All year round we hear about events popping up in our parishes and faith communities of varying scale. It can feel like there are a lot of activities demanding our attention and we may not have the time or resources to attend. However, there are many joys and benefits when we are able to make the time. Such conferences can be an important opportunity to reconnect and renew ourselves individually and communally.
Our faith needs to be nurtured and developed, which can often be limited if our faith life is confined to the walls of our local churches. Attending workshops and seminars from faith speakers around the world can bring a new perspective that changes the way we think and approach our faith. Christianity is the largest religion in the world and thus we are blessed to have such an array of learning and sharing available to us.
“The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong.” Psalm 37:30
The beauty of engaging with an interactive experience, like a conference, is that we are not only blessed, but also can be a blessing for others. Through social time and sharing a common discipleship, we can be what other people need. We can be the new perspective that someone else is desperately seeking out. There are many people out there who are curious about God but may lack formative experiences like a conference. Inviting someone to come to a conference or being a friend or mentor to them during the experience is evangelisation in its intended form. Just like the first disciples we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses to others.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
The Alive in the Spirit Conference will be a unique opportunity for you to grow and be a disciple to others. You can register here.
The Alive in the Spirit Conference is being held online from 8 to 10 July 2021.
The Diocese of Parramatta is a platinum sponsor of the conference along with the Diocesan Development Fund, and Grief Care, Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria.
Darcy Noack is a volunteer for the Alive in the Spirit Conference and a parishioner of St John Bosco Parish, Engadine.