The American Catholic Council
announces a Peoples Synod and Call for Papers
“Without a vision the people will perish” Proverbs 29:18
POSSIBILITY AND PROMISE: NEW LIFE FOR A CHURCH
OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF GOD
Baltimore, Maryland. September 27-29, 2019
The Peoples Synod will train participants in a style of small group listening that they can take back to their communities and use to establish “listening circles” to hear one another deeply, to allow one’s own perspective to grow, thereby honoring the dignity of each participant. These familiar yet new ways of touching each other’s heart can then mature into a practical paradigm for being the Gospel that Jesus preached, not through the politics of consensus but by preserving the diverse gifts of the Spirit within the people of God. Something new and life sustaining is emerging.
Call for Papers
Suggested topics include those raised by the above description and by the following questions:
Vatican II recognized the people of God as church but did not implement this vision. How can the people themselves rise to fulfill this vision?
Why did Vatican II state this vision of church but not do more? Can the leadership of the Spirit be felt within and through the people of God from the grass roots? How can the familiar forms of discussion and dialogue be given new life at the grass roots to make this vision coherent and real? What do historical precedents say about prospects for lay initiative?
At a time when the shepherds of the institutional Church seek lay leadership in responding to the sexual abuse crisis, does the credibility of that response require lay initiative rather than appointment of lay leaders by the shepherds?
The call for papers is in two parts:
These summaries will serve as “white papers” to be reviewed by participants in preparation for the Peoples Synod in September 2019.
Second, papers corresponding to these summaries should be submitted by July 15, 2020 for review, presentation and publication in a symposium that will be held in October 2020 reflecting upon the Peoples Synod.
Those submitting papers will be expected to peer review two other papers submitted to the symposium. The symposium will publish a Proceedings of the Peoples Synod, including both the papers and the summaries, revised and edited by the submitters as appropriate.