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Interculturality Workshop 03

Sunday, 18 June 2023
10am - 1.00pm

Facilitated by Sr. Cathy Solano RSM

Topic 1: Resistance to interculturality: race, racism, white supremacy, anti-racism, white fragility and other related social theories

We will examines the basic concepts inherent in white supremacy, systemic racism and white fragility. Debates are raging about the validity of critical race theory, and public life is rife with cultural conflicts.

Topic 2: Jesus’ encounters with interculturality: the challenges and prospects

  • We will explore the challenging encounters Jesus had with the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15: 21 – 28) and the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1 – 42).
  • We will reflect on the texts of the good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25 – 37) and the Journey to Emmaus, which reveal how Jesus’s own intercultural understandings developed.
  • We will examine some of the texts from Acts of the Apostles and the letters of Paul and Peter to understand how the early communities of disciples were faced with the question of inclusivity and diversity and how they responded.


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

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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.