Beth is an educator and Benedictine Oblate who has worked in Catholic Education for over 30 years. During that time she has been a Primary teacher, Religious Education Coordinator, Education Officer (RE) in Catholic Life Education Mission and is currently Education Officer (Special Projects) in Strategic Planning & Policy/Office of the Director (SPP) at the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Wollongong. Beth is also a member of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan Ecological Conversion Committee.
One of Beth’s key roles is leading the system response to the Papal encyclical Laudato Si' through building staff capacity in ecological conversion with particular emphasis on creating links with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Spiritualities. Areas of her work include the development of resources for schools and providing professional learning experiences and formation in environmental education, ecological conversion and influencing system policy development ensuring alignment with Laudato Si’.
Beth is passionate about enlivening religious education and Catholic School communities so that they are relevant to both students and teachers and works to help schools read the ‘signs of the times’ so that they can be communities of justice, inclusivity, sustainability and hospitality.
Who Is My Neighbour? Called to Ecological Conversion
The global environmental challenges we currently face call all of humanity to an ecological conversion.
In this workshop participants will be invited to deepen their understanding of integral theology and the call of Laudato Si’ to hear both the ‘cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ LS,49. As we listen with a Benedictine ear of the heart we realise that the human being is so connected to the Cosmos that destroying God’s creation becomes a moral, human-rights issue.