Synods have historically been gatherings of Church hierarchy called by a Pope to discuss Church issues. Simple? Pope Francis called two sequential synods in 2014-2015 to discuss and understand the contemporary lived experience of families. While any synod’s objective is to listen, exchange opinions and experiences, learn from the diversity of ideas and then to collegially and collectively plan action, Synods are listening events to broaden perspectives to achieve the best results possible.
The word’s origin (Latin and Greek) means “embarking on a journey together.” Note the relational component “together” which defines a primacy of our faith. After all, relationships are the core of our Scripture stories: the good, the bad, and the ugly. We are called to build deeper relationships, to learn about other’s lives by encountering them, and to work together to resolve issues for the common good.
So why have we opted to hold the first-ever national Peoples Synod?
We’d love for you to join us in this exciting, first-of-its-kind respectful treatment of the People of God. We’re not just about talk. We have too long been passive disciples following a direction we do not own. We must become apostles of our faith. When we shared that perspective with a bishop, his response was “You can’t do that. There were only twelve!” We responded “We don’t support closed sets. Those who take the Gospel message out to others are by definition apostles.” Silence followed.
Come! Experience faith in action like perhaps you have never witnessed and be a pioneer, an ambassador, to the message of LOVE that can only eradicate polarization.
We are being encouraged to become an action population who are being called to practice our faith actualizing our rights and responsibilities received at Baptism. Basically, we are empowering one another through dialogue using a tried-and-true method called the Circle Way.