Starting in the month of June, ALL Forum organised online course on Synodality for 32 participants from Maktaba-e-Anaveem Pakistan (MAP). This online course is currently ongoing and has completed all of its 4 sessions. During this course we have been mainly discussing on Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Church (SLMC) the document released by the Pontifical International Theological Commission in 2018.
During the first 2 weeks we have discussed chapter 1 to 4 of the SLMC document, covering Meaning of Synodality; Synodality in the Bible and early church; Vatican II and Synodality; Theological basis of Synodality; Implementing Synodality; People of God and Synodality; Synodality on All Levels; Synodal Renewal of the Church; Spirituality and Communal Discernment. In the 3rd week we engaged in learning about “Synodality in Amazon synod and Thereafter” understanding the Preparation of Amazon Synod and Its “Working Document”(Instrumentum Laboris); Final Document and Its Significance; Opposition to the Synod: Vatican’s Response to the Synod: Foundation of ECA, Ecclesial Conference of Amazon.
During the 4th week we observed the “Possible Cases Synodal Churches in the World” diving deeper in understanding the Cases of Infanta and PCP II in Philippines & CCRI in India; Chilean Church and Peoples’ Synod; Sex Scandals and Peoples Synod in the US; Women driven Synod “Root & Branch” in the UK; Synodal Path in Germany; Synodality as a Way of Church Reform. We will also be having a 5th week session which be dedicated mainly for discussion so that we reach a better understanding of Synodality. Until now the recording of the sessions are available on our Youtube channel. Please be subscribed to it so that you will receive updates as and when new content is available.