The time is now! Change in the Church is already happening, albeit slowly, to the naked eye and we want to accelerate that change by “partnering” with Pope Francis, who repeatedly invites us to a New Evangelization as he works on the structure and systems of the institutional Church. Not since Vatican II has there been such a groundswell of bishops willing to respond to the rumblings of the Spirit among us. Waiting for the bishops for an initiative is like waiting for Godot. We, the American Catholic Council, boldly accept Francis’ many invitations by developing the first-ever, national Peoples Synod.
We are organizing this initiative to give voice and action to the rumblings of the Spirit among the people, picking up on our 2011 conference in Detroit. New lenses and skill sets are needed for the journey ahead. Actualizing the faith in the lived experience of the People is our work; we leave the institutional work to Francis since the bishops elected him to this challenge at his election to the Papacy.
Why a new lens? Actualizing the faith is our work and becomes our identity. At Baptism, we were called to fulfill our mission in life, the very reason for which we were born as we were anointed Priest, Prophet and King. That was our initial “call”, a call to have life experiences to determine our customized path to become a servant leader in society. Join us as we dialogue about our common heritage, the very foundation of our faith and the life we create for ourselves through that faith. It’s all about LOVE; it was Jesus’ simple message!
What skill sets? To make our faith intentional to be the force of light in our dark, violent, destructive world where hurting people hurt people. Learning to engage in deep listening, building strong relationships and following the whisperof the Spirit to encounter others in their life’s journey utilizing dialogue, conscience and service to others.
The mission of the Synod is:
· To celebrate the WISDOM of the People through communal discernment
· To discover the path to “be Church as the People of God” (Vatican II)
· To engage in the INFLUENCE the People have in our lived experience in our grassroots environment by living an intentional faith
The Circle Way:
Our reflection, dialogue, and discovery will be guided by engaging in community that creates, and holds space for every voice to be heard and for wisdom to emerge in surprising and transformative ways. Though we gather from every corner of the country, we gather around a sacred Center with the shared intention to offer what we can to benefit the whole. We listen for Spirit within us and within one another, suspending judgment and welcoming mystery and transformation. Circle Way Facilitators will conduct a pre-Synod training session to equip attendees with the skill set of deep listening.
You can discover more about The Circle Way at www.thecircleway.net