National Secretariat, Tagaytay City - More than 245 high school and college leaders, animators, coordinators, chaplains, and youth ministry partners registered for the first ever full online event of the Student Catholic Action of the Philippines for its 13th National Leadership Conference from 28th of July to 1st of August 2021. The opening program will happen this afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
The national leadership conferences of SCAP are held every after three years since 2004. The Diocese of Bacolod assumed the hosting last year but due to the pandemic, the event was canceled. Moving forward, SCAP didn't stop to pursue the occasion. Hence, it came up with a different yet creative approach in a hope to offer the closest experience of face-to-face interactions.
This year's national leadership conference bears the theme, “Tugon:“Responding to the Call of the Times through Faith in Action.” It echoes the invitation of the Blessed Mother to the servers in the wedding at Cana to “Do whatever He tells you.” [Jn 2:5] The event also commemorates the 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines, wherein every SCAn is called to a selfless sharing through responding to the call of the times. The program shall offer a deep reflection-analysis on the nature of youth issues today (Values & Education, Social Justice & Peace, Environment, Science & Technology, and Digital Culture).
A critical understanding of issues through study sessions and workshops using an experiential approach and Cardijn’s See-Judge-Act Methodology will be followed. Alongside are Theological reflection and moments of prayer and silence. Resource speakers will be engaging participants in fruitful discussions and action-planning.
Get a glimpse of this year's conference resource speakers:
Dr. Fides del Castillo is an Associate Professor of the Theology and Religious Education Department at De La Salle University-Manila. She is an author of several religious and values education books. She is an active contributor as a scholar and has published in high-impact academic journals such as the Journal of Religion and Health, Mission Studies and Religions.
She received an Emerging Scholar Award from Common Ground Research Network at Washington, DC, the Global Minds Visiting Expert Grant from KU Leuven and grants from Duke University, USA. She is also a research fellow at Fuller Theological Seminary, California. Her research interests are Christianity, empirical theology, youth studies, and spirituality.