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Synodality within a Baptismal Ecclesiology

A focus on the non-clerical status of the laity has tended to bifurcate the Church into “laity” and “ordained” instead of emphasizing the Church’s identity as embracing the whole people of God. Too often, theologies have defined the laity in negative terms as the non-ordained. “Laity” becomes a remainder concept, that is, referring to all those left over once the ordained are identified. On the other hand, a reflection that begins with the whole people of God and the common priesthood of all the baptized prioritizes the Church rather than ministry, and what is held in common rather than what is distinctive. Synodality and conciliarity thus become attributes of the whole Church rather than functions of a particular group.

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

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
(Presentation in English; discussion in English and French)

This webinar is free and open to the public.

About the speaker

Susan K. Wood, SCL, Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean at Regis College in the Toronto School of Theology, teaches in the areas of ecclesiology and sacramental theology and is very active in ecumenical work.


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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