CYM Research Seminar9


Friday Workshops   

Young People in Catholic Schools
 Prof Richard Rymarz 

Effective Parishes and Young People 
with Dr Trudy Dantis

Youth Ministry Leadership in an Uncertain Future 
with Graham Stanton
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The workshop draws on insights from complexity theory to reflect on how we might best prepare youth ministry leaders today to face a future that we can neither predict or control. We will explore the need for conducting “safe-to-fail experiments” rather than simply pursuing “fail-safe strategies” and outline three constraining boundaries to guide faithful innovation. 

Saturday Workshops   

Exploring Australia's religiously dis-identifying young people 
with Stephen Reid
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In 2013, the ACBC Pastoral Research Office flagged an alarming trend revealed by detailed analysis of Australian Census data. The research found that, between 2001 and 2011, across all age groups, more than 20,000 Australians every year were ceasing to identify themselves as Catholics (ACR, 2013, 131-146). Initial analysis of 2016 Census data indicates this trend has exacerbated.

This workshop will examine the various sources of data to determine some of the factors in the trend, particularly amongst teens and young adults. Participants will be able to share their own ideas and contribute to exploring what the trend means for their own situation.

Listening to the voices of Young People
with Peter Bierer
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Last year, the Archdiocese of Adelaide held a series of listening forums with young people in preparation for the 2018 Synod of Bishops, and the results were incredible. Over 180 young people at eleven events provided 2400 individual responses to questions about their experiences and opinions, hopes and fears, and relationship with the Catholic Church. In this workshop, participants will learn about the practical methods used to conduct the research, analyse and report the data, and apply results to strategic planning.Participants will come away from this workshop with practical tools and resources for conducting research events with young people.