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The Way Forward

10-12 September 2021
in Bristol and on Zoom

Our world-class speakers inspire action

either in person or on Zoom depending on Covid travel restrictions


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

We are honoured that 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 Ally Kateusz specialising in women and religion in Early Christian art and text; award-winning American writer and former priest James Carroll; Catholic theologian, priest and author James Alison; and human rights barrister and broadcaster Helena Kennedy QC.


We’re delighted to confirm speaking sessions also with campaigner for Catholic reform Miriam Duignan; activist, writer and theologian Virginia Saldanha; Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology Thomas O’Loughlin;  broadcaster and leading lay woman in the Church of England Christina Rees; educationalist, psychologist and feminist theologian Martha Heizer; renowned theologians Ursula King and Tina Beattie; co-chair Global Network of Rainbow Catholics Ruby Almeida; Anglican priest, Labour councillor for Rotherham West, and survivor of child sexual exploitation Eve Rose-Keenan; and Soline Humbert Vatinel, co-founder of Brothers and Sisters in Christ amongst others. 

There will also be an Inter-Faith panel, and early on the Sunday morning a Closing Liturgy with the Breaking of Bread.

Prof. Mary McAleese
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Ally Kateusz
Rev. Dr.
James Alison
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Helena Kennedy QC
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Humbert Vatinel
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Derek Reeve
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Dave Lucas
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Eve Rose-Keenan
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Miriam Duignan
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Prof. Emerita
Ursula King
Ruby Almeida
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Declan Lang
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Eleanor Flynn
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Shanon Sterringer 
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Myra Poole SND
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Virginia Saldanha
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Christina Rees
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Thomas O'Loughlin
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Vivienne Faull
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Iris Segall
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James Carroll
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Prof. Emerita
Tina Beattie
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Martha Heizer
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Rev. Dr.
Catherine Okoronkwo
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Christine Clinch
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Richard McKay
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Zeinab Mai-Bornu
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