R O O T  &  B R A N C H

A SYNOD THAT STARTS WITH WOMEN
AND DOESN’T END THERE

OUR INCLUSIVE SYNOD*

5th - 12th September, 2021

*In the Catholic Church, Synods usually mean only bishops and only men.
We are reclaiming its true meaning of walking “the way together”, listening deeply to one another. Everyone is welcome!

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Pope Francis wants

a Synodal Church that listens deeply.

Root & Branch Inclusive Lay-led Synod

 already calls  for radical re-thinking of our Church’s

 

inclusion

diversity

moral theology

and authority.

 

Pope Francis has told all bishops worldwide that
they must consult with us, the people,

from 17th October, through to April 2022.

But do they really listen?
How many of us have already walked away?

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Come and hear what millions of Catholics think,

(but rarely say aloud)


at our

 

ROOT & BRANCH

INCLUSIVE LAY-LED SYNOD

5th-12th September, 2021

 

All are welcome.

All topics are on the table.

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It is my dream you dream,

my house you build,

Join Us
We have Journeyed for Discernment for a year with our fantastic speakers (see all their guest sessions here). Now we culminate in our our lay-led Live and Zoomed Inclusive Synod.

We are proud to have Professor Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, Canon Lawyer and Chancellor of Trinity College, Dublin, as our key speaker. Mary has pledged to spend her retirement challenging Church teachings on homosexuality and women. We have been privileged to hear other fantastic speakers on our Journey of Discernment since September 2020.

 

We have reached A Time to Act.

We sincerely hope you will join us for two world-class events:
 

*20.00-21.00 Thursday 9th September 2021 you are invited to join our Inner Room online to pray for a joyful final weekend for our synod. Your ticket will give you access.

Creating the Bristol Text to Reform

5-8 September 2021
on Zoom only

Casting Out Our Fear - The Way Forward

10-12 September 2021
in Bristol and on Zoom

CREATING THE BRISTOL TEXT
Our Panels

Zoom with us for all of these and have your say as we hear from our expert panels on The Bristol Text to Reform.
Each evening, from 5th-8th September, 2021.

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Virginia Saldanha
chair of
AUTHORITY
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Ruby Almeida
chair of
DIVERSITY
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Katharine Salmon
chair of
MINISTRY
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Joanna Moorhead
chair of
MORAL THEOLOGY
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Kochurani Abraham
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Rev. Dr.
James Alison
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Rev.
Tony Cassidy
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Patricia Rumsey
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Martha Heizer
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Dr.
Claire Jenkins
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Baroness
Helena Kennedy QC
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Kate McElwee
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Thomas O'Loughlin
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Dr.
John O'Loughlin Kennedy
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Rev.
Diarmuid O'Murchu
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Kathleen Gibbons Schuck
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Dr.
Nontando Hadebe
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Gina Menzies
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Dr.
Luca Badini Confalonieri
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Prof. Emerita
Tina Beattie

CASTING OUT OUR FEAR: The Way Forward

Live and on Zoom
St. Michael's Centre, Bristol, BS34 8PD.

Noon to noon, 10th-12th September, 2021.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Prof. Mary McAleese
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Dr.
Ally Kateusz
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Rev. Dr.
James Alison
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Baroness
Helena Kennedy QC
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Eve Rose-Keenan
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Miriam Duignan
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Prof. Emerita
Ursula King
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Myra Poole SND
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Virginia Saldanha
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Soline
Humbert Vatinel
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James Carroll
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Christina Rees
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Ruby Almeida
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Prof. Emerita
Tina Beattie
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Martha Heizer
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Thomas O'Loughlin
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