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Wednesday, March 6 • 10:45 - 12:45
#6/260 – Synodality in the 21st Century: Ecumenical Perspectives

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In recent times there have been renewed attempts to discern the nature and practice of synodality across different churches. From inter-Orthodox gatherings to the Roman Catholic synods of 2014 and 2015 to attempts to explore new synodal ways and means across many differing communions such as Lutheranism, Anglicanism and among the Reformed churches. There are profound ecclesiological and practical implications to Pope Francis’ statement that synodality is ‘a constitutive element of the Church’, along with his reiteration of the words of St. John Chrysostom that ‘Church and Synod are synonymous’. What does synodality mean today? What new and renewed forms of ecclesial discernment and engagement can best help promote and widen synodality today? What ecclesial structures and interactions are necessary to promote such synodality for these times? How can synodality be expressed and exercised in ecumenical fashion today?

  • Gerard Mannion (Ecclesiological Investigations Network / Georgetown University)

  • Sandra Arenas (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) - The Abuse of Power Crisis as a Locus to update Synodality: the Chilean Case
  • Miram Haar (Konfessionskundliches Institut, Bensheim) - Communion Accountability – Reflections on Synodality from a global Lutheran Perspective
  • Vladimir Latinovic (University of Tübingen) - Good and Bad Synodality in the Orthodox Church: the Conciliar Examples of Moscow 1918 and Crete 2016
  • Sandra Mazzolini (Pontifical University Urbaniana) - Conversion and Reform of Ecclesial Structures - Towards a Synodal Church
  • Johannes Oeldemann (Johann-Adam-Moehler-Institute for Ecumenics) - Re-thinking the Relationship between Primacy and Synodality
Language: English


Gerard Mannion

Ecclesiological Investigations Network / Georgetown University


Sandra Arenas

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Miram Haar

Konfessionskundliches Institut, Bensheim

Vladimir Latinovic

University of Tübingen

Sandra Mazzolini

Pontifical University Urbaniana

Johannes Oeldemann

Johann-Adam-Moehler-Institute for Ecumenics

  • Language English
  • Language English