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 OUR SYNODAL PROCESS WORKS

1.

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

2.

Your thoughts have now been 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. Zoom tickets can be booked here.

Synodal Panels

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.
Kathleen Gibbons Schuck - facilitator, executive coach, and Roman Catholic Woman Priest

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

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

Dr Luca Badini Confalonieri - Executive Director of and author at the Wijngaards Institute with a long standing interest in the governance of the Roman Catholic Church