for dignity and equality
in the Catholic Church

5 - 12 SEPTEMBER, 2021

5-8 September via Zoom only

10-12 September via Zoom and at St Michael’s Church Conference Centre,
Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

When we began planning our Journey to the Synod,
last September 2020, Zooming with an ecumenical range of speakers from across the world, we were calling it our "Year of Discernment".
It seems many other reforming groups across the world are also choosing to use this exact word, discernment.
The Holy Spirit is indeed moving within us.

An inclusive Synod that, instead of ending with women,
starts with them

Joanna Moorhead called in The Tablet in January 2020 for “a Synod that instead of ending with women starts with them.” 

We heard her call for action. 

We will start with women but our remit is to return to the inclusivity modelled by Jesus, honouring and empowering all people.

Sr Myra Poole, SND, a lifetime campaigner for women’s ordination, will open the inclusive Synod. 

We are honoured that Professor Mary McAleese will give our keynote speech on Canon Law, the Church and Human Rights legislation.

She will be joined by an impressive range of thinkers and leaders. These include the noted art historian Dr Ally Katuesz; award-winning writer James Carroll; Catholic theologian, priest and author Rev. Dr. James Alison; campaigner for church reform Miriam Duignan; activist, writer and theologian Virginia Saldanha; and leading lay woman in the Church of England Christina Rees; educationalist, psychologist and feminist theologian Martha Heizer; barrister and broadcaster Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, and Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies, Ursula King.
Other exciting speakers to be announced.

After dialogue with the hierarchy, religious, theologians, activists and yourselves, the inclusive Synod will agree 4 statements and the actions arising from them to take us forward.

All sessions will also be available via Zoom.


TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION will be available in early summer.
Both live and on Zoom!

Please get in touch to register interest.


We have some wonderfully powerful speakers already booked for the 7-day Root & Branch Inclusive Synod on Zoom and in Bristol – more to come, watch this space!

Prof. Mary McAleese
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Ally Kateusz
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Myra Poole SND
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James Carroll
Rev. Dr.
James Alison
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Miriam Duignan
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Virginia Saldanha
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Christina Rees
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Martha Heizer
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Prof. Emerita
Ursula King



10-12 Sep. 2021

The event will run from midday on Friday 10th September 2021 to after our own Eucharist celebration on the morning of Sunday 12th September 2021.


Stoke Gifford, Bristol

We are delighted to be able to gather physically for the Root & Branch Synod at St Michael’s who share our desire for justice in Christ’s church.

The spacious, modern centre is within walking distance of Bristol Parkway train station. The main auditorium for 500 will be perfect for a socially distanced ‘safe’ number of 150 or so, with participation via Zoom from across the world.

We can also make good use of their numerous breakout rooms for smaller discussions.

Hotel Room

Special Rates

We have made arrangements with two hotels close to the venue. Quote Catholic Women’s Ordination for special room rate. Should the event be cancelled due to Covid-19, you will receive a full refund on rooms.

Holiday Inn, BS16 1QX
Single room £95, twin and double £125, if you stay 2 nights on the 10th and 11th Sept 2021.

Holiday Inn Express, BS34 8TJ

Single, double, twin rooms all £84, if you stay 2 nights on the 10th and 11th Sept 2021.