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Interculturality Workshop 02 (Cancelled)

Saturday, 17 June 2023
10am - 2.30pm

Facilitated by Sr. Cathy Solano RSM

Topic 1: Delving deeper into interculturality: practical and personal implications

In this workshop we explore and share some of the positive and fragmenting experiences that result from the meeting of different cultures and other aspects of human diversity. We are invited to begin reflecting on the understandings we have and the subsequent challenges that personally affect each one of us.

We will address the following questions:

  • What have we learned from past notions of “culture”, “race” and “ethnicity” and what are their contemporary understandings?
  • How have science and theology contributed to humanity’s “intercultural” understanding?
  • What is “interculturality” and how can we begin to make it a reality in our lives?

Topic 2: Interculturality: the roles of  “vulnerability” and “power”

We will examine:

  • key biblical and theological notions of vulnerability and power.
  • the possibilities that vulnerability and brokenness create
  • the interrelatedness of power and vulnerability
  • an intercultural interpretation of power so it is harnessed for the common good.
  • our awareness and appreciation of the varying attitudes, behaviours and values.


These workshops on interculturality uphold the fundamental belief that no particular race, gender, age, or class is superior to any other. They deepen awareness of the personal attitudes, values and behaviours we possess so interpersonal conflict is reduced and we may develop greater intercultural sensitivity and a respectful appreciation of all God’s people.

We will:

  • examine past and present understandings of “culture” and associated concepts such as diversity, assimilation, systemic racism, vulnerability/power and white fragility
  • read and reflect on the interculturality-themed writings of Pope Francis: A Culture of Encounter, Fratelli tutti, and Let Us Dream
  • share our insights and responses to the theology and implications of intercultural living
  • discern together how our understanding of interculturality can make a practical difference to our daily living, especially in regards to racism and the marginalisation of minority groups.



Please contact Fr. Sunil at 03 9762 6625

Or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.au


Suggested donation

Full fee: $20 per workshop

Concession: $15 per workshop

Simple lunch with coffee/tea are provided


In the spirit of reconciliation, the Society of the Divine Word, Australia Province, acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea, sky, and community.

We acknowledge their skin-groups, story-lines, traditions, religiosity and living cultures.

We pay respect to their elders, past, present, and emerging, and extend that respect to all indigenous peoples of New Zealand, Thailand, and Myanmar.

We are committed to building with them, a brighter future together.