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Introduction

We recognise, love and value all that is precious in the Church.

‘A Church that teaches must be firstly a Church that listens…what affects all should be discussed by all.’

- Pope Francis in Let us Dream, 2021

HOW THIS SYNODAL PROCESS WORKS

1.

In you haven't already, read our introduction.
You can find it
here.

2.

Read our statements here, and then the long list of actions relevant to each statement. You can add to these but they will eventually need to be reduced in number! However we wanted you to see the huge range of options open to us to be the church we want to be.

3.

Your thoughts will then be fed back to our distinguished panels. See below. They’ll present us with their own thinking and reasoning on Zoom in the week leading up to the final weekend of the Synod. Their biographies, etc. will follow. Zoom tickets can be booked here.

Statements and Actions

Have a look at our statements below.

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Redefining and Rebuilding

MINISTRY

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Embracing
DIVERSITY

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Rethinking
MORAL THEOLOGY

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Sharing
AUTHORITY

See below for a range of some possible actions.

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MINISTRY

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DIVERSITY

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MORAL THEOLOGY

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AUTHORITY

 

Synodal Workshop Panels

Calling all Root & Branchers to help draft our BRISTOL TEXT.

To join our mailing list with links to the following free forums on Zoom... 
 

Rethinking
MORAL THEOLOGY

 

Sunday
27 June
16.00 GMT

Insisting on sharing
AUTHORITY

 

Monday
28 June
16.00 GMT

Redefining and Reclaiming
MINISTRY

*past

Sunday
23 May
16.00 GMT

Embracing
DIVERSITY

*past

Sunday
23 May
17.00 GMT

We will shortly be posting here your comments gleaned during the discussions already held on Ministry and Diversity, as well as those received since by email to hello@rootandbranchsynod.org

Redefining and Reclaiming
MINISTRY

Sunday 5th September, 2021
19:00-20:30

CHAIR
Katharine Salmon - 
teacher, feminist, theologian

PANEL

Martha Heizer - co-founder of what became We are Church Austria
Kate McElwee - activist, Executive Director Women’s Ordination Conference
Rev. Diarmuid O’Murchu - social psychologist and author of Doing Theology in an Evolutionary Way, pastoral care for HIV-Aids, homeless and refugees

Patricia Rumsey - abbess of a Poor Clare monastery, associate professor at Nottingham University, and author of Lest She Pollute the Sanctuary.
Kathy Gibbons Schuck - Roman Catholic Woman Priest at St Mary Magdalene Community, Pennsylvania

Embracing
DIVERSITY

Monday 6th September, 2021
16:30-18:00

CHAIR
Ruby Almeida - 
co-chair Global Network of Rainbow Catholics

PANEL

Kochurani Abraham - feminist theologian, author, and Coordinator of the Indian Christian Women’s Movement for Kerala, India
Rev. Dr. James Alison - Catholic theologian, priest and author
Dr. Nontando Hadebe - specialising in African, Pastoral, Feminist and Liberation Theology, St Augustine College, South Africa
Dr. Claire Jenkins - trans woman, Senior Fellow Margaret Beaufort Institute, University of Cambridge, pastoral care to LGBT Catholics and Moslem asylum seekers and refugees

Rethinking
MORAL THEOLOGY

Tuesday 7th September, 2021
19:00-20:30

CHAIR
Joanna Moorhead -
 journalist and author, arts editor The Tablet

PANEL
Gina Menzies - Irish broadcaster, theologian and chair of Irish Government Taskforce of Women in Sport
Thomas O'Loughlin - author and Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology in The University of Nottingham, and the Director of Studia Traditionis Theologiae
Dr. John O’Loughlin Kennedy - retired economist, serial social entrepreneur, and author of The Curia is the Pope
Prof. Emerita Tina Beattie - theologian, former feminist Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton and author of the novel The Good Priest

Insisting on
SHARING AUTHORITY

Wednesday 8th September, 2021
16:30-18:00

CHAIR
Virginia Saldanha - 
Executive Secretary of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences Women’s Desk, and later of Laity & Family

PANEL [incomplete]

Rev. Tony Cassidy - theologian and priest of St Matthew, West Norwood, London
Christina Rees - member of the general synod of the Church of England, broadcaster,
writer and public speaker

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC - one of Britain’s most distinguished lawyers
championing civil liberties and promoting human rights