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Friday, 26 October 2018 17:11

CRA members gather to consider 'Stewardship in a Changing Environment'

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Stewardship seminar 2018 450The Catholic Religious Australia Stewardship Committee held its second national seminar recently, featuring a wealth of presenters around the theme 'Stewardship in a Changing Environment.

The seminar was held at the Treacy Centre, Parkville in Victoria. Two keynote sessions were offered in the morning. Melville Yates and Sallyann Stonier from ACNC addressed the Response to 5 Year Review; External Conduct Standards; Annual reporting; Charities and Advocacy; Red Tape Reduction Progress; Lessons from Compliance and DGR reform. Their presentation was much appreciated, and their PowerPoints were provided for distribution following the session. Congregations as Employers of Lay Staff was the title of the presentation by John Ryan, member of the Workplace Relations team, AMA Victoria. Participants really valued this session and again the presentation was distributed after the seminar. 

The afternoon was composed of five workshops, with presenters from the committee addressing Centrelink Issues and Banking 101; an external presenter dealing with Blockchain Technology; an IT presentation by a Christian Brothers staff member, Richard Owens, and a presentation about an induction app from Fraynework, the digital media ministry of ISMAPNG. The Committee aimed to offer something to both new and experienced bursars and business managers and evaluation responses and emailed comments revealed the aim was achieved. 

Stewardship seminar 2018 2 450Some of the comments received after the seminar included “Thanks for all the work you did re the Stewardship seminar. It was excellent and we both enjoyed it as well as coming away with some important information. I am glad our bursar has been able to make some more contacts....it can be an isolating job!” “An excellent day: well worth the travel from interstate to attend.” “The networking opportunities are so valuable: often I learn as much from other participants as I do from the speakers.” “Looking forward to the next one!” 

There were many opportunities to share with others: in the round table discussions after the keynote sessions, in the afternoon workshops and during breaks.

The Stewardship Committee is appreciative of the fact that seventy religious and their colleagues participated in the seminar and helped to create a valuable experience for all. 

The Committee has planned two national seminars in 2019: May 7 in Brisbane and October 15 in Sydney. We look forward to the support of leaders in those endeavours.

 

 

Sharon Price rsm
Project Officer