The third and final week of FABC General Conference began with the segment ‘Envisaging New Pathways’ on October 24.
The day began with a video recap of the previous segment ‘Emerging Realities’ and a press conference in the evening.
Archbishop Héctor Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte OFM, President of the Conferencia Episcopal Peruana and of the Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano y Caribeño (CELAM), sharing an in-depth look into the experiences and history of CELAM, the effects of Vatican II and the Episcopal Conferences, added context to the development of the Church in Latin America and its part in ecclesial networks.
Leslie D’Souza led the representatives in several sessions based on self-assessment and leadership in preparation for the days ahead.
Reflecting on the theme ‘and they went a different way,’ D’Souza called the representatives to be ‘new-age Magis,’ who will forge a new path forward.
- with inputs from FABC Media Office
Employing the ‘Theory-U’ methodology of “moving from the ecosystem where I am to the ecosystem of where I can be,” D’Souza led a session on ‘presencing’; seeing, understanding, feeling, sensing, followed by an evocation activity.
The three divides in Asia, namely, the ecological, social, and spiritual, between ‘self’ and ‘others’, were studied in depth and the way of bridging them, and the levels and importance of listening were highlighted. Underlining the root meaning of leadership, D’Souza, spoke about the need to develop an open mind, heart and will, and conducted a group-survey activity on listening.
The afternoon began with a journaling activity, with representatives answering questions about themselves, their habits, and the systems they work in. An empathetic walk followed, with representatives pairing up to listen to each other while leaving assumptions and impressions behind.
There was also a case clinic activity, where groups were invited to discuss and reflect on case studies based on leadership and the levels of listening, a journaling activity based on the case study, and a sharing with the representatives.
Envisaging new pathways constitutes the core of this conference.
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