The Southern Cross : February 2010
Page 26 February 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news The Reflection Do something special for Lent this year Join the Bishops of Australia in an exciting exploration of the Scriptures as we journey towards Easter 2010 Commencing Monday 15 February Take up the challenge... do The Reflection! thereflection.vividas.com Local churches are being encouraged to rediscover the Christian/Jewish connection through a new program which has been developed by the Council of Christians and Jews (SA). Reverend David Houston, Christian Co- Chair of the Council, says that while many Christians understand Christianity to have an important historic biblical and theological link with Judaism, few rarely give time to exploring its significance. He says for the past 30 years the Christian/Jewish dialogue has been active in Melbourne and Sydney but less so in Adelaide due to the smaller Jewish community. However, in the past couple of years the Christian and Jewish faiths have come together through programs such as Project Abraham. The Council has prepared workshop activities for local church groups which encourage them to explore the links between the two faiths and discuss why they are important. The program begins with the sharing of personal stories of friendship or acquaintance with Jews, visits to synagogues or member's homes during festival times. This is followed with a brief history of the CCJ in South Australia, with reference to its vision, mission and objectives. The second activity introduces several resource materials for discussion and thirdly, the group is asked to explore an issue paper relating to the Jewish faith. Finally, the group is asked to consider "what we could do as a congregation to further raise awareness of modern Judaism and celebrate the things we have in common?" This could include establishing a library of resources to share with others in the congregation, arranging a visit to a synagogue or inviting a Rabbi to speak at their church, researching the works of the Council and exploring related websites for material for further study or participating in CCJ (SA) meetings and special events. • The workshop program can be found on the Council's link to the national website http://ccjaustralia.org.en. SHARING THE WORD: Reading from the Torah at the Beit Shalom Synagogue are from left, honorary secretary of the CCJ, Anglican Deacon Rev Dawn Colsey, Jewish Co- Chair, Ron Hoenig, Rabbi Shoshana Kaminsky and Christian Co- Chair, Rev David Houston. Photo: Caryn Rogers Interfaith connection Speech pathology program Nazareth Catholic Community has collaborated with Flinders University, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, to establish a Speech Pathology Student Unit. The student unit provides a range of services including assessing and supporting children with speech and language difficulties. The focus is on short-term interventions to support children's communication skills so they are able to access and participate in curriculum and classroom activities. The student unit offers opportunities for speech pathology students in the final years of training to develop their clinical skills under the supervision of an experienced speech pathologist. Nicky Fanning, Lecturer and Clinical Educator, said the speech pathology students worked across all campuses and supported school students in many different ways. "For the speech pathology students the experience has been both challenging and positive as they have learned how to assess and plan interventions for children of different ages and with different areas of difficulty," she said. "They have all developed a wide range of skills over the time they have been here." Speech pathology student Keira Campbell said it was great to work in a school setting. "You have to think about communicating with teachers and parents, as well as learning about how to do speech pathology intervention," she said.