Building the Kingdom of God Together

Our Journey, Engaging in Contemplative Dialogue

We welcome you to the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle contemplative dialogue and reflective experience. You are encouraged to engage during Lent 2021 during which the Gospel readings align to the five foundations: Identity and Community, Worship and Prayer, Formation and Education, Mission and Outreach, and Leadership and Structure.

As we continue the synodal journey, take advantage of the multiple resources as you contemplate leading towards the risen Christ at Easter and the second session of Synod. You can reflect on the Bishop’s response to the Gospel, immerse yourself in the visual liturgy of our Christian story, and contemplate the data gathered from the first session of Synod and the Plenary Council for our Diocese. Each week we encouraged you to engage in the resources before coming together to pray and connect in contemplative dialogue.

View the Building the Kingdom of God Together – Our Journey booklet here

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Building the Kingdom of God Together: Our Journey

Engaging in Contemplative dialogue this Lent

As disciples of Christ, what needs to happen in our hearts and in our minds and in our community for us to be a Christ-centred Church?

Each week during Lent you are encouraged to immerse yourself in the range of resources. These resources can be accessed online at

You are invited to gather in small groups and use the practice of Contemplative dialogue.

Contemplative dialogue leads to a shared understanding, we listen from an inner silence that creates a space where something new can emerge. Our intention is to move beyond the personal as we probe significant ideas together and listen deeply for truth in another’s point of view. Contemplative dialogue is a means of readying the ground for collective transformation, for helping shift from I to WE, from individualism to communion. Contemplative dialogue brings into focus the possibilities for genuine openness, listening, and transforming. Through the process of dialogue individuals can grow and better understand each other. Even when disagreement exists, the process of dialogue builds trust and greater connection.

You are invited to connect with community across the Diocese this Lent in contemplative dialogue as we prepare for the second session of Synod.

Groups will engage in a different foundation each week.

Week 1: Identity and Community (22 – 27 February)

Week 2: Worship and Prayer (1 – 6 March)

Week 3: Formation and Education (8 – 13 March)

Week 4: Mission & Outreach (15 – 20 March)

Week 5: Leadership and Structure. (22-27 March)

You are invited to attend one session each week.

You are invited to register each week to one of the sessions. It is optional to register at the same time or a different time each week.



Mondays: 22 February – 22 March, 9.30am to 11am

Tuesdays: 23 February – 23 March, 1pm to 2.30pm

Wednesdays: 24 February – 24 March, 6pm to 7.30pm

Thursdays: 25 February – 25 March, 10.30am – 12pm or 6pm to 7.30pm

Fridays: 26 February – 26 March, 9.30am – 11am

Saturdays: 27 February – 27 March, 2pm -3.30pm

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