At the synodality school – UgeNyt

“The theme of synodality is not the chapter in a dissertation on ecclesiology, let alone a fashion, it is not a slogan or a new term to be used and exploited in our meetings. None! Synodality expresses the nature of the church, its form, its style and its mission. We are therefore talking about a synodal church, thus avoiding thinking that it is a title among others or a way of thinking about it by providing alternatives “(Pope Francis to the Diocese of Rome, 18 September 2021).

That Synod on synodality it represents a new and exciting phase in the life of the church. This phase deepens the ecclesiology of the people of God developed in the Second Vatican Council and invites us to create processes of repentance and reform of relationships, communicative dynamics, and structures in the Church. This requires a process of judgment and common formation in the short, medium and long term to stimulate awareness of a church that is lived and understood in a synodal key.

An intercontinental and intercultural project with the aim of accompanying formation in theology and synodality practice is what is proposed and organized by Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (Massachusetts-USA).

It is a course program online for bishops, priests, men and women religious, laymen and laymen, conceived in the context of the synodal journey made by the Church, for the purpose of providing some elements that encourage us to commit ourselves to building an institutional model for the Church. the third millennium: an entire church synodal.

The courses are free, offered in Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Italian and are held by speakers from all continents who will offer a global and intercultural vision of the Church.

First appointment in July

The first course will be held from 4th to 25th July over three weeks. It includes lectures, conferences, insights, and sharing of experiences about common judgment and decision-making processes in the Church.

The free online course (Massively open online course-Mooc) is sponsored by the Latin American Episcopal Council (Celam), by the Council of European Episcopal Conferences (Ccee), by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (Fabc), by the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), by the Union Superiors General ( USG), Latin American Confederation of Religious (CLAR), Union of European Conferences of Major Superiors and Superiors (Ucesm) and Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean (Cpal).

Registration can be done via this page:

The program for the first course online (4th-25th July): Community Appreciation and Decision Making in a Synodal Church

Introductory lessons

Council of Jerusalem: Analysis of Acts 15 (Juan Bytton sj, Peru)

Jerusalem Council: Judgment and Conflict Resolution (Carmen Bernabé, Spain)

Introduction to Synodality (Rafael Luciani, Venezuela)

WEEK 1: From societal insights to maturing consensus


Social skills (Laurence Loubières, xmcj, Canada)


Consensus Building (Emili Turù, Spain)

Conflict Management and Disagreement (Judith Gruber, Germany)

Processes of Listening, Discernment, and Decision Making in a Diocese (Mgr Faustino Armendáriz Jiménez, Mexico)


Networking and listening and discernment processes together (Christine Danel, xmcj, France)

Models of Distinction in Asia (Christina Kheng, Singapore)

Models of Community Insights in Africa (Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, sj, Nigeria)

Community Distinguishing Practices in Africa (Anne Arabome, sss, Kenya)

WEEK 2: Decision making in the church


Preparation and Decision Making in the Church (Serena Noceti, Italy)


Decision making process e decision making in the first centuries of Christianity (Samuel Fernandez, Chile)

Synodality and societal decisions (Alphonse Borras, Belgium)

Synodality of Democracy and Parliamentarism (Carlos Garcìa de Andoin, Spain)


Experiences from the Australian Plenary Council (Shane Anthony Mackinlay, Australia)

The Experience of the Church Assembly in Latin America and the Caribbean (Gloria Liliana Franco, odn, Colombia)

WEEK 3: Leadership and Governance in the Church


Leadership in the Church (David McCallum, sj, USA)


Co-responsibility and teamwork (Nathalie Becquart xmcj and Philippe Becquart, Vatican and Switzerland)

Accountability: International Relations and Church Reactions (Carlos Schickendantz, Chile)

Co-government and accountability in the dioceses (Mons. Raùl Biord, Venezuela)


Power in the Church (Gregor Maria Hoff, Germany)

Leadership and Teamwork in a Diocese (Ms. Jose Saul Grisales, Colombia)

Leadership and Management of Women in the Church (Sr. Joséee Ngalula, Democratic Republic of the Congo)

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