Linking with the first session of the Synod on Synodality in Rome (October 2023), Clifton Diocese will be exploring the same themes through a series of webinars (7.30 – 9.00pm) through October. They include:
Dr Gemma Simmonds CJ: 4 October; ‘For a Synodal Church – an integral experience’ – Continuing our series, we are delighted to welcome Sr Gemma, a senior research fellow at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge and an international speaker and lecturer. Sr Gemma brings wisdom, insight and a wealth of experience within the Church. Click here to register
Dr Greg Ryan: 10 October; ‘A Communion that Radiates’ – we are delighted to welcome Dr Greg, an Assistant Professor of Ecclesiology and Receptive Ecumenism (CCS) for the Centre of Catholic Theology at the University of Durham. He will be exploring with us the themes of service and mission within a Synodal Church. Click here to register
Jenny Sinclair: 19 October; ‘Co-responsibility in Mission – How can we better share gifts and tasks in the service of the Gospel?’ – we welcome Jenny, the founder of Together for the Common Good (T4CG), a writer and a lecturer. She will help us to explore how we can walk together towards a shared awareness of the meaning and content of mission. Click here to register
Canon Christopher Thomas: 24 October (to be confirmed); ‘Participation, governance and authority in a synodal Church’ – concluding our series we welcome Canon Christopher the secretary to the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales. Working closely with the Bishops of England & Wales, Canon Christopher has chaired the national Synthesis Process and is well equipped to explore with us how our Church governs in a truly synodal way. Click here to register
Each webinar will be focusing on a different element of the work of the Synod. You are welcome to sign up for any of the sessions on offer.
More locally, Ushaw will be hosting a synodal conversation following the guidance given for those meeting in Rome in October. This free event will take place on the 1 November with myself and the Ushaw synod group. Further details can be found via the following link; we would love you to join us. To book follow this link, or phone: 0191 373 8500.
Amy Cameron, Co-ordinator for the Vicariate for Faith & Mission.