“Sacred Conversation.” - These words uttered early on Friday morning were what resonated with me and were with me during the two days we met. In nearly all my many conversations, during panel discussions and workshops I felt there was a sense of the sacred. The participants were open to sharing their wisdom. We were united in wise ongoing dialogue. This gathering was a wonderful opportunity for grace, reflection and discussion. There was rich input, shared faith and listening to other’s dreams.
I was blessed to attend Antoinette Collins' workshop on the Wisdom of Scripture and Beth Nolen’s Wisdom in Prayer. The keynote speaker, Lynette Riley, who is a lecturer in Aboriginal Studies at University of Sydney told us something of her early life. She is passionate about Aboriginal education.
The gathering was well organised and the venue was excellent. Andrea Dean and Beth Nolen conducted Friday with expertise, foresight and care. Rene Sutherland and Donella Johnston from the Office for the Participation of Women seemed to be everywhere! The choices for workshops worked well. All people I spoke to were happy with their choices. Several women told me they were challenged and worked well outside their comfort zones. All good! they said.
I am pleased I had the opportunity to be a part of this Colloquium.
Article by Patricia Banister.