Inter-generational dialogue project

 
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During 2017-18 a group of people, (who work or have worked at CAFOD, the Cardinal Hume Centre, Depaul International, diocesan justice and peace offices, Jesuit Missions, Million Minutes, Missio, Pax Christi and with the Salesians and the Columbans), organised a series of inter-generational meetings to explore together the ways in which Catholic faith motivates us towards active involvement in matters of peace and justice.

Background

The project is sponsored by the Romero Trust. The planning group consists of Sam Aidoo, Steve Atherton, Stephen Davies, Sarah Burrows, Julian Filochowski, Pat Gaffney, Pat Jones, James Trewby. Consultancy was provided by Danny Curtin. We work at or have worked at CAFOD, the Cardinal Hume Centre, Depaul International, diocesan justice and peace offices, Jesuit Missions, Million Minutes, Missio, Pax Christi and with the Salesians and the Columbans. We are grateful for funding provided by a major trust, the Christian Peace Education Fund, the Columbans, the Passionists and the Missionary Institute. 

Methodology and Resources

The project methodology developed iteratively, from an early pilot conference onwards. Danny Curtin devised the conceptual shape of the small group methodology, constructing a 12 ft long wallchart to be used in groups in a structured process of conversation and activities. The process invited different generations to explore each other’s insights and commitments on common questions.

We are grateful to everyone who gave their time voluntarily to engage with this process. The learning from the conversations can be seen here.

Our learning has been shared with the Bishops from England and Wales attending the 2018 Synod in Rome on 'Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment'. 

Videos

Paired conversations

We filmed three pairs having in-depth conversations about faith, justice and peace, the generations and Church

 

‘You can go so far without faith, but faith can be something that pushes you further...’

— Conversation participant

 
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Get the conversation tool

We've developed a tool for you to help bring the generations together and start a dialogue in a 'faith that does justice and peace'.