Date(s) - 12/03/2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

O'Connor / Pilkington Rooms


Library Lecture 1: Tuesday 12 March: Religious Education in a Post-Christian world: Exploring a framework of spirituality for teachers and students in Catholic schools with Rina Madden.

Rina writes: “To ask ‘why’ reveals belief in the significance of life even before it can be named. To ask ‘why’ is to encounter otherness and glimpse the sacred which is transformative. I have come to understand spirituality as experiencing the liminal spaces that provoke the ‘why’ questions of life.
In this interactive session we will explore a framework of spirituality developed around key questions arising from human experience and consider ways the Christian spiritual tradition can illuminate these questions.”

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Rina Madden is a Project Officer at Catholic Theological College and works in school based consultancy in religious education with a focus on teacher professional dialogue. She recently submitted her PhD which researches teacher perception of student spirituality and its impact on pedagogy. Her interests are in spirituality, teacher professional learning and Catholic identity.

Recent publications include:

  • “The Practice Room: A Space for Teachers to Engage in Dialogue About Learning.” In Quality Learning: Teachers Changing Their Practice, edited by Kathy Smith and John Loughran, 127-140. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, 2017.
  • “Spirituality and Religious Education: Reflecting on Teacher Practice.” Pacifica 30, no. 3 (2017): 268-283.
  • “Religious Education in Melbourne” in Religious Education in Australian Catholic Schools: Exploring the Landscape, edited by Richard Rymarz and Angelo Belmonte, 224-242. Mulgrave: Vaughan Publishing, 2017.

The dates for the other 2019 Library Lectures are:

2. Tuesday 11 June: The Challenge of Secularism with Barney Zwartz

3. Tuesday 27 August: An Introduction to Bookbinding by members of the Victorian Bookbinders’ Guild.

4. Tuesday 22 October: An Evening of Talks on Icons

These are held in the O’Connor/Pilkington Rooms from 7pm – 9pm.

214 Richardson Street, Middle Park

More details on each closer to the event.



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