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Synodality as a Founding Experience

One way to prepare for the 2023 Synod convened by Pope Francis is to return to the founding texts of the New Testament to examine how synodality was experienced in the practice of the first Christian communities. The book of the Acts of the Apostles – which recounts, from a theological perspective, the great events that marked the beginnings of the Church – constitutes, in this regard, a unique and unsurpassed witness. This webinar will focus on key texts in Acts where we can see the exercise of synodality unfolding with its ensuing consequences, including those relating the election of Matthias (Acts 1), the creation of a new ministry in the service of the most forsaken (Acts 6) and, above all, the discernment process concerning the welcoming of “Gentiles” into the Church (Acts 15).

This webinar is part of the series For a Synodal Church: Reflections on Communion, Participation, Mission

Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
(Presentation in French; discussion in English and French)

This webinar is free and open to the public.

About the speaker

Christian Dionne, omi, is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Theology, Saint Paul University. His teaching and publications are in the field of biblical studies.

About For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission — Reflections

Pope Francis has launched a three-year process of dialogue and discernment that will culminate in a synodal gathering in Rome in October 2023. Consultations are taking place at the diocesan and continental levels in preparation for the international synod. This series of reflections explores the meaning of synodality as an expression of the nature of the Church, its practice in Christian tradition, and the importance of recovering a culture of encounter and communal discernment in our day.


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