that attracts rather than repels. The workshop will focus in on the Church’s teaching on conscience which has been raised by Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia and draw also from Pope Francis’ writings as well as the book and movie The Book Thief. It will share how cultivating an understanding of conscience can provide a context within which other ethical issues can be dealt with in a clear and honest way that is nonetheless sensitive to the diverse, and sometimes quite different, positions of those who we serve and encounter in parish life and outreach.
Dr Daniel (Dan) Fleming is Dean of Studies and Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at The Broken Bay Institute. He is the author of over 20 publications in the areas of theological ethics, moral philosophy, moral education and religious education. Dan has an innovative approach to teaching in these fields and will be sharing some tips for teaching about ethics in this session.